Patty and Bun is well worth the trip at the best of times, but if the queues at James Street aren't your cup of tea, we think you should head east for their latest, The Arch in London Fields.
Where is it?
Right round the corner from London Fields station - and a few arches down from the E5 Bakehouse. And it's pretty big inside (although we set ourselves up on one of the few tables outside), as you can see from this pic:
What makes it different from the other Patty & Buns?
Brunch! While you can still order all the burgers that do very well elsewhere, The Arch is (so far) the only one to serve weekend brunch and based on our impressions it's well worth travelling east for. Plus they have lots more on the specials board (including the Patty Melt that's apparently well worth ordering too). We tried:
- The smoked duck nuggets (£6)- which were AMAZING. Honestly, it's worth just popping in for these if you're passing by. Lots of big chunks of duck and pasilla ketchup.
- The brunch special of the day (£6) - which moves furthest from the usual buns and burgers you'd expect from them. This was a hash of smoked pork shoulder, cheddar, fired egg and pickled chilli. An excellent dish which shows that the brunch special could always be worth ordering.
- And we think you can do well with any of the brunch buns - which are surprisingly vegetarian friendly (OK, except for the use of bacon mayo in the harissa scrambled egg and smashed avocado bun). The brisket and scrambled egg was also a winner, as were the excellent buns from the nearby Pavilion bakery (which we'd definitely buy on their own if we could).
So is it worth making the trip?
We'd say it's a resounding yes (and it's useful to know that you can park nearby on Sundays). Head there for brunch and then mooch around Broadway Market afterwards like we did. A perfect way to start any weekend day.
The Arch by Patty & Bun is at 397 Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH. Follow them on Twitter for more info @pattyandbunjoe.
Hot Dinners were invited to Patty & Bun. Prices were correct at the time of writing.