In London, burgers aren’t hugely difficult to come by with many restaurants offering them as a staple piece of their menu and various venues specialising in burgers popping up all over the capital. I was lucky enough to be able to try out one of the newest joints specialising in this popular dish at Yen Burger in London Bridge thanks to Love Pop Ups London and I was extremely impressed (and stuffed) with my findings.
Yen Burger launched in November 2018 and is led by thriving female food entrepreneur Yen Nguyen and offers its customers a range of premium Asian-influenced burgers alongside delicious sides and scrumptious, adventurous cocktails which went down a treat.
Based just opposite the infamous Borough Market, Yen Burger is in the prime position for an after work bite or weekend treat. The menu offers a lot of variety and dishes that can suit all, including vegans and vegetarians which is helpful as my guest was a vegetarian.
Something that I’m not overly excited by is a standard beef burger. It fails to hit the spot for me unless the meat is of incredible quality and it has a little something special including (cheese is usually my special thing). Which is why I was so interested in the Yen Burger menu. There were Unique and flavoursome concoctions that I’ve not seen on other menus, and so many different ones that I wanted to try that I can see myself returning and taste testing each one.
We headed over on a Wednesday after work and weren’t particularly shocked by how busy both floors of the restaurant were. We were confronted by a cheeky and friendly chef at the top window as I took a photo of the outside of the venue and then greeted by a lovely menu of staff who took us to our table downstairs, where there’s a beautiful floral bar which is the perfect backdrop for this top notch space.
We started with drinks. I went for the Lychee Dream because I am currently obsessed with anything lychee flavoured.
This consisted of Lychee Juice, passion fruit, coconut sake and The first taste of this was sharp and sweet at the same time, helped by the sugar around the rim which sadly was a little sticky on the glass and made me a little reluctant to pick it up but didn’t stop me enjoying it hugely. My friend picked the Fuzzy Guava which was made from vodka, prosecco, peach schnapps and orange. Obviously I had to have a cheeky taste and I was pleasantly surprised. Very fruity but the prosecco still managed to shine through. We were both very impressed with these.
Then. It was time for the food. I was very excited for this. We started with some sides and chose the edamame beans and vegetable gyozas. As far edamame beans go I’m not sure you can get much wrong with these, perfectly salty (the salt is the best bit) and the portion size was wonderful. I couldn’t fault the gyozas. They were perfectly crisp. Came out hot and were full of flavour and scrumptious veggies. It was one of those moments that we both looked at each other and agreed that they were fantastic.
Burgers were up next. It took both of us a while to decide which one we were going to go for as there were so many I would’ve happily eaten. It was a difficult choice between three of the burgers, these were the Yen Burger – 100% Wagyu Beef patty, lettuce, shiso, pickles, red onion, smoked turkey bacon, Yen sauce and cheese. And the Surf N’ Turf Burger – Aberdeen Angus beef patty, grilled prawns, lettuce, corriander, tomato, red onion, sweet chilli and lime. Yet, in the end I opted for the Finest Chick – Coconut panko chicken breast, slaw, shiso, tomato, red onion, mango sauce (and of course I added cheese).
I was so impressed with The Finest Chick. It was packed full and there were so many flavours in side the delightfully fluffy bun. The mango sauce was incredible and ensured the burger was moist and had a fruity feel. I’m not a huge fan of slaw but there was no slaw overload and it worked really well with the rest of the burger. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who’s a chicken burger fan!
My friend had The Cod – Grilled fresh cod fillet, lettuce, shiso, red onion, homemade tartar sauce (she also added cheese). I didn’t sneak a bite but she made it very clear that it was great. I was told that the cod was fresh and the coating wasn’t too heavy like a fish shop batter but there was enough there to make it very enjoyable, it looked incredible and I was more expecting a sort of fish finger sandwich and so it exceeded my expectations.
We paired our burgers with both sweet potato chips and dashi chips, we weren’t too sure what to expect from these but were pleasantly surprised to find that they had a bbq-esque coating/dusting and really complimented the burgers, the portions were huge and we didn’t manage to fill them all… if you don’t have the worlds biggest appetite then I would suggest maybe sharing a portion of fries between two as we didn’t have any space left to try the pudding or a milkshake! But we still left with very happy bellies.