There are hundreds of places around London for burgers, but Yen Burger comes with a Japanese twist. I popped along a couple of weeks ago to give it a try.
Firstly, let’s talk about the decor because it is cute AF (cue heart-eyed emoji). The seating arrangements are simple rectangular shaped tables and stools. Downstairs the walls are made to look like sliding screens. The type you find in traditional Japanese houses. There’s a big mural of a girl with her hair blowing in the wind. Her hair is made out of pretty faux blossoms stuck to the wall. There’s a motivational neon sign, because everywhere in London needs one. It’s the rules. And then there’s the bar. The beautiful bar that looks like a big, pink blossom tree. This is, quite possibly, the prettiest burger joint in the world!
Before we got stuck in to the burgers, we ordered some cocktails. They all had quite unique flavours in them. Lily went for the Eden Garden which features cucumber & watermelon tonic. I had a little taste and it was very refreshing, but a bit too strong with the cucumber flavourings for my liking. I was debating between the Peachy Yen and the Fuzzy Guava, but as I’m a sucker for prosecco I went for the latter. If you like your cocktails sweet and fruity, then I’d definitely recommend it.
And now onto the really good stuff. THE FOOD! My beautiful date, Lily, went for the Yen Burger made with wagyu beef and featuring smoked turkey bacon, red onion, yen sauce & cheese. She basically inhaled it, it was so good! If, like me, you find that beef doesn’t quite agree with you, there are plenty more burgers to choose from, including cod, tofu and chicken. I ordered the Finest Chick which was chicken breast covered in coconut panko & fried. Panko is essentially breadcrumbs, but made from crustless bread and ground into larger flakes, so it gives a lighter crunch to the coating. Now, I took a little longer to eat my burger because a) I’m a slow eater, and b) the Finest Chick was a little messier than the Yen Burger, but that’s not to say it wasn’t a delicious mess! Something which we both noticed was how light and fluffy the buns were. This meant we had space for sides.
You can’t have burgers without fries, right? After enquiring what exactly dashi is (it’s a type of stock), we were persuaded to give the Dashi Chips a go. I mean, it didn’t actually take much persuading, and thankfully, they didn’t disappoint. The dashi flavouring certainly gave the fries a little kick! The highlight, however, came in the form of fried halloumi. It was heavenly and came with a creamy mango dip. I plan to re-visit just to get my hands on some more!!
1B Southwark Street,
Nearest station: London Bridge