Tommi's Burger Joint, W1U 2QP
- 07717 207770
- 30 Thayer Street, W1U 2QP
- 11:30am-11pm (kitchen closes 10:30pm) Mon-Sat; noon-10pm (kitchen closes 9:30pm) Sun
Previously located on Marylebone Lane photo, it moved around the corner to Thayer Street (the bottom end of Marylebone High Street) in August 2013. The new space has a slightly larger seating area and is now licensed.
Note: The description of the interior below relates to the old Marylebone Lane site, but is largely unchanged for the new site. The queue was out of the door on a Friday lunchtime visit in August 2013, so we can't yet confirm if anything else has changed.
It's fitted out in a vaguely 'rock n roll' style, with exposed brickwork, vintage film posters, charming hand-written signs, and (at times) loud music playing. There's seating for 25, mostly at high tables with stools. At 2pm on a mid-week day, it had plenty of customers but was not full.
The menu is simple photo and sticks to the basic options at favourable prices (£5.30 for the burger, 50p extra for cheese), though it includes a veggie burger (£5.30) and a steak burger (£8). On Ewan's visit he went for the cheeseburger 'offer of the century', including fries and a soft drink (£9.40).
The burger is delivered after a few minutes' wait to your table (take-out is also available), in classic American diner style photo, wrapped in paper, in a wicker basket with the fries. Unwrapped, the look is no less classic photo, with a burnished brioche bun and a slice of processed cheese. The flavour is excellent, with a good size patty, still retaining plenty of moisture. Although they cook medium as standard, I requested medium-rare, which came with a bit of pinkness to the meat photo. Chips are crispy, not too greasy, perfectly fine.
Ewan's verdict: It may not be fine dining, but the favourable prices and good quality mean this is a good place to stop by for a refuel if you're in the area. Lacks the excessive queues (and to my mind, excessive attitude) of nearby Meatliquor and delivers a comparable burger (though there are no alcoholic drinks here).