On almost every London street corner you can find a burger spot these days, with every taste and budget catered for. From kebab shops to haute cuisine, the burger trend isn’t going anywhere, and I for one am absolutely delirious about this. I couldn’t give two hoots if my fellow Londoners are getting fed up with them. Lighten up.
It was with some trepidation that I first visited The Advisory in Hackney a couple of years ago. It’s right next to the Dolphin pub – an East End institution open through the night where revellers go when everywhere else is closed. I shan’t lie, I’ve stumbled through its doors many a time in various unflattering degrees of abandon. With that in mind, it feels a little strange dining al fresco next door. But the feeling of terror soon subsides when you get your lips round The Advisory’s heaven-sent meat.
Its minimal interior is tiny and it can get pretty busy, but don’t let that stop you. The burgers are delicious and cooked to perfection, but the pulled pork sandwich is usually at the top of my list. I like to take as many friends as possible so we can order as many sides as possible so I can eat as much as possible. Wash down whatever you order with a Crate beer, brewed just down the canal. Oh and please, PLEASE try the artery-clogging onion rings. They’re incredible.