BRGR Co, Kings Road, The Leicester City of burgers
As a Chelsea fan I'd rather forget the horror of last season, we went from premier League champions to relegation contenders. What somewhat sweetened this bitter pill was that none of our London rivals took our crown due to Leicester City's fairytale title run. They did this on the back of a well organised team that suffered few injuries and a group of players who by Christmas believed they could do it. They were also helped by indifferent opponents like us. Big question this season was could they replicate their amazing feat? Well based on the early Saturday Kick Off the other day it's an emphatic No. Admittedly we were good but they were awful, no drive, no threats on goal and we ended up easy 3-0 winners. The problem with the early KO is that it is too early for lunch pre game and when you come out at about 2:30PM most places are finishing their lunch service. We had guests over for dinner that night so a big evening meal loomed but I was certainly hungry for something to tide me over.
As you have probably seen I've been on a quest to find somewhere good to eat near Stamford Bridge. The late lamented Langan's in Earls Court was our go to place. Near the station, superb food and due to a very fortuitous work connection I got 50% off the bill. Since then we have tried various places some good some average. Probably the best of the bunch is friendly family run Italian Frantoio which is good fun with decent food but it's not really the place for a quick bite. I had Beardy Marc in tow who suggested we wander down the Kings Road and see what was available. My first choice was Tommi's Burger Joint but on entering it seemed everyone had the same idea post match. we were met by a big queue of Chelsea fans and Deliveroo drivers! We decided to keep wandering down the Kings Rd. I must admit I had my eye on the Ivy but Marc felt that might be too toppy for a quick lunch so he ushered me into BRGR Co.
I'd been to their other branch in Soho and though hardly memorable the meal was fine. This branch was busy with the last of the lunchtime crowd mostly shoppers. The open kitchen was at the front as you entered leading to the dining area at the rear. The glass ceiling gave the space a lot of natural light but the lack of good ventilation also made it very hot and stuffy on this bright autumn afternoon. The menu as you expect is burgers. They go into great detail on which cuts they use. Personally I find this of minimal interest from what I understand burgers tend to be a mix of all sorts and the often the fat content and seasoning are the key factors. I have little care as to it's parentage or provenance as long as it tastes good. This doesn't. It is bland and dry, even a squirt of French's fails to liven it up. The sides are similarly underwhelming, pale chips and good looking onion rings that taste bland. Service is fine and my beer is good but overall it falls at its first hurdle. This isn't the worst burger I've had, that was one from the Sports Cafe in Liverpool described as the Derby County of it's breed by our mate Tim after the aforementioned team had lost 6-0, but this is certainly showing the Leicester City form. It's not expensive but it's certainly not worth a return visit.