Bleecker Street Burger

Head to Bleecker Street for one of the best burgers in town.

Located in Spitalfields Market, Bleecker Street couldn’t have picked a finer spot for their first permanent premises. This is a great area to head to for lunch, with a mix of people milling about on the hunt for food and lots of other stalls and stands to browse.

Bleecker Street Burger are all about the beef. Using rare-breed, pasture fed beef, they season their meat beautifully and serve all burgers medium rare. Keeping things simple, Bleecker Street serve their patties in a sesame seeded bun with onions, cheese and their burger sauce.  

A double cheeseburger clocks in at £9 and definitely makes for a filling lunch option. If you’re super hungry try the Double offer which comes with a side of fries too. Grab yourself a handful of napkins and take on a BS burger. Juicy, pink and surprisingly light you’ll feel like lunch is over too soon.

Get yourself down to Spitalfields and enjoy the bustle of the market with a Bleecker Street Burger in hand.

www.bleeckerburger.co.uk

Old Spitalfields Market, Unit B SP4 London E1 6EA
 

 

Granger & Co.

Head to Granger & Co. for a delicious, Aussie style brunch

Relaxed, unfussy and effortlessly cool - It all makes sense when you find out Granger & Co is the brainchild of Aussie Bill Granger. With great atmosphere and service, it's easy to while away a couple of hours here and kick back for a morning with a leisurely brunch.

The coffee here is great, but more importantly, start your day with a decent Bloody Mary. Opt for either the classic or the 'Clamato' juice version - clam and tomato juice - for subtle spice and depth of flavour.

If sweet things are your style, the ricotta hotcakes are a tempting stack; doughy, comforting and drizzled with honeycomb butter. Utterly delicious. If you fancy something savoury, the classic breakfasts are big platefuls here, with runny poached eggs, just ripe avocado and verdant piles of kale. True to Aussie style, there are also plenty of healthy options too, including smoothies, chia porridge and courgette fritters. The buckwheat bowl is a big bowl of bright greens, with rose harissa, goat's yoghurt, poached egg, avocado and sunflower sprouts. There are some interesting ingredients there, but it all comes together as a tasty and slightly more virtuous option.

Craving something sweet? Go for the pumpkin spiced brownie. Marbled with subtly spiced pumpkin and rich, rich chocolate, these are utterly divine. Best offset by a coffee, this is the perfect way to round off a brunch.

www.grangerandco.com

50 Sekforde St, London EC1R 0HA

 

Euston Tap

Enjoy a big selection of beers in one of London's smallest pubs.

The Euston tap may be small, but their selection of beers is mighty. With two huge fridges either side of the bar and just shy of thirty taps, you're spoilt for choice at this teeny tiny pub.

Originally one of the four pillars supporting the Euston Arch, this Victorian lodge house seems a little out of place on Euston Road, but if your train is running late or you find yourself in the area, it's a great place to enjoy a few beers.

Throughout the summer the modest pub garden is teeming with punters and come winter you'll find them crowded around the horseshoe bar or in the upstairs area.

If you're into your craft beers you can't do much better than the Euston Tap. Their selection and staff make this a popular destination and one we would recommend any day of the week.

www.eustontap.com

190 Euston Road, Kings Cross, London, NW1 2EF

 

Section 8

Melbourne's most quintessential laneway bar.

What was meant to be a temporary container unit bar in an empty car park has stayed put and is possibly the best thing to have ever happened to Melbourne. In the heart of the CBD, on the outskirts of Melbourne's Chinatown, down an alleyway lies Section 8. 

Section 8 is as industrial as it gets. The open-air space is surrounded by a chain link fence and graffiti every which way you look. Inside, there are barrels to perch your beer on, wooden crates to sit on and pallet furniture galore. This place is proof that you don't need to spend a ton of money to create a great bar. DJs are regularly spinning the decks meaning there is basically always a laneway party going on at Section 8.

The drink selection is pretty vast for such a small place. Grab something exotic from their imported beer selection like a Royal Jamaican Ginger Beer - a delightfully refreshing beer with a lingering spicy kick. Sink an Australian classic in the form of Coopers Pale Ale, Melbourne Bitter or good ol' Stone & Wood Pacific Ale. Or check out what beer specials they're stocking for the week. Cocktails are aplenty too - choose from the classics or try a herbaceous Chartreuse Swizzle combining Green Chartreuse, pineapple juice, lime and velvet falernum or a Mediterranean Azedar with gin, fino sherry and elderflower with apple, lemon juice and egg white.

Need food to soak up some of that alcohol? Section 8 also serves a selection of burgers, hot dogs, fries, and melted cheesy open-face sandwich goodness aka zapiekanki (which is basically a polish pizza).

This is a Melbourne beer garden like no other.

www.section8.com.au

27-29 Tattersalls Lane, CBD, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Section 8 Melbourne CBD Voyage Collective Billie Norman
 

8bit.

Fast food at its best in Melbourne's CBD.

Remember when you used to play video games in 8bit? Well now you can eat delicious fast food and pretend you're in one. In the heart of Melbourne's CBD lies 8bit - a fast food joint whose quality puts it above the rest. 8bit is a reminiscence to video games of days gone by. The interior is fun and playful with a bold blue and yellow colour scheme. On the walls you'll see 8bit artwork of your favourite Nintendo games. Even the tiles are pixelated. At the front of the store, you can get your 8bit fix while you wait with the old school Arcade Classics game machine.

The menu has all of the varieties of burgers and hot dogs you could ever want (and they are all named after old school video games, of course). Grab the 'Double Dragon' for double everything, the '1 Up Mushroom' for all of your veggie needs, or the 'After Burner' if you think chilli sauce and jalapeños should coexist. But sometimes you've just got to go for the classics. The '8bit with Cheese' comprises of a juicy beef patty with tomato, lettuce, onion, pickles, mustard, cheese, ketchup and 8bit sauce all squeezed into a soft sesame seed bun. While the '8bit Dog' consists of a huge smoked frankfurter topped with grilled onions, pickle, relish, ketchup, mustard and spring onions. 

For those who say it isn't over until they've had dessert, don't you worry, salted caramel, peanut butter, and strawberry cheesecake milkshakes are available. And there's even a changing weekly chocolate bar milkshake.

Classic 8bit, classic food.

www.eat8bit.com.au

231 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000