Review – Half Man! Half Burger
Gather round Ladies and Gents. With the burger craze showing no signs of slowing down, we have a hot new competitor for the best in town. Welcome, Half Man! Half Burger!
Born out of a passion for perfection, patties and plentiful plates, Rory Myers and Matt Woodhouse bring you what they believe to be the recipe for burger heaven. Inspired by Rory’s many trips across the pond to New York City, the Half Man! Half Burger! team want to indulge you with simple, yet hugely effective combinations.
Trading at the Marlborough pub on Princes Street, only moments from the North Laine, Half Man! Half Burger! offer a selection of six burgers to choose from as well as rosemary salted fries and pots of Whiskey laced BBQ sauce or chipolte mayo. Prices start at a very reasonable £6 for a burger and £2 for fries.
So what makes the newest burger boys on the block worth a visit? Firstly, the attention to detail they bring to their venture is a huge part of the appeal. The duo clearly share an exceptional creative vision and utilise Jon Hardy to produce simple yet effective graphics. Expect clean and clear branding that explains the concept without being at all gimmicky. This coupled with the all- inclusive and welcoming atmosphere of the Marlborough makes for a truly great combination.
Secondly, the burgers. I opted for The Gonzo – monterey jack cheese, maple bacon strips, shredded iceberg and Memphis Screamin’ Whiskey BBQ sauce plus a side of the aforementioned fries. Presented on a clean white and blue dish was a highly stacked burger that screamed scrumptious and was surrounded by rosemary salted fries, the smell of which was enough to make me salivate.
The patties worked triumphantly being divided into two and allowed for a chargrilled flavour whilst being able to retain a softer texture. Griddled in butter and superbly cooked, the patties were a real showcase of HM!HB!’s talent and desire to produce excellent food.
Coupled with a well balanced quantity of fillings, of which the Whiskey BBQ sauce stood out as being sweet and smokey without overpowering the burger. Encased in a large, soft and glazed bun that could withhold the collection of fillings without falling apart.
Thirdly? The fries. Easily the best I’ve had in Brighton by a long shot. Served piping hot, these fried thins of potato were golden, crunchy and sprinkled in a magical rosemary and salt pairing, making incredibly more-ish. I dream of fries like that and am beyond thankful that a burger joint has paid this much attention to the all important accompaniments.
Could this really be the best new burger in town? I certainly think so. The duo are humble, knowledgeable and immediately likeable and seem to have found the quintessential Brighton boozer to trade from. Rory, Matt and The Marlborough Pub welcome you to experience HM!HB! every Saturday between 1-9pm. If you do one thing this weekend, make sure this is it.
Originally printed in the Brighton and Hove Independent Newspaper 24/01/14
Words + images by Claire Beveridge