Having already decided to visit the London Fields Brewery for their open day, and have a meander around nearby Broadway Market, I was reminded by a twitter friend that Lucky Chip was right between the two.
Result! A perfect trio of food and drink experiences for our Saturday day trip.
Located in London Fields' Netil Market, Lucky Chip describes itself as an "American Night Lunch Wagon" and serves a short sweet range of burgers, hot dogs and hand-cut fries. That translates to an upmarket burger van, serving cooked-to-order food made with top quality ingredients, such as meat from The Ginger Pig.
We arrived shortly before they opened at 12.30 and joined near the front of a quick-growing queue, straining our necks to peer at the menu and watching the team get ready to open.
Before too long we placed our orders and were invited to take a seat at one of the outdoor tables; our burgers would take about 20 minutes (based on the number of orders ahead of us) and would be brought to us at our table. Great service for an outdoor burger van!
The market itself is small and at first, I dismissed the stalls without much attention. But a post-burger walk around revealed a small number of great stalls, particularly tempting for lovers of '60s and '70s retro crockery. I nearly walked away with a retro set of four egg cups but balked at the price. Maybe next time!
All three of us ordered burgers – a single with cheese (£6), an El Chappo (£7.5) and a Sheen (£7.5) . Also on the permanent burger menu are the Eastwood ((£6.5) and the Selleck (£8). This week's special is the Bill Murray Life Aquatic (£9). Picking up a theme?
Our burgers arrived well within 15 minutes of ordering and we quickly chowed down... OK, keeping it British, we quickly tucked in!
The burgers were fantastic! Moist beef, cooked medium as requested and so juicy, they dripped onto the plates, through our fingers and saturated the soft buns. Generous, sharp and salty melted cheddar cheese. Slippery onions. Tangy blue cheese. Thick, smoky, full-flavoured bacon. Roasted jalapenos. Pickled Gherkins. Garlic aioli. Every element was just right and contributed to each hugely satisfying mouthful.
They didn't last long but we all agreed, they were worth the journey, the cold wait and the money.
The boys washed down their burgers with some good coffee from a neighbouring stall. I had an excellent Indian chai from the City Curry stall, warming and perfectly spiced.
We resisted Lucky Chip's fries, available with cheese or jalapeno salsa and sour cream or wasabi mayo and ginger sweet chilli sauce or chilli cheese. Not to mention beetroot flavoured onion rings. How good do those sound?
Something to look forward to for our next visit!
Visiting Broadway Market makes me want to move house!
Oh, to have a wonderful place like this on my doorstep, full of a wide range of fabulous food and drink stalls, manned by eager and friendly people and lined on both sides with cafes, restaurants and more food mongers.
As well as the main market, we also meandered a bunch of extra stalls in the London Fields Primary School playground, just round the corner.
Next time I come, it'll be with a large shopping bag and a cool bag (and an empty stomach) so I can enjoy more of the delicious products on offer.
London Fields Brewery
Launched only a few months ago, London Fields Brewery is part of the explosion of exciting new craft breweries that have opened in London in the last couple of years.
Operating out of a small railway arch property close to the London Fields Rail Station, partners Jules Whiteway and Ian Burgess produce a range of traditional ales and lagers.
Every few weeks, they've been hosting Saturday open days; these are being held weekly throughout December.
Their car park is protected with marquee covers under which are tables and seating, along with heat lamps to ward off the winter chill. Visitors can buy and enjoy the brewery's beers on site. Relaxing with friends, there's a relaxed holiday vibe.
When we visited, mid-afternoon, there was also an Argentinian grill offering hot food for reasonable prices; and in the evenings, live entertainment from a variety of musicians.
Of course, they also sell beer to take away, either in their regular bottles or in cartons and flagons.
We happily whiled away an hour or two here before finally heading on home from our day in London Fields.
Gorgeous photos taken by my talented friend, Matt Gibson. Thanks, Matt!