East London

Published on April 14th, 2015 | by Lumy George


Psychic Burger @ The Victoria, Dalston

East London has been and continues to be a hot bed of expression, creativity and in recent years, some of London’s most exciting new eateries. Those familiar with the area I’m sure will have heard of or come across the iconic public house The Victoria. Located on Queensbridge road, The Victoria’s reputation of great live music, coupled with a vibrant welcoming atmosphere has made it a regular hang out for some of east London’s finest. With all these great things going for it, I’m sure your wondering how such could be elevated. Enter the wacky yet wonderful world of ‘Psychic burger’ that has teamed up with ‘The Victoria’ to provide the perfect accompaniment to your glass of wine or pint.

Having previously held residence at Birthdays in Dalston, it seemed as though word had spread about this new location, with The Victoria alive with east London’s burger aficionados keen to get stuck into the delights on offer. As a proud member of the love-a-burger society, I waited with baited breath for the feast I had ordered…all naturally for the purpose of providing the most thorough insight for you.

The wait was soon over, as my burger and sides arrived. I had ordered the signature Psychic Burger with bacon (£9), baby crack ribs (£4.50), fries and coleslaw. Tucking into the burger, it dawned on me the possible origins behind the name ‘Psychic Burger’, someone somewhere clearly was a psychic to know exactly what I was looking for in a burger. Between a picture perfect brioche bun was a juicy, thick beef patty cooked delightfully to medium. This fell apart as one bit through, allowing the combination of creamy rich Monterey Jack cheese and ‘psychic sauce’.

When asking Danny before hand to explain the ‘psychic sauce’, he simply described it as a tastier version of the big mac sauce packing a fuller punch.  Underneath the sauce, cheese and patty lay a juicy slice of tomatoes and a piece of lettuce. The freshness from the tomatoes and crunch of the lettuce added a nice contrast to the rich notes of the rest of the burger.

Whilst not quite reaching the heights set by the burger, my side of baby back, sorry crack, ribs was wonderful. The thing I ask from any rib I believe is something with bags of flavour, soft falling off the bone meat covered in sticky finger licking sauce. All of the above I can report was ticked. Rich warm notes exploded across ones tastes buds intensifying with each bite.

Now my whole Psychic burger experience wasn’t purely a carnivore adventure, the slaw I had was a nice accompaniment to the main and side. Its crispy bite and contrasting textures seemed to refresh the pallet. Pieces of fresh mint had been worked through adding to the clean fresh taste in the mouth. After a few mouthfuls, I was suitably ready to continue with the burger.

Although leaving completing stuffed, I’m sure I wont be the last person to stumble out of the Victoria in such a state thanks to ‘Psychic Burger’. The partnership between these two great establishments is set to run all through the summer so be sure to drop in and check them out. I don’t claim to be psychic but I’m pretty sure you’ll love it.

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Psychic Burger @ The Victoria Pub, 451 Queensbridge Rd, E8 3AS

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