Dirty Burger: The Best Van Food You'll Ever Eat

You can stick your £15 burger with rare yak milk cheese up your harris, Dirty Burger, from the folks that bought you Soho House, is exactly what you need after a night on the tiles and won't break your wallet...
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You can stick your £15 burger with rare yak milk cheese up your harris, Dirty Burger, from the folks that bought you Soho House, is exactly what you need after a night on the tiles and won't break your wallet...

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If, like me, you’ve moved to the city for a good job and love the luxuries London has to offer but sometimes miss the grubby quirks of a night out in your home town, Soho House has read your mind.

Dirty Burger is the new venture from the group, taking what they know of fine dining and comfort and stripping back the elements of elite and exclusivity.

It’s the stuff dreams are made of: beautiful takes on common food served by down-to-earth friendly chefs from a corrugated-steel shack. You know what I’m talking about: just like those filthy burger vans you see at car boot sales, at festivals and crave stumbling home after a drunken night out – it’s affordable food for the everyman gone gourmet. And you don’t even need to be a member to get in.

It’s the stuff dreams are made of: beautiful takes on common food served by down-to-earth friendly chefs from a corrugated-steel shack

They serve simple but high-quality specimens including triple cooked crinkle-fries and cider tempura battered red onion chips, which look a bit like Twiglets, breakfast buns made with egg and double-cured bacon or haggis sausage, and Dirty Burgers.  Their original and only burger, the Dirty Burger, is made with a thick, lean beef patty made using several cuts including rib eye and bavette, pickles, tomato, lettuce, melted cheese and French and American mustards and mayonnaise – all sandwiched between a deliciously sweet glazed bun. I recommend it washed down with a fine local Camden Pale ale. As mouth-watering as that sounds, the sides are just as good, if not better. The food is all homemade, the ingredients are top notch and I kid you not, it’s the best burger van food I’ve ever tasted. And I’ve done the leg work.

A rumour circulating the web claims that Dirty Burger is pop-up – it’s not. They launched secretly for press in Soho for a one-off introductory evening a couple of weeks ago and opened to the public yesterday in Kentish Town. Their permanent residence is round the back of Soho House’s restaurants Pizza East and Chicken Shop.

Following the explosion of gushing praise for @dirtyburger on Twitter, it seems owner Nick Jones’ hip brainchild is a huge commercial hit, and the food’s not bad either.

Food prices from £2.50 - £5.50

Open seven days a week from 7am- midnight and 1am at weekends

Dirty Burger is based at Highgate Studios, Kentish Town, NW5 1PB

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