Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday Tasties No.47 - Stax - A Review

I know, I know, Ad and I eat a lot of burgers, but when they're this good, it's understandable why we just can't get enough of them.

This week, we headed to Stax, which is situated in Kingley Court just off of the famous Carnaby Street. For those in the know, Stax is actually owned by Bea Vo and looks set to bring a delicious twist to London's burger scene. For the record, yup, that is the same Bea Vo behind the wonderful Bea's of Bloomsbury. 
As you'd expect, there's burgers a plenty, fried chicken and waffles, a Po' Boy and even a Duffin Sundae. The decor has a retro twist with metal stools, solid tables, drinks arriving in jam jars and the food arriving in little baskets.
Oh, and of course there's a well stocked bar, the perfect compliment for a hard milkshake or even a cocktail or two!
Right, onto the food. Let's be honest, that's what we're all here for.
Obviously a good burger needs a couple of sides, Ad and I went for the Cajun Popcorn Shrimp Bucket and a portion of Boardwalk Fries. Oh my lordy those fries were awesome. In a market where everyone seems to have their own version of rosemary fries, these were actually a welcome change. Taste wise, I could detect a hint of rosemary, but also Cajun spices and potentially thyme but it's hard to put my finger on what was actually used here. Either way, they were frikken delicious! The shrimp was light, juicy and just, well, just plain yummy, there's no other way to put it.
This time round I didn't fancy a beef burger so I opted for the Chickadee. Buttermilk marinated chicken which is fried to perfection and served in a brioche bun with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Whilst not particularly lady like to eat, the chicken was juicy and flaky and really hit the spot.
Ad took one for the team and had the Bring Home the Bacon Burger cooked as rare as they could make it. This bad boy was only a single stack (you can double up if you like) and came with cheese and maple glazed bacon. The burger itself in Ad's words "felt like a pure bred home-made burger, in that the meat wasn't compacted and melted in the mouth." It could have done with a tiny bit more seasoning but it turned a traditional burger on it's head in that instead of relish, you had the sweetness of the maple cutting through the saltiness of the bacon.

All in all Stax was great, the food was delicious, cooked to perfection and incredibly juicy. This place isn't first date friendly if your date doesn't appreciate getting a wee bit messy. Next time I come back, I reckon the fried chicken and waffles will be where I head.

Have you tried Stax yet? Do you think I enjoy one too many burgers (actually, don't answer that bit).


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