Double Candy Bacon & Chilli Burgers at Mother Flipper, Brockley

31 Jan

Let’s start with the Double Candy Bacon Flipper:

LOCATION: Brockley Market, Lewisham College Car Park, Lewisham Way, SE4 1UT [map]

PRICE: £6

BREAD: Glazed, slightly sweet, un-seeded.

FILLING: Double beef patty (from Marsh Produce); slappy cheese; lettuce; onion; ketchup; mustard; CANDIED BACON.

PROS: This is exactly the style of burger that floats my boat. Double patty and gooey American-style ‘cheese’ that stays melty right until the end of the burger. American mustard, ketchup, a sprinkle of iceberg for texture (no other lettuce in my burger, thanks), then that all important candied bacon. Did I mention I like candied bacon? It worked really well as a topping, the salty/sweet flavour serving to intensify the dirtiness of the burger experience. A dirty burger experience is a good burger experience, by the way. There was no weird chutney or silly ‘proper’ cheese or other nonsense. They also use the cloche method (briefly covering the finished burger and top part of the bun with a cloche) to get a nice juicy result.

CONS: The patties were over-cooked, well beyond the advertised medium rare (pic here) but then it’s obvious that these guys have yet to find their stride and I’m sure they’ll get up to speed over the next few weeks. I’m not entirely sold on the beef either; it did have fairly good flavour but was by no means the best I’ve tried. I bought some bacon from the same producer and it let out a huge amount of water when cooked, which makes me doubt their quality somewhat. The beef is the most important ingredient! Still, a fine burger experience and, CANDIED BACON!

SCORE: 8/10

And the Chilli Flipper:

LOCATION: Brockley Market, Lewisham College Car Park, Lewisham Way, SE4 1UT [map]

PRICE: £5.50

BREAD: Glazed, slightly sweet, un-seeded.

FILLING: Single beef patty; Swiss (?) cheese; salad leaves; chilli shreds; chilli chutney; micro shoots; mustard; ketchup.

PROS: This burger just wasn’t for me. The bun was nice though and held up well right until the final bite.

CONS: Having eaten the candied bacon burger, I just can’t understand their change of approach here. The chutney doesn’t work because it tastes overwhelmingly of star anise, which has no place – ever – in a burger. In fact, I really wish people would just calm down and step away from the star anise in general. The cheese melted well to begin with but solidified and became unpleasant after a couple of bites. We’ve been through this before. The leaves were all fancy and therefore pointless because they can’t be tasted in a burger and if they could, they wouldn’t work because their bitterness would be unpleasant. Also, MICRO-SHOOTS? I’m not even going there. There was no real discernable chilli heat. My boyfriend and I had planned to swap halfway through but I took one bite and asked him to gimme back my candied bacon double.

SCORE: 4/10

I feel bad for hating the chilli burger because these guys seemed lovely and can genuinely make a great burger. It’s called the Double Candy Bacon Flipper.

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7 Responses to “Double Candy Bacon & Chilli Burgers at Mother Flipper, Brockley”

  1. Chris January 31, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    What on earth is going on here? How can the same guys produce one decent, normal burger using proper slappy cheese and iceburg lettuce and one utter abomination with rocket and chutney? Does not compute. It’s like that episode of Red Dwarf where the ship splits into two, one containing everything good and one containing everything evil.

    • londonreviewofsandwiches January 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

      Ha ha! I really don’t know. Perhaps catering for different tastes? The chilli burger definitely isn’t to mine…

  2. John February 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    I will make a trip down to the market this week. Is it open every day?

  3. hollowlegs February 2, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    That chilli burger does not look good.

    The candied bacon double looks awesome but overcooking is a mega con for me. I had a Kimchi Cult burger recently that was practically grey in the middle and it was actively sad-making.

    • londonreviewofsandwiches February 3, 2012 at 8:42 am #

      It is a sad-making mega-con fo’ sure. They seemed a bit nervy though so hopefully things will pick up in the next couple of weeks.

  4. Green Smoke E Cig April 18, 2013 at 2:27 am #

    I didn’t try Eco-friendly Smoke as a result of price. I can not afford this.

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