Lucky Chip have recently taken residence at the dimly lit Player bar in Soho, where the two teams (bar and burger) collaborate to sell slider burgers and GIANT cocktails. The basement bar lit with flashes of neon is home to a huge stuffed moose head, faux leather sofas and tiny tv’s from the 80’s playing black & white movies. It’s cool in a trashy kind of way and perfect for a group of mates if you can be prepared to wait for tables- it’s first come first serve. The cocktail menu provided by the bar and therefore in an entirely different font and style to the Lucky Chip menu, is vast and fun with the ‘Teamwork’ or sharer section being particularly popular with diners. We had a ‘Fabulous Gay Wedding’ (£16) which combined gin, pink champagne, cucumber and A LOT of ice! Really tasty but not half as generous as it looks. The Chicken Bucket (£10) appetiser was a clever take on popcorn chicken made with a crispy coating of real popcorn and cornflakes. It was super tasty especially when coated in the accompanying chicken gravy and paired with creamy crunchy coleslaw. Mac ‘n’ cheese (£6.5) was delicious, indulgently cheesy and toughened up with just a hint of truffle. For mains, you can chose two sliders with chips for £10- I went for one with pulled pork and the other a double cheeseburger. The double cheeseburger was definitely the better of the two with two generous patties, both pink in the middle, oozing with meaty juice. My bun didn’t quite hold together though and half way through (which is actually only about two bites in!) I found myself needing to put the whole thing in my mouth to stop it from sloppily falling apart. The pulled pork was actually a bit dissapointing- it came out cold, yet the bun was kind of luke warm which made me think it had been put under heat lamps whilst the double cheeseburger was made. The flavours were there, nice and sweet and bbq-y, but the temperature let it down. We also had a bit of a service issue- we were moved twice by a slightly surly member of staff as each table we were seated at had been booked in an hour and 10 minutes time, not quite enough flexibility for cocktails, burgers and pud. We reached safe ground in a corner table not booked for another 2 hours yet whilst perusing the sundae menu after our mains we were given the bill and told the group who had booked the table had arrived early so we had to leave. Cheek!
It is definately the kind of food that I’ll tipsily end up craving after a couple of beers and really like that it has an atmosphere that could keep a buzzy night going but if I’m simply in need of a good burger, there will be other destinations higher up on my list.