All around the world there seems to be two huge food trends happening. Healthy and ecologically sustainable, and indulgent over the top fast foods. The Beyond Meat vegan burger patties seem to hit both of these trends. I had been meaning to give them a try ever since they came out earlier this year. However I have to confess I forgot all about them until a fellow food blogger Gem Takes Food Pics reached out to me and invited me to go to Halo Burger with her. It was so nice being the guest of someone else, it meant I just got to just chill out and enjoy my meal, though I couldn’t resist doing a little review myself.
Halo Burger is located just down the street from my new digs in Camberwell, in Brixton. The restaurant is inside Brixton Pops which is a shipping container collective home to dozens of restaurants, bars, and stores. There is a large communal seating area and strings of fairy lights. It looks like a really cool spot to hang out.
The Halo Burger shop is styled to look exactly like InNOut. I expect these things to get ripped off in Korea, but surely not here in London, quite frankly I’m not sure how they have got away with it. Anyway apart from the lack of creativity for designing their own sign, the store is cute with a small amount of seating inside and out, plus the communal seating in the main part of the Pops. There are a few burgers on the menu but we both got the Smoky Carolina BBQ Summer Special £9.50. The 1/4LB Beyond Burger was topped with smoked Gouda style cheese, Brixton Ale battered onion strips, Carolina BBQ sauce and mayonnaise. I have to say it certainly looked like a legit burger, and after a first bite I was quite impressed. There was a smokiness and meaty flavour coming though and the texture was certainly reminiscent of a normal burger. Most of the taste came from the BBQ sauce and delicious battered onions which masked the lack of cheese. Overall I really quite enjoyed it.
We also got a portion of their Don’t Have A Cow Fries £4. The skinny vegan fries were topped melted faux cheese, signature sauce, and caramelised onions. These were yet another ripoff of the InNOut Animal Fries. Honestly these were rather disappointing. The fake vegan cheese sauce was worse than that regular fake cheese sauce, and the caramelised onions just seemed wrong for some reason, odd since onions are a very vegan ingredient. We didn’t even finish them which I think says everything. I’d get your fries from a different stall if I were you.
Overall I was impressed by the actual burger. As a meat-eater I wasn’t expecting much but it surpassed all my expectations, I think most burger lovers would enjoy it. Brixton Pops is also a very cool spot to hang out in with loads of choices for places to eat.
Halo Burger is located at 49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ. The nearest train station is Brixton. For more information you can check out their website. They are open everyday from 12pm-10pm.