Price: £4 with chips and drink £1 each
In-N-Out Animal and London Style
Location: Hendon, London
In-N-Out coming to London for 4hours, in Hendon? No chance.
I had seen various retweets of this advert which appeared in a local paper but anyone could have posted that.
11pm last night I decided to call In-N-Out's customer service number in the States...within 2 minutes it was confirmed, they would be in a small Italian cafe in Hendon from 11am tomorrow; unbelievable.
I actually woke in the night and had dreamt that I turned up and they had sold out and all I managed to get was their famous spread sauce, there was no way I could miss out on this.
In-N-Out famously have not branched further than the West coast of USA due to their commitment to delivering fresh food in a day they can guarantee quality, so how could they be sure to deliver in the UK?
I arrived around 10:45 and was about 7 people deep in the queue. Mega thanks to HamburgerMe for the updates on twitter.
Wristbands were given to people in the queue along with a keyring and sticker and when 11clock hit in we went.
The menu was up above the till. Animal is no secret here!
I took my seat as close to the kitchen as possible as the smell was so good. I was unable to see any cooking taking place but did manage to see their buns, which were Warburton's.
MEAT - The real test to see if the quality had transfered across the pond...Booya it had. It was as I remembered it State-side, incredibly flavoursome and juicy with the kick of mustard due to the animal style cooking.
BUN - Warburton's buns used, they were fresh and toasted to give a crispy bite. I love these buns since burgeranarchy.com introduced me to them on their blog. There was a heap of animal in this burger and the bun stood the test.
TOPPINGS - I forgot about the secret menu when I had my previous double double and the difference is mainly seen here with the topping; Pickle, spread, and grilled onions. Sweet Jesus they really do take the double double to another level and give the WOW factor.
SIDES – No chips but salt and vinegar crisps. I don't think I would have ordered them if I had known they were crisps but they did manage to scoop up any left overs from the greaseproof paper.
A burger that to me was faultless I am so glad I was fortunate enough to be able to taste this. Despite being on my own there was a great atmosphere here and judging by everyone taking a minute or so to take pictures before digging in a good few bloggers there also.
Great staff as well in-particularly Brian who seemed to be the man in charge spoke to a few of us about why they had come over and if they had any plans to open over here. Sadly no plans to, this was a market research venture to see how they are received.
Why Hendon? They want people to have to work a bit to get the burgers he said, not impossible to get to but when you think of the numbers and random passers by who would have queued I think they are doing the right thing.
So that's it folks, they are open till 3pm so get down there - it may be your only ever chance to taste In-N-Out in the UK.
Overall Rating 10/10