During a recent stay in London, we sought out Ruby Blue for a delicious meal reduced in price via the use of TasteCard. Of course, you know I went straight for the veggie burger, and we were given fantastic service by a waiter who was only too eager to ensure that everything was to our liking. We only had a limited time before a trip to the theatre, but that was plenty to enjoy the burger plus a cocktail or two.
The burger I chose is listed in the menu as the falafel burger, at £9.00. It is described as “Falafel & spinach burger in a toasted brioche bun, with fries.” It certainly lives up to that somewhat vague description, although there was a lot more to it as well, as you will see both in these images and in my review.
The falafel was made up of chickpeas, spinach, yellow pepper, cumin, pine nuts, and maybe some beans, as far as I could tell. It was warming and hearty, just as you expect from a falafel, though the burger itself was rather thin. It was enough to fill me up, but perhaps smaller than expected. The brioche bun was pretty standard, and there was also a cucumber-based dressing (not my favourite of the recent burger trends). This was a fairly good burger, but perhaps not the best I’ve ever had – and at £9.00, it ranks up there in the more expensive options even for London, so it should maybe have been a little better.
There were really very few chips, and though it was all served in that American diner style, it belied the premise – in the US, anything served like this should be overflowing with chips and as oversized as possible. Another critical note is that I asked for “everything but jalapenos” and instead got, well, just jalapenos as my extras. I didn’t complain (as before, we were in a bit of a rush, and there was someone else at the table who didn’t mind eating them), but it’s a small matter of attention to detail in a restaurant that was neither busy nor noisy.
All in all, a fair burger which had the potential to be better.
ON THE VEGBURGE SCALE, I GIVE THIS…
Taste – 7/10
Price – 4/10
Rest of experience – 6/10