Having lived just about across the road from one of their branches multiple times, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to eat at a Slug and Lettuce. All the same, I’ve finally managed to get around to it, and you know what I just had to eat… Here’s the menu description:
Veggie burger (v) 8.29: A vegetarian burger in a mixed-nut breadcrumb coating, made with sweet potato, mozzarella cheese and mixed peppers in garlic and coriander, served with skinny fries
Let’s start off by saying that it has thousand island dressing, which is my all time favourite! There was a brick of tomato which I judiciously removed, as well as a generous amount of fresh salad. There was a gherkin, but it was off to one side where it was much easier to ignore. Exactly where it should be, in my opinion.
Even after taking out the tomato brick the burger was very large, to the extent that I genuinely almost dislocated my jaw while trying to eat it. I’m about three burgers away from evolving a snake-like ability to unhinge it, but more on that later. The brioche bun was fairly standard, as you come to expect these days, nothing to mark it out particularly from any other given brioche burger bun.
The veggie burger itself contained large chunks of creamy sweet potato, as well as pieces of red pepper. It was crumbed with nacho crumbs and chopped nuts, making for a very tasty outer layer. It was very slightly spicy, though not so much that I imagine it would bother most people (it certainly didn’t bother me), and quite herby too. It had what I would describe as a buttery taste, very rich but not altogether creamy. It had an amazing texture, too: smooth, yet crunchy. Almost as if you made peanut butter out of potatoes. There was a little creaminess there but not so much as to be overwhelming, retaining that crunchy smoothness. Ahh. How does one even describe it? It’s so refreshing to find a burger which is different to all the others I’ve tried.
Taken out of the bun it tasted even better, which is perhaps more a criticism of the lazy brioche than anything else. It was very filling, not altogether surprising given the enormous size. I was a satisfied customer, and a pleasantly surprised one too (a status which was no doubt also helped by my hot chocolate, which contained triple sec. Not joking. They call it a Chocolate Orange. You’re missing out).