This jazzy east London hangout has been hyped-up quite a lot in recent years. Lucky Chip are residents at the Seabright Arms from 5, Monday – Saturday, and Sunday Morning; they pull quite a crowd, particularly at the weekend.
The pub also doubles as a gig venue, with a late license until 12, Thursday – Saturday, which makes for a busy and bustling atmosphere. This also makes finding a table difficult, so get there early to avoid the rush.
I sampled the El Chappo, an aged patty with smoked bacon, blue cheese and roasted Jalepenos. All-in-all a good burger, a juicy tasty patty with plenty of flavour. On the downside, I found the burger a little on the small side, and this poor fellow was devoured in seconds.
But all was not lost, to counteract the hunger I ordered some extra chilli-cheese fries and worked my way through these. Although the fries, chilli and cheese weren’t the best I’d had – the portion size more than made up for this.
Admirably although Lucky Chip have not expanded beyond the Seabright Arms and Netil market. Dispite its popularity it has not followed the path of other gourmet burger bars like Meat Liquor, gaining investment from large restaurant groups to expand into the mainstream.
Another charm of this lively venue is their ‘traffic light’ crowd control system. Where a green light indicates the kitchen is taking orders to manage the workload. A simple but effective of calming the hungry punters down.