The rather aptly named BOOM burger provides you with soul food, that real sunshine kinda food.
It’s been seriously difficult trying to find the words to describe my experience at BOOM as I didn’t want this review to sound like we’d bribed into writing nothing but good things about them. It’s also been made harder by the fact that it’s the first time, in a long time, where words and pictures aren’t able to express just how enjoyable the food is.
BOOM Burger is small, vibrant Jamaican burger joint in the heart of Portobello Road, Easy to get to and very difficult to miss. I’ll be honest and admit that I turned up a little hesitant and unsure as what to expect as Caribbean food has never really warmed my cockles, missing the mark more often that hitting it. Hell… I’m not even sure if it’s ever hit the mark.
So how did BOOM Burger Fare? On arrival, the sound, the smells and the vibrancy of the place, just smacked you in the face and raised a genuine smile. Ayo our host for the evening was absolutely brilliant. Incredibly enthusiastic about the food and really made an effort to ask what it is we liked before making recommendations to suit our palates.
The menu is simple and straight forward, with options for everyone. And in the overall context of things, reasonably priced too. With nothing being more than £9 on the menu. Rather than making our own choice, we tasked Ayo with choosing one for us that would really give us a real idea of what BOOM is all about. We ended up with a real medley of dishes. The Signature BOOM Burger, The Jerk Chicken BOOM, French Fries, Plantain Fries, Both types of Boom Wings and the Stamp and Jo…
And boy was it good. Like I said at right at the beginning, this is sunshine food, the flavours, the textures, the ingredients do really feed the soul. The Signature BOOM burger was perfectly cooked and the bacon jam was a really nice touch. Shit.. I’d even say it gives Honest Burger a run for it’s money and I love Honest Burger. The Jerk BOOM had succulent chicken, spiced perfectly, Tender to eat and incredibly moreish.
It was nice to see the guys in the kitchen having an incredible amount of enthusiasm and pride in the food they put out. The guacamole that came with the Stamp & Go Saltfish Chilli and herb fritters was pretty epic. The plantain chips fries were filled with flavour, whilst being really filling and the Sticky Jerk Wings were brilliant. The meat just fell off the bone.
The only thing that did feel a bit lacking were the BOOM wings, but then that’s not saying much either because in the context of things they were great, but really overshadowed by the rest of the food we had.
Caribbean food is making some real headway these days in terms of exposure, with the likes of Dub Jam and Turtle Bay popping up all over and It’d be a shame to lumber BOOM in within such a niche group as it really shines and stands on it’s own two feet.
BOOM is a great place to eat with family and friends and with these dark winter days ahead of us, it’s the perfect place to find that sunshine for the soul.
272 Portobello Rd, London W10 5TZ