I am in London for a couple couple of weeks for my brothers birthday. I thought while I was down there, I’d do a challenge or two. I’d have thought that there would be plenty of places down there that would do some type of eating challenge. Unfortunately not.
I found a list of UK eating challenges and whittled them down to 5 in central London. I’ll be catching the tube around and don’t want to be travelling too far out to tackle a challenge.
The obvious one is the devastator burger at the Red Dog Saloon. I’ve done that before though so not much point. I think if I went there again, I’d just take my time and enjoy the burger.
They do another challenge which is the spicy hot wings. It is apparently 1.3 million on the Scoville scale. Thats really hot. I am not that interested in spicy food challenges though. I’d rather enjoy my food.
Red Dog Saloon, 37 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NN. Nearest Tube is Old Street.
There is a 1kg steak challenge at Gillray’s Steakhouse. That’s about 35 ounces so not that big. Its £55 though so pretty steep and you don’t actually get anything apart from bragging rights if you do it. There’s a review of the place here.
Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar London Marriott Hotel, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London, Greater London SE1 7PB. Nearest Tube is Waterloo or Westminster.
The Pride of Paddington has a couple of challenges. They have the Terry Tucker Burger, £20, triple beef, triple bacon, triple chips and onion rings. Eat alone in 20 minutes and its free. Also, they do a 40oz Terry Tucker steak which is £40 but free if you can finish it in 40 minutes. They don’t actually sound that bad and there’s an extra incentive of getting the meal free if you finish it in the allotted time.
The Pride of Paddington, 1-3 Craven Rd, Paddington, London W2 3BP. Nearest Tube, Paddington.
There’s a big challenge called Goldiehops & the 3 Grizzly Bears Challenge. A Grizzly Bear Burger is, 1 and a half pounds of prime sirloin and fillet with slow cooked BBQ pulled pork, mozzarella, mixed leaves, tomato and red onion in our bespoke bun with homemade hand cut rustic chips. The challenge is to eat 3 of those. Do it alone and get it free, else its £60. Looks pretty much impossible to me but Randy Sentel managed it.
The Thirsty Bear, 62 Stamford Street, Blackfriars, London SE1 9LX. Nearest Tube, Waterloo or Blackfriars.
Finally, there is a chain called Tinseltown which has a couple of challenge burgers.
Homemade NY style 5oz 100% beef char grilled and served in a toasted sesame bun with crispy lettuce, sliced tomato, chopped onion and Tinseltown sauce.
Served with 2 regular sides and a free dip.
The Empire State Challenge Burger
20oz (4xburgers) of homemade 100% beef stacked with 3 slices of Swiss Cheese, gherkins and Smokey BBQ Sauce. £12.99
The Towering Inferno Challenge Burger
20oz (4xburgers) of homemade 100% beef stacked with 2 slices of Swiss Cheese, double Jalapeno Peppers and Fiery Piri Piri Sauce. £12.99
They actually sound pretty straight forward. You don’t get anything if you complete the challenge burgers. The most central one is at Farringdon, I think.
Tinseltown Farringdon 44-46 St John St, London EC1M 4DF, nearest Tube Farringdon.
I am still undecided on which one(s) to do but I’ll be sure to do a write up when I do.
If you are in London and like Man vs Food, I found a cool site where you can meet up with other fans. Its called Table Crowd. At the moment, the challenges are limited but they are planning on expanding it.