FRANCHISING | Staff Reporter, UK

The Black Hamburg to arrive in Finsbury Park

The new sandwich shop offers a simple menu of two hot sandwiches.

Founded by two chefs, Ian Macintosh and Michael Spurgeon who separately own a local restaurant and bar nearby, the idea behind this late-night pitstop was to create a food option for off-duty chefs, or anyone who wants to eat quality fast-food.

“Ask any chef and they will tell you; that no matter how high-end the cuisine you are cooking – we all love fast food,” said Macintosh.

The new eatery offers a simple menu of two hot sandwiches including their signature Smokey beef shin, house-made kimchi, fermented chilli and Ogleshield cheese (£6.50) alongside the vegetarian Double-grilled Ogleshield cheese, Keen’s cheddar, kimchi and hot sauce, fermented in-house (£6), with a rotating cast of specials, all starting at £5.

Firm believers in “using the right ingredients at the right time of year”, Ian and Michael will change the concise menu frequently, based entirely on which ingredients are in season. Their commitment to quality extends to the fillings which are made from scratch, including homemade relishes and fermented chilli sauces. Their hot sauce, for example, is a recipe of UK-grown red chilli and scotch bonnet with a 3-week fermentation period, while other sauces include a fermented green chilli chimichurri and a constant rotation of kimchi - with plans to sell the products very soon in-store and online.

Their meat is sustainably and locally sourced while the bread and buns come from Seven Seeded Bakery in Watford. The site itself is a cosy hole in the wall located on Stroud Green Road with 4 covers, painted black and stripped back interiors, reflecting the simple menu concept.

The Black Hamburg is open for dinner and takeaway from 4pm until midnight of Wednesday to Saturday, as well as Friday to Sunday lunches, and can be found on Deliveroo.

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