F!LTH at Dirty Burger

Gizzi Erskine’s pop-up makes vegan food dirty and sexy.

WHERE: F!ilth, 13 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA, London.

TUBE: Shoreditch High Street / Liverpool Street.

THE DEAL: Gizzie Erskine (chef and award-winning food writer) and Rose Ferguson (model turned nutritionist) have got together again for a second installment of their plant-based pop-ups. F!lth is a fresh of fresh air and b.s.-free zone, serving up fast food - without the junk! F!LTH offers fast-food, with service being quick and easy by friendly, smiling staff.

THE FOOD: Fittingly located within the Tea Building’s Dirty Burger F!LTH breathes new vegan life into the overdone burger and fast-food concept. The food feels right at home in its no-frills industrial-urban setting, splashed with yellow-painted brick walls and red steel chairs. It may be far from gourmet, but da-yam do they serve good burgers! Each one on the menu has been designed scientifically to taste deliciously filthy and exactly like a regular fast-food meaty burger, whilst simultaneously adding bonus nutrients to your diet. The signature “F!LTH burger” is rammed with goodness and fibre, packed with protein and effortlessly adds up to 3 of your 10 a day . The patty combines black beans, black quinoa, non-GMO soy mince and a special blend of umami paste, sandwiched in between a beetroot and sesame bun and all served with crispy onions, beetroot ketchup, garlic aioli, lettuce and cucumber pickles. Cooked to herby perfection, the patty is remarkably juicy, the bun squishy and soft, and the most surprisingly delicious addition – the beetroot ketchup – which tastes just as good, if not better, than good old Heinz! Another firm favourite is the “Seoul Burger”, which sees the patty served in between a carrot and turmeric bun, with kimchi, pear bulgogi sauce, gochujang aioli, lettuce, pickles and fried onions. When it comes to a sides, quite frankly it would be run not to. Options run from sweet potato fries served with seaweed miso dust (so addictive - like a form of vegan crack), through to salads, like kale, broccoli, lemon, almond and cashew umami. The plant-based philosophy extends to their drinks selection, which includes thick shakes made with Booja Booja ice cream, featuring the likes of a Salted Chocolate Cacao Nib Thick Shake; as well as a creamy Strawberry Thick Shake. For those wanting more of a refreshing thirst-quencher, various flavours of UGLY drinks (zero sugar, zero sweetener, zero calories and nothing artificial included) are on offer. Everything you eat and drink here is sustainably sourced, so you can feel unashamedly virtuous over a F!LTH burger binge. Fast and friendly service, matched with really tasty food makes this place a legit contender with fast food favourites like Five Guys. Walk your meal off across the road at Boxpark (packed with shops that are worth a browse - and even more food if you can handle it).

FYI: If you like the sound of F!LTH then head there quick! The pop-up ends on the 4th March.

THE PRICE: Signature F!LTH Burger £7.50, Seoul Burger £8, Sweet Potato Fries served with Seaweed Miso Dust £4, Salads £4, Milkshakes £5.50, UGLY Drinks £2.50. Food is served from 12pm–11pm Mon to Thurs, 12pm–1am Fri to Sat, and 12pm–10pm on Sundays.

PAY BY: €ash and card.

BEST FOR: Settling a hangover. It’s also the perfect options for any veggies and vegans looking for a tasty alternative to the standard halloumi burger.


Written by Georgie Clarke our residential London foodie @georgieclarke10