Tommi’s Burger Joint, which launched last year in Marylebone as a pop-up has just re-opened in a brand new permanent venue on Thayer Street. The intimate American-style diner from Iceland, is the creation of Icelandic entrepreneur Tomas Tómasson, who has launched nearly 20 restaurants and hotels in his native Iceland.
Here in London, head chef is Siggi Gunnlaugsson who relocated to the UK to launch the first site last year. The menu is simple – just a selection of burgers, and a vegetarian option. Produce will be carefully sourced from within the UK, with meat from HG Walter butchers in Barons Court, and bread from Millers Bakery.
The burgers will be cooked on an American gas grill to enhance the charcoal flavour, and garnished in the classic diner style with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, chopped onion and Ketchup. Fries, homemade Béarnaise and cocktail sauces are served on the side and milkshakes mark a new addition to the menu.
The 30-cover venue has an informal, vintage feel with burgers made to a recipe that Tómasson has perfected over three decades. He launched his first burger restaurant, Tommi’s Hamburgers, in 1981, opened five more in the next three years, before selling his interest to work on projects including launching Iceland’s first Hard Rock Cafe in Reykjavik and buying and renovating the Hótel Borg. Tommi’s Burger Joint is his second chain.