The Fable – 8th March 2017

Out for an impromptu lunch at a restaurant I’d never heard of, I was surprised to see onion rings on the menu of a relatively posh lunch place. I was intrigued. Surely they wouldn’t serve the Bog Standard Frozen here? 

THE STATS

Number of Rings: 8
Cost: £3.25
Cost per ring: 41p

I was right, these were fresh. I love it when you find a good class of onion ring unexpectedly. These were lovely, freshly-cooked onion rings and they hit the spot.

The texture of the batter was perfectly crispy and overall a great juiciness level was achieved. Just look at the photos to see how light the coating was, it worked very well in this case.

They were not at all stodgy and could only have been improved by adding a little more salt.

The restaurant was really nice and full of smart looking men and women having business meetings and lunch for special occasions. Special mention goes to this table here which I’m sure you’d have to book well in advance if you wanted to sit here.

Summary

Great, fresh onion rings. Would buy again.

Overall Rating: 8/10

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Vodka Revolution – 7th February 2017

Nothing says I’m a true friend like buying delicious snacks to share when you are out drinking with your mates but are Vodka Rev’s up to scratch?

THE STATS

Number of Rings: 7
Cost: £2.75
Cost per ring: 39p

Wow firstly these rings are so cheap, but you only get seven onion rings not the standard eight ring portion that I have come to expect plus one of them was on the small side so that was even more disappointing.

I think these rings are from frozen but they were well cooked and perhaps the premium end of the frozen ring scale. They didn’t taste very strong, the batter was plain and the onion also wasn’t very flavoursome.   You can see a huge gap between the onion and the batter.

I will say the texture of the batter was good though as despite its bland taste the onion was pretty juicy. The crispiness of the batter was fine, not amazing but fine.

I’d buy these again if I really wanted onion rings but they aren’t anything special.

Summary

These are perfectly mediocre. Good for a boozy snack.

Overall Rating: 5/10

The Lord Nelson Pub Southwark – 23rd November 2016

I visited this funky pub to meet my friend Ellie. Pub onion rings are always a risk, they could swing either way so wasn’t sure what to expect.

THE STATS

Number of Rings: 16
Cost: As part of meal + £1

This pub was really unusual with lots of eye catching decorations. A pretty cool place for a drink and I was hoping too a good spot for onion rings. Sadly I was disappointed.

The onion rings at the Lord Nelson were the bog standard frozen. As for how bog standard go I’ll say these were very dry on the outside (because they are baked from frozen) but perfect grease levels inside. A sadly familiar taste that is boring and not like the real ale. They look grim and beige.

Despite my onion ring disappointment the burger I had called the “Chicken Elvis” was awesome. It had chicken, peanut butter and bacon with lovely soft bread. Would recommend.

Summary

Bog standard frozen.

Overall Rating: 3/10

Byron – 4th November 2016

I appreciate a nice burger with my onion rings. Here’s what Byron had to offer…

THE STATS

Number of Rings: 7
Cost: £3.50
Cost per ring: 50p

My initial reaction is that these onion rings look frozen to me… but almost like the top end of frozen. Perhaps they are from frozen but they are fried rather than baked? This is something I’ve not really contemplated enough until right now… game changer.

The grease levels were mid to high but certainly not the most greasy I have encountered. However after an initial crunch which comes with a small injection of flavour, the zing quickly washes away with an excess of grease and the taste to match. Sadly the batter’s flavour is not intense enough to overcome it’s own grease. Despite the inclusion of black pepper, the batter becomes very plain.

The inner onion itself was also plain and again I think the flavour was lost to the grease. Nonetheless the onion was very juicy and had a satisfying bite. The quality of the onion affects the overall flavour heavily, in this case it makes a small effort to diminish the grease level.

Summary

I was not dissatisfied with these. Gourmet Frozen.

Overall Rating: 6/10

Meat Liquor – 15th October 2016

These are some pretty Instafamous onion rings so it was only right that I put them to the Onion Rings Rated test.

THE STATS

Number of Rings: 5 (large)
Cost: £3.50
Cost per ring: 70p

Firstly let’s talk about Meat Liquor itself. I had to queue for 20 minutes outside before we were even let into the restaurant and then we has a further 20 min wait in the bar area. This place serves fantastic dirty food and is a hot spot on a Saturday night so be prepared to queue. This restaurant is an experience let’s say. It’s very dark inside like a nightclub (check the photo below) and has loud music to match.

We each had a cocktail called “GAME OVER” which is so strong that it is limited to two per person! The cocktails are London prices, £10.50 seemed like a good deal for vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, pisang ambon and absinthe all in one hit!

Getting down to the oniony business now: The menu starts off with a bold claim in describing the rings as “Big and Fluffy”. I can officially confirm that these claims were not unfounded.

I was served with 5 almost comically large rings which were almost an inch thick/tall as well as having a large diameter. This made it possible to truly enjoy the perfectly cooked onion which lay within. It was just one thick ring inside and it was lovely. So juicy.I would describe as fluffy yes because they were certainly not crunchy. The texture was fantastic and also very flavoursome. Finally somewhere that doesn’t scrimp on salt! Scrumptious!

 

Summary

One of the greats.

Overall Rating: 10/10

Honest Burgers Brixton – 1st October 2016

My boyfriend and I were going to a housewarming in Brixton and I took him to Honest Burger so I could try these onion rings. I’d seen them on Instagram before so I knew they looked good.

 

THE STATS

Number of Rings: 5
Cost: Came as a side (Usually £3.50)

I was very happy when they offered to replace my fries with the onion rings at no extra cost and looking around the restaurant, lots of people were making the swap. Sadly I fear many regrets were had that evening.

Although they do look great and that’s because they were freshly cooked for sure… But sadly they were totally bland.

I couldn’t believe they’d left the kitchen tasting like they did. They were so plain they couldn’t have flavoured them at all. I’ll tell you what they tasted like, McDonalds chicken nugget batter. Grim but true.

Upset by these mediocre rings, and my lack of rosemary chips due to the swap, I tried to rescue my dinner by adding salt. Honest burger clearly think no added salt is necessary as I had to be asked for some to be brought to the table. They were right though, my efforts were futile.. salt didn’t help.

On the plus side I’d say the texture was spot on. They were wonderfully crunchy with perfect grease levels.

Summary

Very plain, freshly cooked & crispy onion rings that desperately need a sauce.

Overall Rating: 5/10

CAU Kingston – 9th September 2016

I was recommended this steakhouse on my Onion Rings Rated Instagram (which you can find here!)

Ben and I had a lovely meal here and he even described his meal as “the best steak of 2016 so far”.  Seriously bold claims.

THE STATS

Number of Rings: 6
Cost: £2.95
Cost per ring: 49p

Wow these are not your ordinary onion rings, they are strangely floppy but not even necessarily in a bad soggy way. They are so flexible. I would definitely describe these as gourmet, they for sure were made from scratch which is always a good sign.

The batter had red flecks in it which I’m pretty sure were chilli flakes – although don’t fear spice haters these were no where near the flame power even of Nando’s lemon and herb (you wusses). The chilli flakes are very subtle and make these rings particularly tasty and unique. I can’t quite put my finger on the flavour exactly but it’s somewhere in between sage and onion stuffing and a Chinese vegetable spring roll.

The onion itself was plain and not very sweet at all and I found that most of the flavour was coming from the batter.

Grease level approved: Not at all greasy but not at all dry.

Even Ben liked these onion rings and he is not what I would describe as an onion ring fan.

Summary

Very nice.  A great take on onion rings but they are not the classic. 

Overall Rating: 9/10