With experience working under Nuno Mendes and Gordon Ramsey, expectations were high for Rawson’s menu of bar classics. While eyes did flutter down to options like the black truffle mac ’N’ cheese or the roasted pineapple & HP gravy pork chop, they respectfully returned to the first option: The Burger. Having won London’s burger competition in 2015 and 2016, its reputation preceded it, a reputation that is entirely deserved. The highlight of the burger, past even the rare aged beef, was the truffle aioli which may have featured in subsequent dreams.
Along with the delightful burger, we tried an IPA Sour: Johnny Walker Black Label, IPA shrub, pink grapefruit & Hellfire bitters. Smooth and smokey with refreshing, lighter notes, this cocktail embodied the feeling of the bar.
Outside of the consumables, Double Standard’s interior is inspired by London’s famous – or infamous – transport system which is a long-standing bastion of iconic visual design. From snaking coat hangers that mimic the strands of London Underground’s map to modernist curtains reminiscent of seat cover designs that never existed, every aspect of this space has been chosen with an exacting eye for detail and a discerning eye for design.