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London hipster district gets capital's first fine-wine burger restaurant

Published:  06 January, 2016

London's fashionable Dalston district is about to get the capital's first burger and fine-wine restaurant.

Lucky Chip Burgers & Wine will open on Ridley Road next week offering a 120-strong wine list with a bias towards the New World.

Most wines will be priced between £20 and £50 per bottle, and there will also be a good selection of wines by the glass.

However, there will also be a range of more premium wines on offer for £100 or more.

The restaurant is promising to keep its mark-up at the top end of the list to a minimum. "There will be some real bargains to be had," owner Ben Denner told London's Evening Standard.

The venture will be the first permanent home for Lucky Chip, which began as a burger stall in Hackney's Netil market in 2011 and currently has two pop-up operations in Dalston and Islington.

The menu will avoid heavy spices that might detract from the wine-drinking experience.

However, burgers will also be available with the option of 50-day dry-aged Galician beef, while starters will include a range of tartares.

Grilled fish, seafood and vegetarian options will also be available.

Limited food-and-wine pairing is promised, with ten diners being able to sit at the kitchen counter on Fridays for a tasting menu with wine matches.

"It's partly me being selfish," Denner said. "I just love wine. But also I think it's quite a different idea.

"Nowhere else is doing really good burgers with really good wine at the moment."

If the Dalston restaurant proves a success, Denner is planning to open in at least three other locations.