Not another Burger… No! it’s a Posh Burger

Over the weekend I had  the good fortune to eat in three of  Richard Caring’s restaurants, which is actually not very hard to do, if you live in the London Area. Richard Who? And restaurants? I hear many of you cry. Well, for the uninitiated, Richard Caring is the owner of amongst other things Wentworth Golf Club, but he also owns or has serious interests in many restaurants, amongst them The Ivy, Le Caprice, J. Sheekey, Daphne’s, Scotts, George, Soho House, Annabel’s, Bam Bou, Carluccio’s, Belgo and Cote.

Cote is a French style Brasserie, think of Cafe Rouge, think of Chez Gerard, and then think better. There are 26 branches of Cote in the capital and another 18 or so in the home counties. They are very reliable, housed in attractive buildings with smart waiters, good service and on the whole good food. They always have a lunch special, 2 courses for  about £10 and likewise an early dinner option. Otherwise the a la carte menu has starters from £4.50 and mains from £10. Wine prices are also not unreasonable. They are open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
So on Friday after a round of golf we ate at the Richmond branch. It’s not, in my opinion, the best building for a branch of Cote. It is on Hill Street, so right in the heart of the town, but it is rather cramped and on two levels. We were seated upstairs, where I could see the dumb waiter and the dirty dishes and a stack of high chairs by the emergency exit. Now those who know me know that I am really fussy about where I am sat, so Himself changed places with me so the detritus was out of sight.

So what did we eat? Well to start with I had the crab mayonnaise with avocado, cucumber, capers and tarragon with toasted sourdough bread.  I have had this before and it is very good. This was followed by Himself and I sharing a Cote de Boeuf, which was a special of the day and was excellent. Our friends had  the Rib Eye steak and the Skate. This is a really meaty white fish not often found on menus and she said it was very good.

On Saturday I took myself off to my local Cote for a light breakfast, where I had the yoghurt with fruit compote and granola. It is served in a very pretty large glass dish and is good. On Sunday I returned with Himself and # 2 daughter, again for breakfast. It is usually pretty reliable, though on this occasion the crepe complet was disappointing, with the eggs being over cooked. Ah well, you can not win them all.

However the other Richard Caring restaurant we visited, was J. Sheekey, St. Martins Lane, which is between Leicester Square and Charing Cross, London. I really like J. Sheekey. The menu is seafood predominately but they do cater to both vegetarians and carnivores alike. I had some oysters to start with followed by oops! dressed crab, didn’t I just say that for Cote! Am I predictable of what? Ah well, it was very good. Better than Cote? Yes. More expensive than Cote? Again yes at £6.95 -£17.95 !  Himself had the Shrimp & Scallop Burger with spiced mayonnaise in other words a Posh Burger! So this is what I decided to cook for Sunday dinner.

Looking up the recipe I found that  it was made with shrimp, scallops and salmon. As I did not have scallops, I made a Posh burger using salmon trout, shrimp, and crab meat. The result was delicious and easy to do. Normally when making any type of fish cake, there is a binder, either with potato or breadcrumbs, (I usually make then using Panko breadcrumbs) and mixed together with beaten egg, coated with beaten egg and then dipped in breadcrumbs before frying. These “posh” burgers are just pure fish, no fillers, no eggs

So this is my recipe for Posh Fish Burgers with Chilli Mayonnaise.


Makes +/- 8

For the Chilli Mayonnaise

  • 1 medium whole egg ( I use whole egg trying to be a bit healthier)
  • pinch fine Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • +/-1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 chopped red chili
  • 1 clove of garlic




Put egg, salt, lemon juice and any spice or garlic and water to a blender or food processor  (I use a stick blender). Blend on medium high speed well.

Slowly drizzle the oil into the egg mixture until you have added all of it, keeping the blender on medium high speed the whole time.

Blend until you have a creamy, opaque emulsion….mayonnaise.

I do not refrigerate as the cold will sometimes make the mayonnaise separate.



For the Burgers

  • 4 fillets of Salmon Trout or 3 portions of salmon
  • 1Lb, crab claw meat ( I buy it from Costco, see photo)
  • 1Lb uncooked large Shrimp( I buy them frozen from one of the Chinese supermarkets, or fresh from Billingsgate fish market)
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 2 red chili peppers finely chopped
  • juice of one lemon



Finely chop the salmon, and the shrimp. Shred the crab meat, put all into a mixing bowl, along with the onions, and the chilies and lemon juice. Mix well.
Shape into patties, heat some olive oil in a non stick pan and and gently fry them on both sides until golden brown, care is needed when turning them, as they are fairly fragile put the cooked ones in a warm oven whilst cooking the rest.
Serve with steamed asparagus and the chilli mayonnaise. Do not forget the 1/4 of lemon, which has been trimmed. See the photographs.




Have Fun and Enjoy


3 thoughts on “Not another Burger… No! it’s a Posh Burger

  1. Sounds wonderful but can I get the wife to make me the Posh Burger ?
    Keep eating like that darling and you’ll go bang !!!
    Love G


  2. Funny!

    This page in black and white but when I went to the comments page I get the professional, but grey background

    Reads very well, by the way!


    On Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 7:35 PM, oystersandchampagne wrote:

    > ** > Oysters and Champagne posted: “Over the weekend I had the good fortune > to eat in three of Richard Carings restaurants, which is actually not > very hard to do, if you live in the London Area. Richard Who? And > restaurants? I hear many of you cry. Well, for the uninitiated, Richard > Cari”


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