Asta Luegos

Burgers
by HGAT | 17/05/2015
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6.2/10

It seemed like our sliders-filled adventure yesterday was not enough for BW, myself, nor our expanding waistlines. We were craving something new, but above all, something deliciously sinful; an actual sized burger that would have the perfect amount of melted, gooey cheese, and make me feel completely and utterly guilty once I had eaten that dreaded last bite. You know, one of those yummy burgers you see on instagram. But which place to pick amongst the over-saturation of new halal burger joints in London?

Having heard several mixed reviews about other burger establishments, I wasn’t quite convinced their burgers would match up to what I was looking for. So, I took a went out on a limb and made my way to Asta Luegos; a fairly new establishment that has made it’s home in North Wembley and luckily for us, was fairly quiet when we decided to visit.

Having pondered over their fun menu for a few minutes, we finally settled on our meal and placed our order.

Kroom Kroom [£2.10]
Kroom Kroom [£2.10]

A fresh, homemade lemonade with a sweet strawberry syrup and chopped up cucumbers floating around. The cucumbers added a refreshing element to the slightly sour lemonade which was then balanced out by the strawberry essence.

Kinder Bueno Milkshake [£3.50]
Kinder Bueno Milkshake [£3.50]

A good milkshake which was not too milky and had just the right amount of chocolate blitzed in.

 

Asta Cheese Burger [£8.50]
Asta Cheese Burger [£8.50]

A big, juicy burger arrived sandwiched between two buttery slices of a sweet brioche bun, and topped with the usual burger trimmings plus monterey jack cheese. NEWSFLASH: the only burger gourmet bun that I have come across to date that managed to perfectly maintain its’ structure without falling to bits – crazy I tell you! Anyways, the thick beef patty was bursting full of flavour and I could not fault any of the accompanying condiments as they were not too overbearing. The cheese had been melted to a nice gooeyness all over the patty and the decision to fry the onions beforehand added a delicate smokey sweetness to the meat. Just one problem was that I had requested the burger to be cooked to as medium as possible but it arrived well done – I can only imagine how much more yummy the burger could have been had it been a little softer and jucier!

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The fries were crunchy and well-fried, and I had opted for mine to be topped with the house mix which was a blend of different seasonings. Maybe a little salty, but the contrasting flavours made a nice change to otherwise ordinary fries, and oh boy, when dunked into the sauces, the chips became even tastier. Make sure you opt for the donkey sauce made of jalapeno and garlic mayo, and the peanut butter based sauce (don’t judge before trying it – may be worth trying inside your burger!).

 

Hadoukin [£8.50]
Hadoukin [£8.50]

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BW opted for this burger which was topped with jalapenos and a healthy dollop of garlic mayonnaise. He found the burger to be perfectly cooked; although well done, the burger was succulent and had a good amount of juices oozing out. The garlic mayo added a slight tangyness and the jalapenos added a subtle kick. He polished off the burger and raved about how much he loved how well the bun held together! He had also opted for the smokey bacon [£1.00] on the side which perhaps could have been served crispier but otherwise tasted great inside both the burgers.

 

Asta Signature Salad with Dates [£3.95]
Asta Signature Salad with Dates [£3.95]

BW and I like to add a little green to our meals so we don’t feel so bad about ourselves. This salad was really, really good – a good mix of green leaves with feta cheese crumbles, juicy tomatoes, and sweet dates. The dates add a delicious, chewy contrasting texture to the smooth, creamy cheese, and made the salad that extra bit more enjoyable.

The total bill amounted to around £25 for two with the exclusion of the milkshake, which I found great for value considering what most burger joints cost these days.

Overall, I have to give Asta Luegos a massive thumbs up for my meal. The food was fantastic, the burger buns can really hold together and the staff are super friendly and hospitable. Now, I won’t completely rave about how great Asta is; they did have a few mistakes that need ironing out. Unfortunately, due to a large party being seated just before us, we had to wait up to 30 minutes for our food arrive when they had told us it would take 10-15 minutes. Another small problem was that we had to remind the staff about our orders such as the lemonade and the smokey bacon, after which we then saw them running to the closest Tesco for supplies. And lastly, they had overcooked my burger to a well-done *sobs*. However, I soon discovered after my meal that they had only been open for five days, so maybe they deserve some slack. If they can tweak the little niggles, then who knows, Asta Luegos may be my new favourite burger joint.

And just a little shoutout to our friends Sam and Kara: SEE what you missed out on !!!

 

Restaurant Details

Address193 East Ln, Wembley HA0 3NG
Telephone 020 3556 6801
Websitehttp://www.astaluegos.com
ParkingAvailable within the surrounding area
Nearest Station
Rating
  • 6.5/10
    Food - 6.5/10
  • 5.5/10
    Service - 5.5/10
  • 6.5/10
    Atmosphere - 6.5/10
6.2/10

Summary

– Halal status verified by Muslim owner
– No pork or alcohol present
– This is a child friendly establishment

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  1. Reply

    Looks yummy. Great pictures! Did they really go to Tesco half way?!??!

    • Anon
    • 20/05/2015
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    While steaks are best medium rare, the same cannot be said about burgers. You run the risk of e.coli and other bacterial infections as the surface bacteria that are normally killed when you cook a steak are mixed throughout the ground beef/lamb.

    • Anonymous
    • 21/05/2015
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    Is there Music played at the restaurant, if so is it annoyingly loud?

    • Raza
    • 25/05/2015
    Reply

    If you a have phone number for them it would be great if you could post it!

    • Anonymous
    • 25/05/2015
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    I agree, burgers are best medium to well done as seeing that ground mince still transparent in the medium rare looks off putting. Been there, great burgers and welcoming service. Music is a bit too loud though, prefer no music.

    • Anonymous
    • 28/05/2015
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    Great review, but you didn’t mention the Halal status, how you came about this place, how you know its halal etc…

    • abdi
    • 30/05/2015
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    I must say that I have had many burgers in my life, but asta luegos is honestly the best burger I have had in my entire life. So juicy and high quality. And the staff are so cool and down to earth. 100% my new favourite spot. Thanks for the heads up!

    • PrestonRoyce
    • 07/06/2015
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    Erm I have been to Five Guys, Byron, Ed’s Diner and multiple Mexican restaurants.. That place has TERRIBLE service, NOTHING to do with anything Mexican (ironically) and I mean oh my god, takes 25minutes to get a burger ready… The price, listen I usually don’t look nor care about pricing but for a tiny burger shop that just opened like few weeks ago erm they make a load of bad business diecisions… I mean most of the people that walk around that area are students and I don’t think you’d see a teen walk in and buy a £9 burger in “Asta Luegos” like honestly not happening unless they have never seen or heard of Five Guys which is WAY cheaper (Fact) so this Restaurant is just out of place, slow service, No credit card payment which doesn’t make sense if a typical bill from there is above £20, staffs are unprofessional sometimes (swearing whilst gossiping) and their “Signature Fries” are McCain fries.. enough said, just go to London Outlet to get a Burger or TGIFridays because they are cheaper and quicker.

      • Anonymous
      • 10/06/2015
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      I tried this Asta Luegos today and the burger was ‘utterly FANTASTIC’ – I have had several burgers in my life and I would rate it best in Europe! I was also very impressed with their new twister ice cream shake with strawberry lace bits (Delicious)- gotta give it to them, highly imaginative and creative. I’m surprised by the above post as they ‘did’ have a card machine? and staff were ‘super’ friendly? – yes the meal took about 20 mins (ish) to come but this is kind of normal as it was busy? Besides I have been to places where they que out the door – but for quality- Asta Luegos was definitely well worth the wait!!! Go for the House mix flavored fries – thumbs up. 11 out of 10!

    • Lani
    • 10/06/2015
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    Couldn’t disagree more with the above post – Tried Asta Luego’s this week and the burger was UTTERLY FANTASTIC’. Better than Red Iron and Stax. Staff were super friendly and on point. Tried their new twister shake with strawberry lace bits inside (DELICIOUS) gotta give it to them – highly creative and imaginative. And they ‘did’ have a card machine? it took like 20mins for food to arrive – but I suppose this is kind of normal when its busy. Quality was there and it was well worth the wait! To be honest I have waited longer. Would highly Reccomend – 10/10

    • omair
    • 11/06/2015
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    Gotta love people who get on their high horse about checking “halal status”. “Halalgirlabouttown” not give it away?? If you check her blog she does state she checks, but she isn’t responsible for everyone. Check it yourself and if you don’t trust HMC or whoever don’t go there. This girl is just writing about what she enjoys which is food, everyone will have a different opinion, so get off her back, of your lazy backsides and try it yourself. Keep it going HG.

    • Anonymous
    • 13/06/2015
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    Hi. I do like your blog. I need to point out you haven’t really visited east London much. Which is the halal centre in London really. And you have to come to walthamstow high street to a place called Director’s Cut. Its opposite the new cinema and ohh my god! what a place fully halal and absolutely tasty food. Pls pls come and check this food out from my local favourite place.

    • Shai
    • 04/07/2015
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    I went to Asta Luegos today to open fast as your pictures and review praised food. Unfortunately, I cant comment on the food as we arrived at 9.10pm and were told that they would be busy and to place a order quickly. We were seated and given menus. 9.30 no one came to take the order and me and my group of friends went to the counter and placed our order of burgers and drinks. At 10pm I asked a waitress if she could bring our drinks as we have been fasting and are really thirsty. 10.25 no drinks still, so I go to the counter and ask the gentlemen behind it, how long for the food, to which he replies yours is coming next. I thanked him and asked him if I can have my drinks now and I can take them to my table. He asks me to return to my seat and that someone will bring them over. I reply that I prefer to have them now and take myself as I have already requested them earlier and they were not brought to me and that it is now 1 hour 15 minutes since I ordered and 1 hour since the fast opened and that I really want them now please. The man behind the counter appears to get agitated and reminds me that he did tell me that it was going to be busy and that I should have ordered straight away. I respond by saying that I was waiting to be waited on as told to do and that how long does it take to bring some drinks, especially when in all the time I am waiting other tables who have arrived after us and people coming in for take away orders, have had their drinks. It is clear that there is no clear structure in some aspects of the service and I can over look this, if when asking for my drinks the gentlemen had just given them and apologised which is not important to me and definitely without the annoyed look and passing the blame of delay on to me.

    I was so annoyed at the attitude of the person behind the counter that it is now 10.40 and no food and my drinks are arriving that my group and I just got up and left and went to find some where else to eat.

    I am sure the food is good and I have patience but 1 hour and 20 minutes without a drink despite several request and no food showing up after 1 hour and 30 minutes. No food can taste that good to wait that long and not show up and get the attitude when try to partially assist in collecting your drinks but instead of gratitude you get attitude.

    I have been to several other of your recommendations and have enjoyed them all but this one left a bad taste in my mouth which ironic as I didn’t get to taste or drink a thing!

    • S Rahman
    • 23/07/2015
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    This place is dump and the finish to the restaurant is terrible!!! Tables are sticky, waitresses are extremely inexperienced, a place you go to and don’t want to touch anything. They seem to have ‘lock ins’ so if for some reason you decide to travel to this restaurant think again as its most likely going to be a wasted journey. Oh yea, I guess you could call but we did, they said tables are available but then there wasn’t when we was at the door!! It’s an open restaurant with opening times, how can lock in’s be possible if you’re wanting to dine during opening hours?? I will never return to this place, it’s North Wembley (Sh’t hole) and they charge West End Prices!! Meat Shake, Meat Co, Shake Shak & red iron even Amigo’s is better with half the prices!!

    PS lock in’s happen in pubs and bars, after opening hours!!

    • S Rahman
    • 23/07/2015
    Reply

    This place is dump and the finish to the restaurant is terrible!!! Tables are sticky, waitresses are extremely inexperienced, a place you go to and don’t want to touch anything. They seem to have ‘lock ins’ so if for some reason you decide to travel to this restaurant think again as its most likely going to be a wasted journey. Oh yea, I guess you could call but we did, they said tables are available but then there wasn’t when we was at the door!! It’s an open restaurant with opening times, how can lock in’s be possible if you’re wanting to dine during opening hours?? I will never return to this place, it’s North Wembley (not the best neighbourhood) and they charge West End Prices!! Meat Shake, Meat Co, Stax & Red Iron even Amigo’s is better with half the prices!!

    • Maya
    • 24/12/2015
    Reply

    Really good food, top quality burgers. The staff were very friendly, the service was excellent and the decoration is good too (I guess this is after the recent refurb). Will go again for sure.

    • Anonymous
    • 20/10/2016
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    Have given this resturant 2 chances to win me over but has failed on both occasions. The menu is creative and interesting however the food speaks for itself. Terrible. For the price and lack.of service, by the time the food actually does arrive you are faced with a huge let down. Similar to others waiting 30 minutes for someone to take your order then another 20 minutes if not more before a drink even arrives is nit acceptable…bare in mind the resturant was empty just me and another group of 4. The meat is tasteless and by far on the worse end of halal burger places in the area. It’s a shame as the resturant has the potential to be so much more
    The customer service is non existent and the food tasteless for an over priced meal. Save your coins and time and enjoy another halal burger place. Do not go to this resturant!

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