Dip & Flip

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A French dip might sound like some swoony Gallic dance move, but it’s actually a hot meat sandwich from the US. Thinly cut slices of meat are put back into their cooking juices (the ‘jus’), then packed into a chewy baguette and served with more of the jus (or a cup of jus-based thin gravy), for dipping. It’s just one half of the concept behind this South London newcomer. The ‘flip’ side, is a menu of – yup, you guessed it – burgers.

Our bacon cheeseburger was excellent, its beautiful charred-on-the-outside, pink-on-the-inside patty having been topped with molten cheese and crisp smoky bacon, not to mention long slivers of gherkin, burger sauce and shards of raw cabbage (a smart move: crunchier than lettuce, but with a peppery note). This was all snuggled into a rich, of-the-moment brioche bun. Fries were decent: medium skinny, properly crunchy and paprika-salted.

Yet the dips, which are the more interesting part of Dip & Flip’s offering (and stop it from being ‘just another burger joint’), proved disappointing. While our lamb dip saw juicy folds of full-flavoured meat slathered in a nicely minted gravy, these flavours were lost against the doughiness of the torpedo roll. Stateside, bread of this thickness would be offered double-dipped (where they gravy-soak the undersides before assembling) – apparently Dip & Flip tried this, but locals couldn’t get their heads around it. We were also bemused to have been forgotten about as soon as our dishes arrived. But the vibe here is fun-loving, with loud, upbeat music and a warm bare-brick walls-meet-concrete-floors vibe.

We’re seeing more and more excellent French Dips (in Meatmission, Hawksmoor and independent food stalls) across London. Dip & Flip, alas, should stick to the burgers.

Venue name: Dip & Flip
Address: 87 Battersea Rise
SW11 1HW
Transport: Rail: Clapham Junction rail

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Emma W

Burgers are good but any burger joint should be. Chicken burger terrible and gravy like warm watered down bisto. Gutted as sounded so good. Hair in glass of coke and no one even asked if all ok. Oh and deafening music (I'm not being an old fart!) but literally painful and they clearly wanted you in round and out. Waited to pay bill for ages (they couldn't hear us as music so loud) so had to scrape together cash so we could exit! Manager was great when we got to speak to him.

love supporting independents but this just sends me back to Byron .....

Dominic M

The concept of a burger topped with shavings of roast beef and gravy had me watering at the mouth and I'd been dying to check this place out for months.  So today I finally made the schlep down to Wandsworth.  I wish I hadn't of bothered.  

While the Dip & Flip burger was perfectly adequate, it wasn't anything game-changing.  IN fact the meat of the burger was a little under seasoned.  The gravy it came with was lukewarm and thin in both body and texture.  It added nothing but unnecessary mess to the experience.  

But the worst part was the completely amateur attempt at poutine.  We ordered the fries with chillies, bacon, cheese and gravy.......only to be presented with a bowl containing a puddle of lukewarm gravy and solid mozzarella at the bottom, upon which sat a bed of bland fries peppered with chopped green chillies and bacon bits - for a second I thought this was a post modern attempt at a deconstructed version of this dish - until I tried eating it and found it nigh on impossible to combine the different parts onto my fork. 

So I asked the manager to melt the cheese and he said they didn't have the facilities to do so, which I found faintly ridiculous.  He offered to change it for something else but didn't seem to have any intentions on making my dining experience anything other than adequate.

The restaurant itself lacked atmosphere and was devoid of any charm.  It seemed like this was not a business that the owners/managing staff lived and breathed, which to be honest, I think is vital given the competition of other London burger joints who place a huge emphasis on their craft.

I won't be visiting again.