So if ‘normcore’ (wearing ordinary clothes, as ’90s-bland as possible) is how we flick the finger at fashion, then its dining equivalent must be ‘chainmeal’. To ‘chainmeal’ (we just made that one up) means to take a break from hipster joints (and their queues), and head instead to a chain restaurant – no queues! No hype! Sensible prices! And less facial hair than a Veet ad.
Take burger chains: for only £5.95, the kitchens at the Canary Wharf, Waterloo and St Paul’s branches of Gourmet Burger Kitchen promise to turn out a 4oz burger and side within 15 mins, or your next lunch is free.
Or for night owls, why not head over to one of Byron Burger Club’s ‘Juicy Lucy’ nights? On May 13, 14 and 19, the Spitalfields branch will be dedicated to this Minneapolis-themed burger, which has its cheese INSIDE the patty (and will be accompanied by some equally indulgent bacon cheese fries, plus a banana cream pie). Tania Ballantine