"Gourmet burgers with discerning toppings"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
London is in the midst of a burger frenzy. Who would have thought we’d one day witness queues snaking around the block for a simple patty in a bun? Or that every cheap burger van in town would be entitled to its own fully-fledged permanent venue?
Haché was conceived way before the current craze, but this chain of three restaurants (for they are restaurants rather than fast food/burger joints) keeps popping up on the same lists as current favourites MeatLiquor and Hawksmoor. More importantly their beef burgers, which are made from Scotch steak, are extremely gratifying, with a discerning eye towards toppings: Cajun spices and guacamole make up the Mexican, Parmesan, Mozzarella and sun-dried tomato tapenade top the Milano burger, while another has Reblochon cheese and red onion chutney.
There is a choice of crispy ciabatta bun or the softer, slightly sweeter brioche. The latter turns out to be perfect for the Louisiana, which has crunchy peanut butter completely covering the patty and overpowering the mature Cheddar. The result is a slightly sweetened, yet strangely tasty burger. Even better is the supremely rich Spanish, with a wedge of grilled creamy goat’s cheese dunked over a large red pepper. The meat is grilled to your liking; although the menu states their standard is medium well, this turns out to be a tad overdone and medium rare fares better, producing juicy meat with a crispy exterior.
It’s not all about beef however, for there are burgers made from duck, lamb, chicken, tuna, and for vegetarians, falafel or Portobello mushroom. Then there are the sides, like crispy sweet potato frites, grilled halloumi and chips with the skin on. Averaging £9 for a burger, it’s more expensive than a late night junk food joint, but excellent value considering the clever flavours.
Leila reviewed Hache on Wed 25 Jan 2012