Burgers. Burgers. Burgers. These are one of the recent food trends to explode onto the London scene. I’m very happy they’ve done so because there is nothing like a decent quality burger.
I’ve already investigated Honest Burgers in Soho, sample Patty & Bun and Eliot’s Burger at Feast, devoured pop-up Two Nights Only‘s Forty Burger, and pitted GBK against Byron Burgers in Spitalfields. (Upcoming reviews: The Diner, Byron Burgers (Westfield), Meat Market and the Electric Diner.)
I decided it was time to investigate Haché Burgers, who are experimenting with a different aesthetic. Whereas most burger places are emulating American diners or promoting themselves as good quality modern chains, Haché Burgers takes a more delicate approach.
An approach that says softly, softly with sophistication. Think of chandeliers and fairy lights, light and airy decoration and plants. That was the inside of Haché Burgers Clapham. The result is a modern brasserie / stylised tea-rooms hybrid that makes for a pleasant atmosphere.
The trouble was that I was mildly perturbed by the blatant feminisation of the design. Haché are trying to call out to women and say “It’s OK to eat burgers – you needn’t enter a greasy dive!” And whilst I’m not a big fan of greasy dives, there is no need for overt girlyness as a marketing model. I am however, a bit of a hypocrite because the fairy lights …were…. so ….preeeeetty.
All burgers at Haché are served in a choice of brioche or ciabatta with some crisp salad on the side that you can add to your burger as desired. For our lunchtime feasting, my dining partner and I tackled a Steak Mexican (£9.25) with Cajun Spices, Jalapeños, Salsa, Guacamole and Sour Cream in Brioche.
The bun had a surprisingly firm consistency, which was definitely needed for containing all those sauces. The burger was cooked medium-rare and was very tasty, although I found a little dry for my liking. As for the Mexican theme, the chef hadn’t been shy with the spices but I wasn’t sure that the overall combination was the best accompaniment to a burger.
We also tried Steak Bavarian (£9.95) served with Smoked Bavarian Cheese and Caramelised Onions. This was my favourite of the two because the sweetness of the onions brought the burger alive, although the cheese was a little mild and tended to get a little lost.
On the side, we got some Potato Wedges with Garlic Mayo and Salsa (£3.50), which were really comforting, and some Sweet Potato Frites (£2.95) which could have been a bit more flavourful and required some salt!
We also tried an Oreo and Peanut Butter (£3.95) which was dangerously good. I’ve been having cravings for it ever since!
Haché Burgers 3/5 – For some unusual burger combinations with tastefully served sides and great milkshakes, this is your place.
Food 3/5 – Burgers could be a little more succulent but toppings are great.
Value 3/5 – Clapham currently run a 2 for 1 offer that’s worth checking out 😉
Service 5/5 – Great. Our waiter was happy to recommend items.
Atmosphere 4/5 – Chilled and friendly.
Where: Camden, Clapham, Chelsea, Shoreditch
When: Mon – Thurs 12 – 10.30pm; Fri – Sat 12 – 11pm; Sun 12 – 10pm.