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Burger Connoisseurs Ltd
No, I make no apology, dear reader, for introducing you to
a burger restaurant, for that is exactly what Haché is. It’s a
family business, established in 2004 but they have certainly not
modelled themselves on the ubiquitous fast food chains. The food here
is strikingly different and appeals to adults with educated palates who
want good quality food served in a pleasant environment.
Haché pride themselves on using the best produce to make and
garnish their burgers. The beef is 100% prime Scotch steak. The
chicken, fish and vegetables are delivered fresh every day. Desserts
are made by Haché and the burgers are designed by Haché.
Yes, there are burgers here that are exclusive to Haché and well
There are only two Haché restaurants so far, one in
Camden and the one in Chelsea in the Fulham Road which was our
destination. The first thing one notices about a Haché
restaurant is, well, the restaurant. The fact that it was a real
restaurant was reassuring, and a very welcoming one it was. The tables
and chairs are in dark wood and rather reminiscent of classic tea
shops, but from waist height Haché is all glitz and crystal,
owing more to sumptuous Viennese coffee houses than a golden arch. The
Chelsea branch is a tranquil lunch venue for locals but the evening
finds it the favourite dining spot for cinemagoers.
We settled ourselves to peruse the menu, which was cosmopolitan and
imaginative. Haché Burgers are served on fresh Ciabatta buns
rather than the more typical soft sesame seed varieties of
Macwendykings the world over. This makes for a more substantial meal.
You can have a green salad instead of the bread if you are watching the
calories. The standard garnishes are Roquette, beef tomato, sliced red
onion and the house mayo, although you’ll be offered numerous other
toppings to complete your gourmet patty.
It’s the nature of a burger to be most often made of beef, and it’s
true that Haché offers a good selection of these, but there are
also several lamb burgers: Lamb Moroccan – chopped lamb with spring
onions, coriander and smoked paprika, served with a spicy Harissa dip –
will be the undoubted choice for my next visit. Fish lovers are also
catered for with Fresh Tuna Steak and Fish & Chips - beer battered
fish with tartar sauce served with chunky chips. There are a good
number of chicken dishes including Honey-Moutarde chicken burger with
grilled bacon and melted cheddar cheese. For a lighter poultry option
there is Chicken Caesar Salad and for vegetarians the salad section
also offers Grand Avocat - avocado, pine nuts, cucumbers, vine
tomatoes, French beans, roasted red peppers on a bed of mixed leaves
tossed in Haché dressing.
Tempted though we were by the aforementioned we each had our own idea
of what might make a suitable Monday lunch. My companion, in true manly
fashion, chose red meat. He was almost persuaded by the Steak Canadian
– bacon and mature cheddar cheese with perhaps a side order of onion
rings, but the waiter remarked that their Steak Catalan served with
chorizo sausage, fresh chilli and tomato jam was the most popular of
the beef burgers. This arrived cooked to medium as requested and proved
to be a good choice. The beef was flavourful and tender and the sausage
was well seasoned with paprika and a hint of warming spice.
Although I am not a full-time vegetarian I often choose the meatless
option. Most of the vegetarian burgers at Haché are
chickpea-based and I rather liked the sound of the Falafel Blue Cheese
burger. Our waiter suggested that the delicate texture would be best
enjoyed with a salad rather than the bun and I ordered a tomato and red
onion salad on the side. The cheese gave a tang to the soft and light
falafel. This was made into a burger shape rather than being the
traditional hockey puck or doughnut shapes found in Middle Eastern
snack bars. A surprisingly hearty plateful.
It’s the fate of a restaurant reviewer to self-sacrificingly indulge in
dessert even when one is not needed. Haché have a short but
thoughtful list of sweet delights including Chocolate Brownies served
with whipped double cream or Haché Ice Cream (said to be one of
the most popular puds), and the classic Eton Mess. We chose Banoffee
Pie but be warned – you need to have a sinfully big appetite for this
one. It’s a confection that is quite often found on restaurant menus
and is frequently a disappointment. This example was memorable in size
and sticky deliciousness. Have an espresso and take your time over this
Haché Chelsea is a restaurant that introduces its clients to the
smart side of burgerdom. It’s about ingredients and effort. If you are
going to eat a burger then eat the best quality you can find. If you
take the trouble to eat out then find a restaurant that has ambience
and cutlery. Haché is a fine example of fun casual elegance. We
enjoyed our meal and will return.
Restaurant review: Haché
329 - 331 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London SW10 9QL
Tel 020 7823 3515
Visit Haché here