Good burgers but go for medium-well – 3.8/5Steak Cheeseburger – £8.95
Haché. Nice name, but time to drop the pleasantries and call a spade a spade. Overall, the experience felt like having a meal at a posh Wetherspoons – you know you aren’t getting anything particularly special and whatever you pay for the food, their margin comes from the booze.
We visited on a Sunday evening, hence we didn’t expect fireworks in terms of ambience. The menu is stacked with options, but those of relevance reside in the “Steak Burgers” section. In our view, “Steak Burgers” is somewhat of a misnomer…burgers are made from ground beef (as per the commonly accepted definition), and steaks are, well, steaks…it’s somewhat silly to try convince patrons that the burgers are ground steak – that’s just not going to fly for a sub £10 burger. Another classic giveaway of a franchise trying to pass as premium but really isn’t is far too many “truffle” options on the menu…we did our best to approach the burgers in an impartial manner despite the poor service and above-mentioned tomfoolery. We hit up their Steak Cheeseburger as a safe choice.
Biting into this morsel, the bun was fresh and of good quality – soft to the touch and toasted. The quality of meat was very good, better than many other examples we’ve had – they almost fooled us into thinking this was actually ground steak. It’s more like lean mince, but still good quality, so no lost points there. The meat was cooked medium (as per their recommendation), which for our tastes is a little on the raw side. The medium fry leaves a lot of juice in the meat – fats can’t vaporise to release maximum flavour if adequate heat is not present, hence a lot is held back in this example. We would recommend a medium-well fry, particularly in the presence of a superb bun which is amply capable of soaking up the grease to deliver an overall sensational bite – juices and all!
The meat-to-bun ratio was good, each bite provides a healthy slug of patty, leaving you satiated. Construction was solid and the burger holds well overall, no need for knife and fork or those annoying oversized toothpicks so many chains use to hold their burgers together.
We went ventured for a helping of their sweet potato fries – nothing to write home about. Given Haché’s slogan is “Burger Social”, we expected something more from the experience. The overall quality of their burgers is good, but the wine was terrible, we ordered a glass of Malbec – it tasted like a £5 bottle from Tesco, which was disappointing for £6.80 a glass. Regardless, the wine does not feature in our overall rating. Don’t let that deter you, their burgers are good and you should definitely give them a shot, but go for medium-well in terms of fry.