Haché is a small, London-based micro-chain of burger restaurants that over the last decade has tentatively spread its meaty tentacles all across London. It now serves four of the trendiest corners of the Capital with locations in Shoreditch, Clapham, Chelsea and Camden.
Although I’d heard excellent things, Haché and I didn’t get off to a good start. I wasn’t particularly impressed by Haché’s online description of its restaurants: “chic, cosy decor, [where] women can feel just as comfortable as their meat-loving boyfriends”. Because, golly, only men like burgers and only women like fairy lights.
It was therefore in a rather cynical frame of mind I arrived at the Haché’s Shoreditch branch on Curtain Road, half-expecting to be handed a pink, scented menu with a selection of girl-friendly salads and bun-free burgers. When we arrived at 7pm, it was reassuringly busy for a Monday. It’s probably more accurate to call Haché a ‘restaurant that sells burgers’ rather than a ‘burger restaurant’; its demeanor more relaxed than its competitors and, from a quick glance at other customers’ plates, its burgers less sloppy. This was no MEATMission.
We perused the menu, which is probably one of the most imaginative in the city, featuring an aromatic crispy duck burger and a chorizo burger, which comes topped with tomato jam. How is tomato jam different from tomato sauce, you ask? I’m not sure, but it sounds interesting. It was St Patrick’s day, so went for the monthly special, a 6oz beef burger infused with rosemary thyme and garlic salt, topped with onions, sweet cure bacon and Guinness cheddar cheese. It was delicious; the beef was top quality and well-cooked, and the whole package was a more sophisticated spin on the traditional cheese ‘n bacon burger, though the Guinness was quite subtle. They could have definitely have gotten away with more booze.
My dinner companion, Emma, plumped for the pulled pork, which was some of the best I’ve ever tried. More sweet than sticky, the pork was soft and tender – like a meaty cloud – topped with crispy pancetta, coleslaw and a monstrous onion ring.
We went a bit mental on the sides, ordering wedges, sweet potato fries and a rocket & parmesan salad between us. The table wasn’t big enough. It was all a bit embarrassing. I have no idea how so many restaurants manage to cock up something as simple as fried potato, but a lot do. Fortunately, Haché had it nailed. Especially the sweet potato fries. I eat sweet potatoes a lot at home, generally by bunging them in the microwave because I am crap at cooking and lazy, but these were something else.
We finished up with the chocolate brownie to share. Now, I’ve had a lot of brownies in my time, mainly because I don’t believe in fruity desserts. I know, I know, I’m a child. But we could smell this thing coming, rich and warm (but not microwave hot). And huge. Top marks.
Full-disclosure: we visited Haché by invitation of its PR people, though all opinions are 100% legit. Would I lie to you? A two-course meal and a drink will set you back around £20 a head.
You can find Haché Shoreditch at 147-149 Curtain Road, EC2A 3QE, or details on its other locations here.
Author: Emily Gibson
Emily is an urban adventurer, blogger and
glutton foodie on an epic quest to uncover the best things to eat, drink and do in London. She lives in East London and loves ceviche, cycling and magic shows. Lifelong nemeses include beetroot, beards and wine served in tumblers.