Earlier today I smugly posted about how I ‘completed’ Lent and managed to steer clear from ketchup, mayo, BBQ sauce and HP for 46 whole days. I know, I know, I must be superhuman. BUT I DID IT.
There were many times where my patience for Lent was tested, but I was at my most likely to quit when faced with anything burger and chips related. Sauce-less burger buns run the very real risk of being too dry and chips without sauce are quite frankly upsetting. So with that all being said, I knew I wanted to have a decent (veggie) burger and chips as soon as I could…and that’s why we headed to Haché on the Fulham Road last night for dinner.
My cousin and her boyfriend were staying with us and I billed Haché to them as ‘a posh GBK’, a place where you can get good burgers but you don’t have to order at a counter or use cutlery from a communal tin. I’d been a few times before but not for ages and ages, so I was excited to go back…especially as ST is still doing veggie January (yep, in April) and I knew we’d be able to get two different veggie options and share them. (Having someone to share food with has been a revelation, NOW I KNOW HOW REGULAR PEOPLE FEEL).
We wanted to get cocktails as part of our evening so we went to Beaufort House on the Kings Road first (Frisky Bisons are still very much ‘the one’) before we walked up Beaufort Street to the restaurant. They’re three minutes walk from one another so you can easily combine the two.
We needn’t have bothered going somewhere else for cocktails first though, as when we arrived at Haché we saw that they did cocktails themselves. TEN POINTS AWARDED STRAIGHT AWAY.
They were good (and strong!) cocktails too, and we made an effort to taste various ones as the evening progressed. For research.
The menu is varied and has everything from a crunchy peanut butter and cheddar smothered steak burger (the Louisiana) to an aromatic duck burger with hoi sin sauce to an actual roast dinner burger which contains Yorkshire pudding and dauphinoise potatoes (only available on Sundays, natch). There’s a decent array of lamb, chicken and veggie burgers too, as well as salads. You won’t struggle to find something you’ll love, though you may struggle to actually choose what to have.
We started with nachos and halloumi…
Before moving on to our mains.
I had the falafel sweetcorn burger (which comes with beetroot mmmmmmm) whilst ST had the goat’s cheese burger which featured portobello mushroom, grilled aubergine, avocado, chive oil, garlic mayonnaise and red pesto sauce. I had food envy and he cruelly took back his ‘promise to share’ (GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE YOUR HONOUR!) so I will have to go back sharpish and have the goat’s cheese burger for myself….as one bite was definitely not enough.
I liked my falafel burger, don’t get me wrong, but his was VERY special. I thought mine would come with a sweetcorn chutney as opposed to a spoonful of sweetcorn kernels, I’d have preferred the former I think. I got sweetcorn everywhere!
Lottie had a Skinny Rosemary Lamb burger (premium hachéd English shoulder of Lamb, infused with garlic and rosemary and topped with mint yoghurt) whilst Harry had the Steak Canadian, which was topped with sweet cure bacon and melted mature Cheddar cheese. It was high fives all round.
Sides-wise, I like sweet potato fries a LOT and have had them a fair few times recently (hello, thighs) but these were quite possibly the nicest I’ve ever had. Yeah. They were special. (Espesh as I could have them with ketchup, BBQ sauce and garlic mayo – yey!).
The others had potato wedges and frites and these were lovely too.
We could have had dessert or boozey milkshakes but we were absolutely stuffed. I want to leave room for the banoffee pie next time as it looked very special.
Including service, our meal and cocktails came to just shy of £120 for the four of us…so around £30 per head for shared starters, a burger and side and two boozy drinks each. I’d very kindly been given a £50 credit note in advance so our bill was subsidised (*disclaimer face*) but I’ve eaten at Haché before and definitely will again….so this definitely hasn’t swayed my review!
As a place it’s a nice restaurant to sit in, it’s romantically lit and the service is fab.
I’m very aware that my photos don’t do the food justice at all (blame the aforementioned romantic lighting and my crappy phone!) so here are some of their official pics….just don’t look at these when you’re hungry!
You don’t have to venture to Chelsea to enjoy Haché either (hurrah! some of you are no doubt thinking), there are branches in Shoreditch, Camden, Balham and Clapham too.
You can see all the branch addresses and book tables online here.
The Chelsea location is 329-331 Fulham Road and their number is 020 7823 3531.
I’ll be back soon…but next time I am having a hard shake, goat’s cheese burger and banoffee pie, even if I have to be rolled out the door!
(I can’t believe I am writing this post on a fast day. I am SO HUNGRY).