Fulfilling the old adage that “everything goes better with cheese”, the super fancy Duck Fat Chips from the super trendy The Frenchie Bistro in the super cool container park at The Artworks Elephant in Elephant and Castle sure are a super treat.
Frying chips is an art. Frying them in duck fat is nothing short of a masterpiece. That would be enough, but covering them with cheese would surely add to the experience, right? What if that cheese wasn’t ordinary cheese, but sumptuous Raclette cheese, melting around the already delicious chips?
Well, that’s what you’re getting here. Simple. Genius. Cheesy. Delicious. Try to go back to regular chips after this. I dare you.
Slimy? Yes, you read duck fat and cheese in the same sentence. Very nasty, very yummy
Satisfying? How can I ever go back to regular chips? Only by being drunk I suppose…
The Frenchie Bistro
The Artworks Elephant, Unit 8, Elephant Rd, London SE17 1AY
It’s a known fact that adding french words makes anything sound more intellectual. “Le London”. “La joyeux restaurant”. I mean, I could call this blog something as simple as “Le Blog” and I bet I would double my audience (which, as of now, is still just my mom and a whole bunch of Russians, for no apparent reason).
Ciabatta makes anything fancier
But when someone does it on a burger, well, they better mean business. Because you don’t call a burger something as sophisticated sounding as Steak le Triomphe des Truffes, unless it is, indeed, a very sophisticated burger. Thankfully, in the case of Haché Burgers, the sophistication is guaranteed.
Touch the truffles!
This fancy schmancy burger comes with truffled Gruyère cheese and glaze (I’ve already expressed my adulation to truffle burgers before). It is a burger for the seasoned burger lover. The one who wants to get his hands dirty, but dirty with expensive sounding ingredients. I wouldn’t be surprised if Haché released a burger with caviar one of these days.
Truffles from above
But until then, truffles will do. Plus, you can order it with ciabatta bread. Fancier than imaginable.
Slimy? That truffled glaze is as slippery as they come.
Satisfying? Thankfully, the glaze is fingerlickingly good, and so is this outstanding burger.
24 Inverness St, London NW1 7HJ
Contrary to popular belief, the hamburger was not created in Hamburg (not sure if anyone truly believes that). It wasn’t created in France either, which makes it all the more shocking to find a french hamburger restaurant. In London of all places.
But that’s exactly what Big Fernand is. It’s all about simple, homestyle cooking with fancy schmancy, hard to pronounce french ingredients. For example, the signature one, Le Big Fernand, comes with “Tomme de Savoie cheese”. Which is, well, fancy language for saying cheese. Add some sun-dried tomatoes and secret sauce and you get a countryside tasting burger. Simple, delicate and tasty.
Any cheese is fancy cheese
Though the days of English and French rivalry are long gone (a big lie, the rivalry seems to be alive and well), that means something like Big Fernand can exist, deftly mixing french sensibilities with anglosaxon burger nonsense.
Special mention to the homemade ketchup, which made the accompanying fries be worthy of being served at Versailles. It’s so good, I asked for some ketchup to go. I wish I was kidding… but I’d do it again.
Slimy? Not particularly. It comes with a big bun, which held everything in place surprisingly well.
Satisfying? A taste of French country life, right in Central London. Oh la la.
19 Percy St, London W1T 1DY