It’s fair to say that Haché knows a thing or two about burgers. The chic, Parisian-inspired restaurant prides itself on serving the most exquisite burgers in London, with or without meat. In response to the growing plant-based trend, Haché has just launched Beyond Le Fumé, taking the vegan Beyond Meat Burger to a new taste frontier.
Last Friday I headed to Haché in Holborn to get a first taste of Beyond Le Fumé. I had never dined at Haché before and I was pleasantly surprised by the smart and casual decor of the brasserie-style restaurant.
Beyond Le Fumé is the latest vegan addition to Haché’s burger menu joining other plant-based options: Beyond Naturel, Beyond ‘Cheeseburger’ and Secret Garden.
Nowadays, there is no shortage of vegetarian and vegan burgers; some admittingly better than others. So what makes a good meat-free burger? In my opinion, a quality juicy patty with bite, flavoursome toppings, texture, tasty bun and good presentation are all essential elements.
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Presented in a smoke-filled dome (check out the IG video above ☝️) that infuses the burger with subtle, sweet flavour from cherry wood chips, Beyond Le Fumé is made from a Beyond Meat burger patty served with:
- Grilled aubergine and Belazu smoky semi-dried tomatoes for smoky, umami notes.
- Violife Cheddar: Violife is a coconut oil-based cheese alternative, free from preservatives and GMO’s.
- Courgette straws for crunch, made with a soymilk-based batter.
- Rubies in the Rubble mustard plant-based mayo made from aquafaba (the protein-rich water left over from cooking chickpeas which would normally be thrown away ) spiked with an additional touch of French’s mustard for a peppery kick.
- Toasted ciabatta bun baked by Sally Clarke. A naturally vegan, peasant-style ‘slipper’ bread made with extra-virgin olive oil to create a light and thin-crusted loaf with an open, moist and irregular crumb.
I guess there are good burgers and very good burgers. Beyond Le Fumé was nothing less than excellent. Juicy and tender, it was cooked to perfection with an unbelievably realistic, slightly “bloody” bite (from added beetroot) of a medium rare meat burger. Accompanied by turmeric fries and a glass of merlot, it made for a truly enjoyable and delicious meal.
Served with just the right amount of relish and toppings, Beyond Le Fumé is by far the best vegan burger I have ever had. When meat-free tastes that good, that you cannot tell the difference from its meat equivalent, you have to wonder really, what is the point of eating animals?
Beyond Le Fumé is available in all 7 Haché restaurants around London (check website for details of your nearest one)
Disclaimer: we were guests at Haché. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.