Feature Friday – Hank Burger, Paris
If you keep an eye on our Instagram, you’ll know that I (Freya) recently went to Paris. Now, in a country renowned for its cheese, pastries and traditional cuisine, I was a little worried I’d be surviving on plain baguettes the whole time I was there. It turns out, though, while the majority may be opting for the classics – croissants, boeuf bourguignon, duck confit etc. – there’s a pretty active vegan scene in Paris, too.
As I always recommend to others before travelling, I did a little research on vegan restaurants in the city and there were a LOT. I was only there for a few days so I whittled the list down and earmarked others for my next visit (which hopefully won’t be too far in the future). If you’ve read some of our blogs or recipes before, you’ll know that, for me, there’s next to nothing that beats a good vegan burger. With that in mind, the obvious choice was Hank Burger – an entirely vegan burger cafe/restaurant in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris. There are actually two locations and a third ‘Hank’ venue dedicated to pizzas – I know, so little time, so many choices.
Let’s jump into the review:
This place has a whole bunch of glowing reviews – we’re talking over two thousand positive star ratings. It’s safe to say I had pretty high expectations! First impressions – I really liked that they kept their menu simple; the actual burger itself stays the same but you can personalise your meal but changing up the sauces and sides. For people like me who find it hard to make decisions, this made the process a whole lot quicker.
The service was insanely fast – fewer options mean less faff and prep. We were handed our burgers virtually as soon as we’d finished ordering – piping hot, served up neatly and ready to go. The place is pretty informal, we took our tray of food/drink and headed upstairs to find a table in the cosy/rustic setting. I didn’t get great photos, but picture wooden benches, stripped back walls and copper pipes all around – it was the perfect mixture of arty, shabby and modern.
The only aspect that I felt could be improved upon (unfortunately) was the burger itself. Before I go into it, I want to stress that I really did like this place – the food was flavoursome, the atmosphere was great and the staff were super friendly (not someth ing we experienced everywhere we went in Paris). But personally, I just wasn’t the biggest fan of the burger itself. I thought the texture was a little mushy and it reminded me more of a bean burger than a mock meat burger. This is completely down to personal preference – there are clearly hundreds and hundreds of people out there who love this kind of burger, but for me, I’m a bigger fan of things like the B12 or Impossible kind.
Having said that, I would definitely go back, as I’d like to see how their set menu changes. But first, I’d tick off some of the other vegan finds in Paris that I didn’t make it to, including VG Pâtisserie and Le Grenier de Notre Dame. If you’ve found any good’ns, let us know in the comments!