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Haché’s Burger Social: Wining and Dining in Balham
Haché Balham is already a firm family favourite so when I was asked to review their range of gourmet burgers I turned up mob-handed. One of the big pluses at Haché is its ability to cater for our myriad dietary requirements- vegetarian, gluten free and nut allergies.
We enjoyed the usual warm welcome and attentive yet relaxed service, complemented by the trendy decor and a soundtrack that improved as the evening progressed.
Once ensconced in our booth, we were brought starters served with drinks. The Haché Bellini was a pleasing combination of Chambord raspberry liqueur and prosecco and from the interesting selection of craft beers we chose a light easy drinking Haché draft lager and a fruity and refreshing Buxton IPA. For the younger drinkers there was a selection of lemonades with a twist, and the watermelon and pomegranate versions seemed to hit the mark.
To keep the pangs of hunger at bay while we waited for our burgers to arrive, we opted for a generous plate of nachos loaded with mature cheddar cheese sauce, tomato salsa and enough jalapeños, avocado, sour cream (£6.95). Whilst this was marked for two sharing there was ample for a small portion for four, along with a bowl of whole green olives (£3.50).
We also took the opportunity to review the well constructed wine list, which includes a good selection of wines in 500m carafes – great for a midweek night for 2 when you don’t want to over indulge on a school night. We chose a Chilean Merlot/cabernet sav blend which delivered smooth, cherry fruit, and stood up well to the main event – our burgers.
Just to be contrary our junior carnivore opted for the Creole chicken wings, dipped in hot Cayenne sauce served with sour cream dip (8 for £9.95) and despite this being a burger joint, reported that they were the best wings he’d ever tasted and he has tasty many in his short life! Plentiful meaty and very spicy with lots of flavour not just hot.
All the burgers come in a choice of ciabatta or brioche buns dressed with rocket, beef tomato & sliced sweet red onion with mustard mayo. Or you can go naked if you want to go lighter or for gluten free diets where the bun is substituted for a green salad.
For the meat burger eaters, there was a well cooked and flavoursome Rosemary Lamb burger, premium quality seasoned to perfection with garlic and rosemary salt, topped with tzatziki in a brioche bun (£9.95).
I had the steak truffle burger, £11.50 topped with truffle shavings, truffle aioli, cameralised onion and gruyere cheese. This was a lovely combination of flavours on a succulent steak burger.
The vegetarians didn’t miss out, with the hungry teenager who hadn’t eaten all day describing her Goats cheese burger on ciabatta as devine. This came with a large portobello mushroom, avocado and aioli. The red pesto sauce was left off due to the nut allergy. The staff were very attentive to this need.
The Veggie man’s Sweet potato Rossi burger was made of grated sweet potato fritter with solid, tzatziki and rocket. He opted for no bun and it arrived well presented on a bed of salad.
The Haché frites (£2.95) aka skinny fries were the perfect accompaniment to our mains. They also do good sides including really good sweet potatoes frites (£3.95) coleslaw and a yummy Kale and avocado salad with Haché yogurt vinaigrette (£3.95) was an interesting addition.
We passed on dessert as in contrast to the 17 different kinds of burgers on offer the dessert menu is quite limited with only four choices, not that we needed one.
Judging by the clean plates and contented noises from all the family, Haché delivers for adults and children alike. We’ll certainly be regular visitors.
37 Bedford Hill
Nearest tube: Balham
Mo-Thu 9am – 10.30pm
Fri-Sat 9am – 11.00pm
Sun. 9am – 10.00pm
020 8772 9772