[Hong Kong] Big Fernand - French Burgers vs. American Burgers
What's the difference between French burgers vs. American burgers? It's all in the cheese! Big Fernand first opened in Paris in 2012 and has since made its way over to HK in the IFC Mall. To be honest, I haven't had French burgers before and in fact haven't heard of such a thing since I've always thought of burgers as an American invention, so I was intrigued to see what the difference is between French and American burgers. The restaurant was decent in size with plenty of seating and operates like a fast food model where you order and pay first at the counter, and then the food will be brought out to you in a tray at your table. You can order one of their 7 house burgers or compose your own with customized meat, cheese, bread and sauce! We ended up trying 2 of their most popular burgers for our first meal here.
The Le Big Fernand ($95) is the signature burger and uses Tomme de Savoie cheese with Australian graded pasture fed beef patty, sun-dried tomatoes and homemade cocktail sauce. With the first bite, it became obvious that the cheese came through as the main star here instead of the beef patty. It's not to say that the beef patty wasn't good but the rich cheesy flavor takes prominence instead. While it may not be for everyone, French cheese lovers will definitely appreciate the burgers here for sure!
The Le Bartholome ($118) with Raclette cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, homemade barbecue sauce and homemade cocktail sauce was my favorite of the two with more balanced flavors! The cheese wasn't as strong here while I loved the sweet barbecue sauce and crispy bacon.
For the sides, we got both the homemade french fries ($30) and homemade salad ($30) to try. The french fries here were quite crispy and thin but I would have preferred the fries to be a bit thicker in the center and have more "potato" flavor to it. The salad was enjoyable with a tart dressing and served as a more healthy option to the fries.
For drinks, don't miss the custom made lemonades in 4 flavors ($35): natural, lemon, grapefruit and pomegranate/peppermint/lemon. We tried the natural which tasted like soda water and pomegranate/peppermint which was a bit too peppermint for my taste so I would stick with the lemon lemonade next time.
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