Monday, 5 December 2011

Le Club des 5 Cheeseburger au Cheddar (Paris)

€12,50 Served on a wooden board with a heap of perfectly crisp fries this burger is well worth sampling if you find yourself in the vicinity

I was in Paris for a few days so made a point of seeking out a burger or two. Simon over at Burger Anarchy used to live in the 17th arrondissement so was able to point me in the direction of a great spot just round the corner from my hotel at the foot of Montmartre, and that's where I began my Parisian adventures...

Le Club des 5 is a pretty cool spot right in the heart of the village Batignolles that has the motto "Les aventuriers du goût" meaning "taste adventurers". I like. The wooden tables and red chairs occupy a smart interior which is injected with a fun vibe by shelves groaning with toys and childhood books - and a wall collage made up from images from kids comic books. 

The Cheeseburger au Cheddar (€12,50) comes with frites maison and is served as above on a wooden board with slices of pickle on the side. I was asked if I wanted the burger well done and said "non, monsieur, 'medium' s'il vous plait". I took the lid off to find that the cheese had been grilled on the top part of the sesame seeded bun with a squirt of mustard. Unusual but not a problem as such. Under the patty there was some lettuce and some very thin-cut tomato and red onion. I added the two slices of pickle, popped the cheesy bun top back on and tucked in. 

There's no doubt that this was a tasty burger - it had a slight gamey-ness that made me assume that the beef was nicely aged. However, while eating it I wished I'd mentioned 'rare' when asked how I'd liked it to be cooked. It wasn't particularly juicy which made me wonder if the lean to fat ratio leaned a little too favourably towards lean. Had it been rarer, more juicy, I know I would have enjoyed it a little more.

That said, I did really enjoyed the burger and the time I spent in Le Club des 5. The fries were also excellent (a credit to the French) and the staff were super friendly. As we left, we were given a loyalty card with two stamps in it. A really nice touch. Next time in Paris, I'll be going back for more, for sure - and will try asking for a rarer burger next time. I look forward to one day finding out what happens when I've got a full compliment of stamps on my carte fidélité! A free burger, perhaps? 

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Le Club des 5
57 rue des Batignolles
75017 Paris
France

Tel: +33 (0)1 53 04 94 73


2 comments:

Simon said...

The upside down grilling is indeed odd.

Fun fact: Le Club des 5 is what the Famous Five were called in France, hence all the decor.

I've heard this place is also great for brunch at weekends!

Anonymous said...

you should have gone to café crème, Rue Dupetit-Thouars. Very similar to this burger but a little juicier it looks like and more chips, and a few euros less.

I go once every couple of weeks

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