Burger fever has swept through Hong Kong in recent months, with every meat eater in the city getting caught up in an almost hysterical hunt for the best bun and the perfect patty. Detailed discussions over the virtues (or lack thereof) of Butcher's Club Burgers and Beef & Liberty still show no sign of letting up but, undeterred by the ongoing debate, new burger joints are still opening all around town. Here we introduce three newcomers that have already won over some of Hong Kong's most dedicated beef buffs.
Parisians are a hard bunch to please, but this burger chain sent them into an unashamed frenzy when it opened in the French capital a little under three years ago. It quickly went on to win over Londoners (with its restaurants on Percy Street), and now has Hong Kongers flocking to its new space on the second floor of ifc. Although it offers five different house burgers, you can also build your own burger from scratch using beef, lamb, chicken or veal. As Big Fernand also sources the finest French ingredients, and offers cheese toppings including Raclette de Savoie, Tomme de Savoie and Fourme d'Ambert, perhaps it's not surprising that this Parisian chain is taking the world by storm.
Christopher Mark and Syed Asim Hussain, the brains behind Carbone, Ho Lee Fook and Boqueria, as well as many other on-trend local restaurants, have turned their minds to the humble burger with the opening of this old-school diner on Hollywood Road. We would recommend going all out and ordering the Whole Show, which is made up of a 5oz beef patty, fried egg, American cheese, pickled beetroot, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and spicy mayo. But what sets this restaurant apart is its tempting side dishes, our favourite of which is the cream cheese-stuffed jalapeno poppers.
This burger joint has already achieved local fame (or infamy, depending on your viewpoint) thanks to the enormous poster featuring five lingerie-clad models suggestively licking their fingers that hung outside its Wellington Street restaurant in the weeks leading up to its opening. Thankfully for foodies, Double D's burgers have proved themselves just as attention grabbing as its billboard, with the titular Double D burger and double-fried buttermilk chicken burger proving particularly popular. After your meat feast, make sure to try either the vanilla or chocolate milkshake, to which you can add Oreos, salty caramel, snickers or even a shot of bourbon, if you're looking for something particularly indulgent.