Party Earth Review The French demand some class even from their fast food, but Blend Hamburger Gourmet takes the deluxe diner idea to another level with meats prepared by a famous French butcher and brioche buns handmade by a seasoned pastry... ... read full review
44 Rue d'Argout
3: Sentier; 4: Etienne Marcel
01 40 26 84 57
M–Sa noon–3pm, 7:30–11pm; Su noon–4pm
Les Halles / Rivoli - 1er / 2eme, Paris –
The French demand some class even from their fast food, but Blend Hamburger Gourmet takes the deluxe diner idea to another level with meats prepared by a famous French butcher and brioche buns handmade by a seasoned pastry chef.
Toto, we’re not in McDonalds anymore.
Each burger – six in all, plus one monthly special – is made with fresh ingredients like eggplant, bacon, fried onions, and imported Emmental cheese, and with each averaging fifteen minutes to prepare, it would be hard to describe the food as “fast” even without the constant line out the door.
Once past the sliding glass doors, patrons find themselves in a sparsely decorated room where close friends and total strangers are all squished awkwardly together at the handful of wood tables, while harried waiters dodge low-hanging black lamps as they whisk sweet potato fries from the kitchen.
The narrow space is chaotic and tight, but also highly modern, with neatly framed posters of burger-based quotations and the venue’s simple double-knifed logo lining the walls.
At ten Euros a pop, it would be hard to call these succulent patties low-priced, but given the diverse regular crowd of everyone from scruffy hipsters to dolled-up girls noshing before hitting a club, the meat certainly proves to bring people together.
Or maybe it’s the delectable desserts like Philadelphia cheesecake and marshmallow cupcakes.
Or maybe it’s just that Blend Hamburger Gourmet is culinary proof that great things sometimes come in small packages.
Diverse crowd of burger lovers, from proper older foodies and hungry suits to primped up fashion hounds and grungy hipsters dropping in for some quick fortification before a night on the town, 20s+.
Barely audible indie, alternative, and electronica.
Small menu of upscale burgers, including one veggie option, as well as both regular and sweet potato fries and a tidy collection of handcrafted desserts. Brunch includes any burger, fries or coleslaw, fresh orange juice, coffee, and any dessert. Take-out available.
Brunch €20, burgers €10, fries €3–€5, desserts €2–€5. Beer €3–€5, wine €4/glass or €18/bottle, coffee and soft drinks €2–€2.50.
Casual: jeans and t-shirts are the norm, though by no means the rule on this diverse crowd.
Friday and Saturday nights for a great crowd of partiers filling up for the long night ahead.
Le Camion qui Fume is one of only a few food trucks in Paris. It is often parked nearby, but makes rounds all over town. The truck’s current location can be found on the venue’s website.