I remember talking to a guy that told me how much he hated Paris. Shocked, I asked him why. Well it turns out he visited the Charles DeGaulle airport and didn’t bother leaving the airport area. But what really ticked him off, was that the hotel’s fancy restaurant didn’t know how to make a hamburger! So they chopped up a steak, barely grilled it, and served it on a brioche for $40.
So what does this have to do with a vegan hamburger restaurant? Paris has changed it’s view on the lowly burger over the years. Places like Hippo, McDonalds, and other chains have introduced cheap burgers and bistros have begun featuring fancy burgers more often on their menus. The steak tartar has been cooked, stacked, and covered with a fried egg.
Hank Vegan Burger
Hank is taking this appreciation for the burger and replacing the meat with vegan goodness. The Hankburger menu includes a variety of burgers and side dishes. For those more adventurous tourists, the Touriste burger changes with the seasons.
The burgers are seriously hand-crafted. They take their time making sure everything is perfectly placed on the bun. For me, the standout of the meal were the fries and their vegan mayonaise.
For the burger, I thought it was good. In the vegan world, there are two approaches:
- Imitate meat
- Ignore meat and emphasize vegan proteins
I’d say Hank falls in the second camp. This was a tasty sandwich, but I wouldn’t call it a burger. I point this out for your meat eating friends, as they may be disappointed by the lack of texture and chew. If they are ready for a vegan sandwich, they’ll be happy customers.
Hank is located in the Marais district on Rue des Archives. It’s a small restaurant with a large takeout clientele. It’s a great street food alternative to the nearby Falafel restaurants. It’s open for lunch and dinner.
- Hank Vegan Burgers
- 55 rue des Archives 75003 Paris (3°)
- 09 72 44 03 99
- Metro: Rambuteau (11), Filles Du Calvaire (8), St Sébastien-Froissart (8)
- Fast Food
Accessibility: the entrance and restroom are on the ground floor, but there is insufficient room for a wheelchair to access the restroom.