I went to Paris and I ate a burger. There – I said it. Sorry, I know some of you will be shuddering at the thought of skipping fine French dining.
Yes, I may like classy, stylish, pretty things, especially when it comes to travel. However, I just can’t resist a burger. To add horror to this admission, I’m also a vegetarian (well, a reluctant pescetarian, but no one ever seems to know what that means). Burger + vegetarian does not equal Paris, yet somehow I stumbled across Frogburger when I recently visited the city. It may have been a super lux and romantic weekend in Paris, I may have been glammed up in a LBD, but sometimes all you
want need is a good burger and fries.
Just moments from the La Seine and tucked down a busy, narrow lane that’s filled to the brim with cafés and restaurants, you could easily walk past FrogBurger. The area is full of locals, but equally it’s full of touristy spots with waiters standing outside waving menus in your face. Don’t let that put you off. FrogBurger avoids all that tat.
It’s cool, laid-back and friendly inside. Exposed brickwork works perfectly with the simple wooden tables. If the decor had a name it would be ‘relaxed rustic’. Staff look like Americans, dressed in casual tees and denim. The place is fairly small, with an open kitchen. Groups of friends sit and chat over good food. The waiters and waitresses pinch fries as they serve them, unable to resist. It feels like dinner at your friends, rather than eating out, until you taste the delicious food. It’s better than home.
Nachos, Burgers and Fries in Paris
The nachos are pretty simple. They’re whipped up by the waitress and blasted in the microwave to make them super gooey. They taste fresh and seriously cheesy. They practically swim in the stuff. Smothered in heavenly guacamole and sprinkled with fresh salsa, they make a good starter.
Mains are quite literally the main attraction. Despite the name you won’t find a frog burger on the menu. Instead it’s all about the 100% French beef patties that make a genuinely good burger. Made entirely from chuck steak and marbled with 20% of fat, it creates a burger that is juicy to eat, but never greasy – or so the Mr tells me. He went for a double just to be sure. Burgers never really make a pretty picture, but this sloppy heap certainly disappeared very quickly, which must be a good sign, right?!
Vegetarians are catered for with the halloumi burger. It looks fairly nondescript, like a bit of a disappointment if I’m honest.
However, looks can be deceiving. Once opened up it’s clear to see that it packs a punch. Filled with roasted veggies and leaves, it’s a tasty burger to say the least.
The sweet potato fries almost, almost beat the burgers. They’re so addictively good – just the right balance of squish and crisp. The regular fries are made from Belgian Bintje potatoes and seasoned with salt, garlic and rosemary.
If you’ve room for dessert, try one of the ice cream pots. They’re made in Dorset (in the UK). They’re a little pricey for the size, but if you’ve a sweet tooth, go for it!
You can find FrogBurger at two locations. I recommend the St-Michel one. You can find the address and more info on the FrogBurger site.
Do you have guilty food pleasure when you’re travelling? X