One night late at work, Diva #1 and Bellatrix were craving a good burger coupled with fresh tasting tartare. We couldn’t agree where to go, but upon searching the internet we discovered Le Hachoir, known for its burgers and tartares. We were happy because we really weren’t agreeing on anything. It had tartare and original artisanal hamburgers which were exactly what we were looking for. Not to mention that Le Hachoir is affiliated with Grinder, a tartare restaurant, therefore, we had high expectations!
When you walk into this long restaurant, one thing you notice right away is the surgical lighting above the open kitchen. The tables are very close together, Plateau style, and one entire length of the restaurant is covered by windows. This place must have an amazing ambiance in the summer when everything is open. The vibe was bistro-like, trendy and not over pretentious with a good crowd. They have a lunch menu starting at 10$ and they advertise 8$ parking not too far from the restaurant. All in all, the decor is original and modern. Bellatrix and Diva #1 had such a lovely time that before leaving Diva #1 had already started planning another visit with Diva #2.
With Bellatrix we had wine but the Divas were much more adventurous when they returned with Mr. Old Fashioned and our Sensei. The mojito and dirty gin martini are classics that were delicious and as excepted, nothing fancy. Mr. Old Fashioned’s Bloody Cesar had steak spice on the rim instead of celery salt and was made with Sriracha sauce and jalapenos. Though he prefers a Bloody Mary, this was a lovely Cesar. Diva #2 had the Paloma which had tequila, cucumbers, grenadine and grapefruit but she found the grapefruit overpowering and too acidic.
When Diva #1 and Bellatrix had arrived at Le Hachoir, we knew that we wanted to indulge in as much tartare as possible so we ordered their trio tartare. All of these tartares were impressively served with fries and salad, and they were not even main meals. The salmon and bison were our favourite because they were the most original. The beef was made in the traditional French beef tartare fashion but the bison had an amazing spicy southern kick to it that made even picky Bellatrix happy. The salmon was wonderful and refreshing and because Le Hachoir is known for grinding its own meat, we had high expectations concerning the quality and cut of their tartares. Nothing is worse than a chunky tartare, but Le Hachoir provided great cuts.
Bellatrix was craving a poutine but Diva #1 is not a huge fan of poutine, but she obliged and we ordered Le Hachoir’s poutine. Hands down this was one of the best poutines that has ever been made… yes WE are making that claim. Covered in duck confit, and let me note that Bellatrix hates duck but licked the plate clean, and wild mushrooms, this poutine was exceptional. The sauce was an au jus duck gravy that tasted more like a sauce that you would top an expensive cut of meat rather than a poutine. The cheese curds were plentiful, the sauce exquisite and the entire poutine wonderful. The Divas are not fans of poutine, usually the gravy is heavy and fairly unexceptional but this dish is worthy of a standing ovation. Diva #1 is dying to have Diva #2 try it ASAP.
After Diva #1’s great experience at Le Hachoir with Bellatrix, she happily dragged Diva #2 only a week later. That night we started off with the Tuna Robinson Tartare which was very light tasting and, once again, had a great texture. For a place that calls themselves Le Hachoir (the Grinder), they surely live up to their name. The tuna was not chopped but more ground and the ginger taste was there but not overpowering. Diva #2 is not a huge fan of ginger and she really enjoyed this dish especially when coupled with their delicious herbed oil. After trying such successful tartare dishes, we were eager to go to Grinder, a restaurant affiliated with Le Hachoir that serves tartares, tatakis, carpaccios, etc. The Divas love raw meat and seafood!
Mr. Old Fashioned ordered the Cœur de Romaine grillé with bacon, parmesan and croutons. It arrived in an impressive fashion; the romaine heart grilled and some more herbed oil at the bottom of the plate. Le Hachoir’s dishes are presented wonderfully and taste delicious, Diva#1 was very happy to have returned. Diva #1 was also in a wonderfully smug mood having beat her Sensei at a toboggan race and had eaten too much tire (maple taffy) courtesy of Diva #2’s endless supply of toonies. All in all, we were in a great mood enjoying a wonderful night.
Our Sensei ordered the popcorn shrimp that came with a delicious sriracha mayo and lime. This dish can also be ordered as a main meal but this seems like way too much fried popcorn shrimp. Served as an appetizer with the tuna tartare, this was a great mixing of flavours because they both were not heavy appetizers.
The Divas had been eyeing the foie gras sliders and though we were getting burgers as our main meal we could not resist. One of our favourite burgers is the foie gras burger at M:Brgr, though we were disappointed that Le Hachoir did not have a large foie gras burger, these little sliders did the trick. The onions gave the mini burgers a little kick and the homemade ketchup was really good. The little nuggets of pan seared foie gras were on toasted brioche rounds and we were soon licking our fingers and commenting on the delicious sliders.
When Diva #1 had come with Bellatrix, upon the waitress’ recommendation, we ordered the Petit Basque chorizo style pork burger. This was the burger that had Diva #1 whip out her phone and text Diva #2 to plan another visit to Le Hachoir. All Le Hachoir’s meats are grounded in-house and served on artisanal Viennois bread served with both fries and a salad. The Chorizo burger was by far our favourite burger and made the week’s before mediocre visit to Burger Bar Crescent a distant memory.
The hamburger arrived on a long cutting board with crispy fries that were not greasy. The chorizo burger contained roasted red peppers, aged cheddar, bacon, caramelized onions and an amazing mayonnaise / smoky paprika sauce. This was a slightly spicy burger that was very unique. The combination of flavours were unreal and each ingredient stood out. Even Mr. Old Fashioned ordered it after hearing Diva #1 rave about it.
Upon her first visit, Diva #1 had tried to convince Bellatrix to order the Le Panache burger. Bellatrix is ever so picky and because Diva #1 knew that she would never try a deer burger she told her that “cerf” was a sort of green. Bellatrix checked with the waitress and sadly we never ended up sharing this burger. When Diva #1 returned to Le Hachoir she knew she wanted to try the Le Panache, so the Divas ordered it and it arrived with cheddar, onion rings and a barbecue sauce. The deer was cooked well and not dry at all, the onion rings tasted good but were a bit too doughy. This was not a fancy burger, the ingredients other than the deer were very simple but that was wonderful because it did not mask the deer taste.
Our Sensei decided to try the El Camino which in the end was the least impressive of the three burgers. The pork was dryer than expected and not a pulled pork like consistency which would have made for a more interesting burger. The pork was spicy and the burger was stuffed with corn, guacamole, bacon, aged cheddar, pepper mayo and coleslaw. It sounded promising but it was not spectacular.
Other interesting burgers on the menu include the crab cake burger which would be refreshing in the summer and the bison burger. There is even a sliders trio menu that consists of three sliders made up of the classic burger, Le Panache and the El Camino.
When we were done eating, we looked over the dessert menu that had cheese plates, pecan crumble and some chocolate desserts. Happily, our Sensei ordered the Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate that Diva #1 had on her previous visit and couldn’t stop raving about.
The chocolate truffle is made of 70% chocolate and next to it is a chocolate crème brulée brownie topped with a marshmallow ice cream that had slices of marshmallow in between slices of delicious ice cream. It was a perfect chocolaty rich dessert that was very satisfying. It is rare to see such an original dessert that is so well made in a more relaxed dining setting. Perfection!
Diva #1 and Mr. Old Fashioned were craving caffeine and Le Hachoir’s chocolate cappuccino with 70% chocolate ganache, Chantilly cream and espresso granita seemed like the perfect option.
This was a very creative drink / dessert, the espresso granita was strong and bitter which was perfect with the sweet Chantilly cream. The old fashioned hot chocolate at the bottom was more like melted chocolate than drinkable chocolate. This made it difficult to drink with a straw but perfect for a spoon to mix with the rest of the ingredients. This was a great dessert for coffee and chocolate lovers alike.
In all, we had a great time at Le Hachoir enjoying wonderful original burgers, fun tartare appetizers and rich chocolate desserts. The Divas love bistro-like burger restaurants that offer more than the traditional burger but a more artisanal experience. Whereas M:Brgr stole our hearts with their foie gras burger, Le Hachoir really impressed us with their chorizo burger and their deer burger, both different meats combined with great ingredients. We look forward to going back in the summer and trying other original combinations.
Our Rating: Splendid
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