Yum: review of Big Fernand - burgers and chips

Yum: review of Big Fernand - burgers and chips

Burger joints are popping up left right and centre just now in Hong Kong, but there's something special about this place

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Burger with a generous heap of fries
Burger with a generous heap of fries
Photo: Lucy Christie/ SCMP

Big Fernand

Shop 2017
Podium Level 2
IFC
Tel: 6650 0580

Grub: Burgers and chips, and nothing else.

Vibe: It's pretty casual, with wooden benches and a relaxed bar-style window frame with stools spilling into the mall. This tiny restaurant doesn't have that many tables, but what it lacks in space it makes up for in personality. 

The open kitchen creates a really personal dining experience, and the staff all sing, dance and generally look they love their jobs as they bust a move to Michael Jackson and other feel-good anthems while cooking your food to order.

What's hot: Burger joints are popping up left right and centre just now in Hong Kong, but when you order and pay at the counter, this place gives you a free fake moustache! 

After ordering your burger just how you like it (and bearing in mind that, as it's a French place, if you want medium, order medium well), the food comes on a tray and looks pretty simple; a sesame seed bun wrapped in paper, a can or bottle of juice and fries served in a cardboard cone. Admittedly, it doesn't look very impressive. There aren't any fillings bursting out of the sides of the burger, and no sauces oozing out either. 

But this actually turned out to be an advantage; the burger was easy to eat, well balanced and absolutely delicious. The fries had a crispy Cajun seasoning and nicely complemented the hearty burger.

What's not: It can get pretty crowded, especially at lunch time; and because it's so small, it feels even busier. Although you can get take away, the atmosphere is half the fun, so eat in if you can bear it.

Cost: Burgers cost HK$120-HK$135. Add HK$40 for the little combo (the burger with fries and a drink) or add HK$70 for the big combo (the little combo, plus a dessert).

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