Restaurant: Burgal, junk food with vegan sauce


The kiosk taken by Burgal, in Paris. PIERRE LUCET PENATO The panorama is blurry, this day after a party a little too drunk. Getting up from the sofa, dressing in soft fabrics not too close to the body, ending up in a cinema chair would be the only possible actions. They could be topped with a CBO (Chicken Bacon Onion) bought clandestinely from McDonald’s. Today, this type of driving is difficult to undertake in broad daylight. Fortunately, Alain Ducasse always thinks of everything and everyone. Since April, he has invested in an old kiosk to set up a well-known fast food restaurant: Burgal, a contraction of the words “burger” and “vegetable”. In a deliberately pop tone, this new brand takes a vegan approach to junk food to, among other things, help “the planet that’s not doing very well at the moment,” according to the press release. In the Place de la Bastille, next to the rue de la Roquette, there would therefore be a revolution underway. Five young women are pecking on the pavement in front of a pink and green menu that advertises: hamburger + fries + drink = €12.50. The only choice to make is the sauce: with herbs, vegetables or spicy. The smile of the gentleman behind the counter as well as his explanations dispel all doubts. The freshness of the herbs would do the most good to still foggy minds. Sparkling black tea like Coca-Cola A young woman with an integration contract – the project also aims to be social – turns her back on her audience. She is active on the plates, implementing the Ducassian vision of the modern hamburger. It comes wrapped in a closed white paper with a white and green label indicating the ingredients. The thought of reading those four lines or flashing the QR code “Come, we’ll tell you everything here” reignites the headache. Then the paper is unceremoniously torn and the sandwich is eagerly crunched. Also read: “Veganuary”: for or against a month with vegan sauce? The bread, made without eggs or dairy, is airy, soft and sweet. Prepare the palate for the tenderness of the vegetable steak, pleasantly foamy. Neither the carrot, nor the parsnip, nor the lentils, nor the courgette, nor the quinoa affirm the taste. But together, they create an irresistible texture, perfect for broken faces. The pickles and aubergine caviar, supposedly to enhance the whole, are a little too discreet. On the other hand, the herb sauce (coriander, parsley), whipped up with a soy cream, takes its place expressing, without deviating, its spicy character. Burgal vegan burger with herb sauce. PIERRE LUCET PENATO From the second bite, the body and the heart have understood: this burger will do the job, like all its meat cousins. Protein intake provides the boost needed to revitalize dormant cells. The chickpea chips, unfortunately not homemade, will provide the quota of fat and salt. Also read Michelin Guide 2021: a vegan restaurant with a star, for the first time in France Like Coca-Cola, the sparkling organic black tea releases a sufficient dose of theine. The only downside: For the subtle end-of-meal sugar, you might as well avoid the industrial chocolate mousse on the menu and hope the Ducasse chocolate factory concocts a recipe that lives up to Burgal’s commitments. We’ll come full circle and vegans, like everyone else, will have their hangover cure. Burgal address, kiosk located in front of 12, place de la Bastille, Paris 11. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Takeaway only. The essential dish The herb sauce. The detail that is not a The vegetable steak recipe changes according to the season. Menu bill at €12.50. Marie-Aline
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