Escargot burger anyone?

March 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Cheesburger, turkey burger, salmon burger, veggie burger, mushroom burger… Burgers of all sorts can be found within the numerous Financial District restaurants.

But escargot burger, really? Oui, oui, oui.

Intriguing, isn’t it?

Well, some friends and I ventured to Restaurant Ducroix, intrigued by the mention of escargot burger mentioned during our last visit to the restaurant last week.

So the idea behind the escargot burger came just like that, when a friend mentioned it to him, Remi Ducroix, the chef said.  The beef patty is cooked with minced escargots – or snails – in escargot butter, that is garlic, parsley, a pinch of salt, and – of course – butter. The key to this dish is really the garlic and parsley combination, as the snails don’t have much taste on their own, he explained.

But still, the result is quite tasty. The escargot burger is served on a toasted baguette, with melted cheese onto the patty and served along side the usual burger topping, salad leaf, tomato and some aioli. As we say in French, miam miam! And to go with the burger, we added a glass of Sancerre, a delicious dry French white wine.

The year-and-a-half-old restaurant, located on Sacramento Street between Montgomery and Kearny Streets is the Ducroix’s brothers’s family enterprise. Etienne and Remi, originally from Burgundy, were born into the restaurant business: their parents had an hotel-restaurant.

They are typically tending their dish in the open kitchen, putting attention into the meal they prepare, while a friendly French waitress attentively care for the patrons.

Restaurant Ducroix aims at bringing authentic French Cuisine to the table, but beyond that it brings in a bit of “Frenchness”to the Financial District, really making a visit to their restaurant a tasty treat for a reasonable price.

Bon appetit!


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