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Burgers are big right now in Hong Kong – and quite literally so at Big Fernand, a Parisian import that has set up shop in IFC. It’s a quirky and slightly camp brand, with moustachioed staff and bright colours, and a straightforward manifesto: high quality beef burgers with a French twist. There are five signature burgers on the menu and an option to construct your own, but we opt for the Le Victor, a veal version with Fourme d’Ambert, confit onions, coriander and a slightly sweet ‘sauce tonton’. When it comes all wrapped up in wax paper, we’re daunted by the size – it’s a healthy two-hander, for sure – but we quickly realise that it’s mostly bun, so much that the patty is not even visible in between (note: our burgers looked nothing like the ones in the press kit). It’s a shame because the meat itself has a good texture and smoky flavour from the grill, which also makes up for its thinness. The first few bites also don’t reveal much of the promised blue cheese. The fries are spry and thin, as is the French way, and seasoned with a ‘secret’ blend of spices – but despite the waxing lyrical about the fancy potatoes that are shipped overseas daily from France to make these ‘Fernandines’, the other option besides ketchup is Hellman’s mayonnaise in satchets. Altogether it’s a rather pricey burger meal in a self-service restaurant, with burgers priced at HK$130 upwards.