I ended up checking this out on Wednesday. Formal review follows.
I went to the Steeles/Main location, after buying a new Presto card to replace my original one I couldn't find anywhere. I'm also aware of the Living Arts location, and I feel like I've seen them elsewhere as well, which is enough for me to establish it as a small chain entry to the Greater Toronto Area. I was honestly somewhat reluctant to bother, but seeing the LED display outside prominently flaunt the burger-to-be coaxed me into saying "fuck it" and heading in.
The interior has a dark, modern-like theme going on, not far removed from the aesthetic McDonalds has been heading in recently. Burgers are definitely the main focus of this establishment, with several different compositions boldly plastered across the majority of their menu. You can opt to dress your own burger, but I was a man on a mission. I ordered the Bacon Poutine Burger with onion rings; I'm normally a fry guy, but given the slop I was about to eat, having a side of fries to go with my fries felt rather redundant. With a fountain drink, the total came up around the $13 mark, definitely up there in price. I was given my drink cup, a pager, and time to reflect on my life as I was left to wait for what felt like an eternity.
Seriously, while it felt reassuring that they were probably legitimately preparing my burger, the wait far exceeded the typical turnaround at a place like Five Guys or the disgusting abomination that is Hero Certified Burgers. Only one person had ordered before me, and the establishment had maybe 7 customers in total inside it. I ended up trying to pass the time by trying different flavours on their Coca Cola Freestyle soda fountain, but unfortunately they were out of a lot of the syrups, even including the fast food staples Coca Cola and Barq's Root Beer. Seems pretty brutal to have a Coca Cola fountain run out of its namesake. I was eventually able to cajole a vanilla Canada Dry mix out of it, which was quite pleasant. Interesting to note is that the restaurant is LLBO licenced and served a variety of bottled beers, if the idea of a burger and brew appeals to you. I was parked at the Gateway Terminal so I didn't bother to look into it.
Much, much later, my pager finally went off and I went to collect my spoils.
Your meal is presented on a circular metal tray, a trend I've seen at a few other craft burger places. I eagerly unwrapped the headliner and surveyed what I was in for.
Well, it looked like a pretty legitimate poutine. The actual cheese curds were aplenty and spilling out from all sides, while a stack of fries, double the height of the patty, rested on a fairly generous bed of bacon. The patty itself looked pretty charred on the outside. I gave it a go...
First and foremost, this thing is a sodium bomb. Between the cheese curds, fries, fairly authentic tasting poutine gravy, and the burger itself, it was definitely overwhelming and required substantial fluids to compliment it, something their sofa fountain was not up to that day. Individually though, the ingredients held up pretty well for the most part. The cheese curds had the satisfying squeaky rubbery texture essential to a proper Quebecois poutine. The fries were quite good, with a nice crisp despite being soaked; they would certainly make a good side with a different burger. The patty itself had a pretty dense pack and would have leaned towards the dry side, but this was masked by the gravy. It to me resembles a typical frozen frozen patty but lacked the telltale rubbery texture of one, which was interesting enough. The bun flattened pretty quickly but managed to hold the whole thing together well enough considering the contents. It absorbed the gravy enough to give a pleasant, doughy taste which complemented the burger well without completely saturating itself. The onion rings were satisfactory, with a good crunch but lacking a bit in flavour. The actual onion inside is rather sparse.
Overall, I probably wouldn't order it again, but if I were in the area, I may try something else.
Post by Cobra King Mohamdu on Oct 16, 2015 9:12:01 GMT -5
that's the same spot i used to eat burgers at when i lived there. basically they make you wait a long ass time lol. and that's for biting the bullet and actually eating the damn thing, i never actually got around to it out of disgust. but yeah, a lot of the other burgers are pretty alright. i think five guys is still the king of overpriced burgers though, it's nice these places just let you drink beer instead of coke
this picture has like a perfectly even race/gender distribution. employment at union burger ad worthy. also lol you can see the score of the game on the tv, were people really happy in the restaurant when the jays starting scoring? lol