Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Refuel. Vancouver BC

Refuel, Dry Aged Beef Burger.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have my very first 10/10 burger. I never thought I’d give a perfect score but this burger was just that good. Was it a perfect burger? I don’t know. But it was really really good…..and different.

But a warning: This is not your standard, lettuce, tomato, onion and all the toppings piled high type of burger. This is a simple, beef, cheddar, bacon and bun burger that’s all about the flavour of the patty. Refuel grinds their own meat and they keep it somewhat courser then you would expect so the burger had this steak like texture. And, because the meat is ground in house, the patty can be cooked to a centre pink perfection. Gorgeous, the flavour is out of this world.

My first impression when the burger was placed in front of me was mild disappointment. The size of the burger is relatively small. But this is deceiving. Once again it’s all about the patty. The patty to bun ratio is about 50/50. The patty was a generous size but because of the optics of the bun it looked small. Have you ever had a burger where the bun is absolutely huge and the patty and everything else gets completely lost? This is absolutely not a problem here. Believe me, this burger is big enough. Unbelievably rich, it was almost difficult to finish…almost ;)

I highly recommend checking this place out. Last time I was here the restaurant was called Fuel and it was much more high end and pricy. Since then the economy got in the way and the restaurant was forced to rethink its brand and its menu. I’m glad they did because they managed to keep the flavour of the food and the specialty of what they offered and translate that into a more relaxed neighbourhood type of eatery. Refuel is right now, my favourite restaurant in Kits.

By the way, the fries were equally outstanding. They are fried in old fashioned beef tallow instead of the standard vegetable oil. The flavour is a throwback to what fries used to taste like before we got all concerned with cholesterol and clogged arteries and all that scary stuff. A time, come to think of it, when most people were not fat.

And just for a bit more indulgence check out the Piggy Puffs with Bbq spice.

1 comment:

  1. I finally got to go to Refuel and even though I knew you raved about their burger, I purposely stayed away from your blog so I could form my own opinion. Ordered my very first med-rare burger. The verdict?

    Anthony, I couldn't agree with what you wrote more. The burger was amazing! i too was thrown by the size, but found the amount was perfect, although I wished there was more just cause I didn't want the taste to end. I don't know if other med-rare burgers are like this. Part of me looks forward to the next med-rare burger I'll be able to order and part of me is worried that the "newness" of a burger like this is now gone and a burger is just not going to have this kinda impact anymore.

    Is this the best burger I've ever had? I'm having a difficult time with this. Reason being I can't think of this burger as being the same type of food as a "standard" burger, like say from Burger Heaven. I'll leave it at that I love both burgers for different reasons and would pick one over the other depending on my mood (or something).

    Anyway, thank you Anthony for playing a part in introducing me to a new favorite in my culinary world.