Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Is the humble hamburger the litmus test for food quality at that particular restaurant or pub? I mean, if you can't make a decent burger can you do anything else right?
I had a burger at Taylor’s Crossing a popular pub-restaurant in North Vancouver. Taylors is part of the Mark James group which owns and operates a number of well known pub-restaurants throughout Vancouver; the YaleTown Brewing Company, the Brewhouse Whistler, the Big Ridge in Surrey and the Flying Beaver in Richmond.
My burger at Taylor’s sucked. No question, less then a 3/10 and that's being kind.
I had the Jalapeño Lamb Beer-ger a 10 oz patty topped with feta and tzatziki. Sounds good, but the 10 oz patty was more like a flat lamb meatball, all kinds of filler, I couldn't even taste the lamb. The jalapenos overpowered everything. The bun was hard and crumbly. They either forgot the tzatziki or applied such a thin layer that it was totally unperceivable.
Now back to my original question. Does this hamburger scare me away from ever dining here or at any one of their other establishments in the future? Ya I think it does....sort of. I wouldn't go to Taylor’s for dinner but to be fair, I've read great things about the YaleTown Brewpubs chicken wings and I have had dinner at the Brewhouse in Whistler and it was OK. As great of an endorsement as OK is, I didn't actually have a burger, if memory serves I had the ribs, like I said OK. To be fair to the Mark James Group, I think I must do some more research, even if it means more crap burgers coming my way in the future. What I won't do for journalism. I'll let you know what develops but I’d definitely recommend staying away from the burgers at Taylor’s Crossing.
In case you are wondering why I gave this brutal burger a 3/10? They make really good beer.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
In the comments section I see Jim Romer finally got back to Debbra about the source of their meats. She still seams a bit cranky though. To be fair, I would have been cranky myself, I like when restaurants can back up their claims. When I went in today and asked about the meat, just out of curiosity ;) I was given a glossy marketing piece from Heritage Farms Angus Beef. I’m always a bit sceptical by glossy marketing pieces but if you believe even a fraction of the stuff in the brochure, Heritage Farms is definitely a company to support.
By the way I can definitely vouch for Coiffi's on Hastings in North Burnaby. That’s my hood and I’m in that shop or shops, don’t get me started about their two locations two doors apart, at least once a week. The quality of their meats is extraordinary .
So Heritage Farms does exist and I have to tell you their beef tasted great. I had the RIGHTEOUS RIB BURGER
All-natural beef, thick-sliced applewood bacon, braised short ribs, sweet onions, Gorgonzola garlic sauce, fresh thyme leaves
A solid 9/10. From the beef end, the flavour of the patty was tremendous and a fantastic burger all the way around. I look forward to tasting all their other burger creations. So, why not a 10/10? Even though the whole burger came together well and the flavours were wonderful there were a few nit picky things that could have improved the burger.
The beef together with the bacon, short ribs and onions come together in a savoury choir but either the gorgonzola was tasteless or too subtle. I didn’t even taste it. I didn’t even know it was there. But then, I suppose, all the other ingredients made up for lack of sauce.
The bun, beautiful brioche, tasted great, held up to the burger well but it was too big. Either make the patty bigger or decrease the size of the bun. Just up the street at Refuel is an excellent example of the burger with the perfect meat to bun ratio and a 10/10 burger to boot.