Last Sunday GC and I tried to go to Pizzeria Libretto for lunch but unfortunately, on Sundays, they do not open until 4 pm. Apparently, people do not want to eat pizza before 4 – I didn’t realize it was strictly an evening food.
Since we were feeling dejected and lazy we looked around the Ossington and Dundas area for an alternative and we discovered BQM Bugershopped Quality Meats. A general note on this neighbourhood – there is a plethora of restaurants on this stretch, starting at Ossington and Dundas and going down a couple of blocks. Restaurants featured on this stretch that I want to try include (but aren’t limited to): Salt, Pizzeria Libretto, Fishbar, Yours Truly, Foxley and so many more. I suffer from something I feel like most Torontonians suffer from – I am mentally restricted and confined to the subway line. This is something I need to break free from, especially since I have access to a car.
I love the interior of this restaurant – the pendant lighting, the art and books on the shelves, the mixture of bench seating and tables. The only reason the restaurant was empty on Sunday at lunch time was because the day was beautiful and everyone was on the patio. The patio was on the side street, off of Ossington and was a great spot to enjoy some beers and burgers on a beautiful March afternoon.
Things I should have read before I ordered. I think next time I will get the brisket burger. The brisket is the cheapest burger meat you can order on their menu so I naturally assumed it was lesser quality. Sirloin is leaner which appeals to most people but I think the marbling of the brisket burger would add delicious, fatty flavour.
The menu explains everything about the meat – where the cattle is raised, where on the cow the cuts of meat come from and the sustainability of the ingredients. The quality of the base ingredients for each burger is emphasized and this comes through in the complete assembly of the burger. Each ingredient compliments the others and creates a perfect burger from top to bottom.
I ordered the Sirloin Hawaiian Burger grilled to Medium-Rare.
Bacon, smoked white cheddar, pineapple and chipotle aioli. The bacon was crispy but not burnt or charred. The smokiness of the cheddar complimented the smokiness of the burger. The pineapple was perfectly grilled and the grilling brought out the sweetness of the pineapple which worked with the smoky flavours from the cheddar, the bacon and the burger. The chipotle aioli added a little, but the right amount of heat to the burger.
I would get the burger done Medium next time – Medium-Rare is perfect for a steak but a bit too bloody for a burger. My burger bun got a bit soggy but everything was still delicious.
The sweet potato fries were hand cut from real sweet potatoes and were crispy on the outside but soft and moist on the inside. All washed down with a pint of Creemore – a perfect alternative to a barbecue in your own backyard..
GC ordered the Sirloin Riverside Burger grilled to Medium-Rare.
Bacon, mozzarella, BQM BBQ sauce, onion ring and garlic aioli. This burger had the perfect amount of crunch to it. And again, I think a more grilled through burger would have complimented that crunch that much better.
I loved everything about this place. The location, the interior, the general message of the company and of course, the burgers. I think I found my new favourite Toronto burger place.