Today I had a lunch date with one of my long time friends (we go back to elementary school). Per usual, we have to schedule these all too infrequent occasions, as life just doesn’t allow us to connect as often as we’d like. She generally lets me pick the place for our dining adventures, as I always have somewhere new I’d like to check out. Today’s destination – Romer’s Burger Bar on West 4th in Vancouver.
Romer’s Burger Bar has been on my “must try” radar ever since I spotted it on one of my many bus rides out to UBC. I looked them up online, and liked what I saw – a menu full of delicious burgers, utilizing locally sourced, free-range or naturally raised meats and wild salmon, plus a variety of sides and a drink list to match.
We arrived shortly before 1 pm, and were greeted with a modern and inviting interior.
A decent amount of tv’s graced the walls, making this a prime location to enjoy a burger and a Canucks hockey game. I was a big fan of the red, black, white, grey, and wood decor.
I only wished I’d taken my camera with me downstairs to the washrooms – they were pretty nice, but were also next to the private dining room, which looked like a great place to host a small party.
While we weighed our lunch choices, we each enjoyed a beverage.
My friend had a Fentiman’s Curiousity Cola, which she said was subtly sweet, and had an interesting but pleasant aftertaste.
Being on holidays from classes and having a rare day off work, I enjoyed the Basil Limoncello Lemonade – fresh basil, lemons, vodka, and soda. Refreshing with a hint of basil.
A pot of spicy kosher dills kept us tided over until the main event arrived. They were crispy, dill-iscious, with a delayed heat that wasn’t too overpowering.
Finally, it was time for the burgers. Fork and knife optional.
My friend ordered one of the two options on the menu that she would eat (as she is a pescatarian).
Wild Salmon Burger – Tuscan greens, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, lemon vinaigrette, and garlic dill sauce. Served on a toasted brioche bun (as are all of Romer’s burgers). Check out that hunk of salmon!
Keeping with Christmas week, I couldn’t pass up the featured burger of the month.
I ordered the Holiday Burger.
Turkey burger with cranberry sauce, sage stuffing, and arugula with a side of turkey gravy.
Warming up for the main event on Saturday!
And because you can’t have a burger without a side of fries, we ordered a basket to share. Not just any ol’ fries though…
The truffle oil and reggiano fries. Oh yes we did.
I can’t comment on my friend’s burger, as I didn’t taste it, but she definitely enjoyed it, and her first foray into the truffle oil fries. She also commented that the bun was toasted “to perfection”.
As for my holiday turkey burger, it was also a success. Packed full of flavour, and not nearly as hard or messy to eat as I thought it might be given the size – that stuffing squished down. As I’m not generally a cranberry sauce and turkey eater, I could have taken or left the sauce on my burger, but it worked in the whole package. My only complaint would be in regards to the gravy – when it arrived at the table it had formed a little skin on top. Nothing you couldn’t fix by giving it a good stir, but a sign it had sat around a wee bit before being served.
The truffle oil fries were as addictive as our server had said, better than some others I’ve had before. The portion is huge though – even sharing it with my friend, we weren’t able to finish it and our burgers. You don’t know how sad I was to leave behind some of those delicious truffle fries.
Overall, I was impressed with Romer’s Burger Bar. I think they have a great menu with a number of burgers I hope to eventually try out (the So-Cal Turkey and Maple Bacon Pork topping my list). They serve up a quality burger and great fries in a great environment. My only gripe would be the fact that they have no veggie burger on their menu. I find that odd for a burger place to not have a burger option for vegetarians, especially in Vancouver. Even I like to order a veggie burger on occasion, and think it’s a pretty big oversight on their menu (they do offer a Veggie Portobello Stack, but the mushrooms replace the bun – not a substitute as far as I’m concerned). Perhaps they are still perfecting their own recipe, I don’t know, but they should get on it!
Romer’s Burger Bar – thumbs up for a great restaurant and great burgers…just don’t take your veggie friends there.