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May 19, 2009 03:01 PM

Jetsun's Juicy Burger

Tried this place on May 18th, it was good (not great). Place has been open one year. The staff were constantly cleaning (not busy), but they are vague and not very well informed (1. how big is the burger? - I think about 6 ounces, 2. are there any fillers in the burger? - I don't think so, 3. Your picture frame says celebrating annivesary, prizes all month, what is the prize? oh, it's just our anniversary, 4. are your milkshakes made with 2%, 3% milk or what kind of milk? don't know).

You can order 1 item from each category of the red/yellow/blue menu and get a dollar off.

Burgers do taste like they have some fillers to them, but also has a nice charbroiled taste. My sensitive tastebuds do tell me there must be some msg in the burgers. The fries were quite good, burger was juicy, but I really think there is something else other than 100% lean ground beef. The shakes are not worth the money in my opinion (very frothy with little ice-cream); a real disappointment since they advertise using Kawartha ice-cream.

They also have veggie burgers which are cooked on a separte grill. I also know they can cook burges to your liking, as I heard the couple before us order theirs medium.

We had the juicy burger (4.49), cadillac burger (6.69), fries (2.49), onion rings (2.69), 2 drinks (1.89 each) and the milkshake (3.49). Not cheap either.

We "may" go back.

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  1. I ate here once and that was enough for me. The shake guy was pre-portioning milkshakes by scooping ice cream into cups and placing them in the freezer (does it really take that long to scoop ice cream and make a shake to order, even during a rush?)

    My burger patty was par cooked and was retrieved from a warming tray full of liquid on the grill and finished over the flame upon order. I had the Cadillac burger which contained a thin slice of cheddar and bacon sliced so thinly you could read the paper through it. The bun was crusty, hard and dried out.

    They've also tried to ram as much seating into the place as possible making it a tight squeeze to eat comfortably.

    A shot of the interior of my dining companion's burger:

    Oh yeah, even though the burgers were par-cooked they still broke into them to make sure they were cooked through. It's a HUGE peeve of mine, don't squeeze the burger patty and don't tear into it to see if it's done. You let out any remaining juice which may have been seared into the patty....

    My impression was a huge 'meh'.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Dr Butcher

      Wow, sorry to hear of your experience, how awful!! Yes, I forgot to mention that they still pre-portion the ice-cream for the shakes! It was such a disappointing shake as well, the picture on the menu is very misleading!! I think I'll stick to my home-made shakes!!

      There was only one other couple in the place when we went, so no problems with our order, just the shake.

      Nice pictures btw, it's nice to see others that take pictures as well, even though I still get the "look" when I whip out my camera, and my hubby turns all red! I feel like yelling, "I'm NOT a tourist, I just love taking pictures of food!"

      1. re: red dragon

        Unfortunately that's my brothers camera, I work with a Canon point and shoot (or my cell phone). Mine are a little more inconspicuous but the quality of photo is definitely lacking....

        On the whole, I must say that Jetsun is trying. The vegetables for the toppings were neat and fresh, I liked that they used Kawartha Dairy (I have a cottage near Bobcageon so it's been a staple of mine for years) and making shakes traditionally were pluses.

        Unfortunately the shake I had didn't contain enough ice cream and was runny, the fry cook overcrowded the fryer and the fries were greasy, the par cooked burger was the icing on the cake. When you can't get any one of your specialties correct, I can't forgive you.

        1. re: Dr Butcher

          Shakes are a bit of a personal preference thing. I hate shakes that are basically soft ice cream in a cup. I like my milk shakes to be "milk" with some ice cream and syrup so "runny" sounds like it would work for me.

    2. Has anyone been to this place recently? There's a new location opening just north of North York Centre.

      2 Replies
      1. re: mikeb

        Don't bother. This place is a blatant Lick's clone/wannabe. The menu is a direct copy of Licks.

        1. re: mikeb

          I went last summer. My review was simply "Like Lick's but not as good."

          I was the first customer of the day and they already had about a dozen or so par cooked burgers.

          They asked me a trivia question and I won a free lunch. I never bothered. That should tell you something.


        2. yeah everyone I knew who had the burgers said they were bad... just not worth it.

          However, I donot eat red meat so I have the veggie burger and I like it so if your looking for a vegi burger not that bad but better choices out there...

          1. I just came from the one on Eglinton. We each had a single burger, Pepsi and split an order of Onion Rings. Both Burgers were cooked different. I think the burger I got was already cooked and had been sitting and was very dry. The other burger was under cooked. Tomatoes were green, Lettuce had been sitting out because it had brown spots. Pickles had a funny taste and well the onion rings we didn't even finish. We will Not go back. O ya, At least the Pepsi was great.

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            1. re: Sledjunky65

              I had this place once. It's not bad. Put it this way, I'd rather see a bunch more of these around the city than Wendy's or McDonalds, Burger King...ect

            2. SO many better places for burgers.
              Jetsun's - JUST SAY NO!