Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >
Oct 21, 2009 07:25 PM

burger bar, kensington market

Did anyone use their free burger coupon?

I got mine today but it expires tomorrow so I doubt I'll make it. Supposedly some emails got stuck in their spam filter so those ppl only get one day left...

Wondering if it's worthwhile.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Funny, I didnt get a burger coupon but I went yesterday for lunch.
    I have been a big fan of Brock Shepperd (sp?) since his days at Azul so I was eager to check out his latest concept.
    I had a salmon burger with a tomatillo avocado salsa.
    I would have loved the bun to be toasty and the salmon portion to be a tad bit bigger.
    However the overall impression due to the delicious salsa was great.

    6 Replies
    1. re: domesticgodess

      thanks for the info!

      last week there was a post in some burger thread mentioning if you emailed them they'd send a coupon...

      1. re: chocabot

        I got one of those emails from them earlier tonight and was pretty surprised. To email potential customers and tell them they've got less than 24 hours to redeem the coupon is pretty iffy customer service considering the customer had nothing to do with the reason why the incoming email wasn't discovered until late. My response in their shoes would have been to extend the deadline a bit just for the people whose emails went undiscovered. Based on what appears to be a customer-second attitude I'll be avoiding them.

          1. re: Boodah

            When I went there with the wife, the burgers (ordered one natural and one organic burger) were cooked medium, but there wasn't much taste to them. Burgers cost $8-$13 or so. Sides (fries, onion rings, etc.) are extra.

            I'm not sure I'd be willing to spend $13 on the Wagyu burger if there's no taste to the burger.

            No mainstream commercial pop available - just expensive bottled stuff ($4) - Boylon (?sp)

            Sweet potato fries were good, but there were a lot of skinny little bits.
            Panko-encrusted onion rings were also good.
            Service was good and attentive.

            Only three other groups were there - maybe 20% full.

            If everyone who emailed them received one of these free coupons that will expire today, then they may be pretty busy today.

            At least Caplansky's is only a block away...

            Burger Bar
            37 Kingston St, Goderich, ON N7A3K2, CA

            1. re: Boodah

              I replied to the e-mail I got with the short-expiry coupon and asked if I could get an extension. The sent me back a new coupon that expires on Wednesday (Oct. 28). I think I will be able to get down there sometime over the weekend.

        1. I got my free burger coupon yesterday. Of course, it expires today. I doubt I'm gonna use it. I'm not exactly a fan of "Gourmet" burgers anyway. I'm more of a diner type burger guy.


          1. I would say it isn't worth the regular price but worth trying for free. I will not be going back for a $8 burger.

            I had the burger in the coupon and while the meat itself was tasty (I did taste some flavour in the meat itself) the bread/bun was nothing special (MCDs has some better bread!).

            I ended up ordering takeout because I was in a bit of a hurry. It took a good 15+ minutes to prepare my burger and sweet potato fries which seemed long for a takeout order when I was waiting at the bar. There were three waitresses there but it appeared one was going off shift. Listening to them talk it sure seemed that they were confused about a lot of things (how to enter things into the computer, etc). They were slow to move too, like, there was food out on the pass and the one girl kept on entering stuff into the computer vs. getting the hot food out to customers. (restaurant was not all that busy).

            I realized after that they didn't give me a little container of the sauce that was suppose to come with the sweet potato fries either.

            As for the appearance of the restaurant itself, I found the lighting to be very dark considering it isn't exactly a "romantic restaurant". The decor as a whole was pretty plain. The most interesting part was the bar itself made from a slice of a tree.

            Overall, there are definitely better options in Kensington for a dinner or lunch. I am not sure how it compares to the other burger options in the market but I know I won't be returning.

            Overall, I

            1. i went last night with a friend and had a decent meal. started with the cheeseburger spring rolls, which were tasty, but as greasy as expected. also tried the saag poutine, which wasn't very good, the saag was a bit runny and washed out the taste of the fries and cheese.

              then we had the a regular (ie non-wagyu/kobe/organic) with gruyere and mushrooms and a side of rings. it was very juicy and beefy flavored. i prefer a medium rare burger, as many do, and even if they didn't ask how i'd like it prepared, the result was quite good. had some onion rings as well, which were a little bland, but a had a very nice crunch.

              service was very friendly and nice. we sat down to relax and have a chat, and i think that the waitress caught onto that and let us do our thing.

              all in all, it was a bit expensive for a burger meal, especially for a non-medium-rare burger. i'd go back, as least once for the sole reason that the place has only been open for a couple of weeks and they're probably still working out a kink or two. overall, not my favorite burger in town, but probably the best one in my books in kensington (even if it's a couple bucks more).

              3 Replies
              1. re: toothpicvic

                Can you describe the cheeseburger spring rolls? I'm trying to decide if that sounds amazing or repulsive.

                1. re: jamesm

                  well, i enjoyed them, but if you're squeemish about things on you might not like it. it's basically ground beef and cheese in a spring roll wrapper deep fried served with ketchup and mustard.

                  sorry i missed your reply earlier, btw.

                  1. re: toothpicvic

                    No problem. Thanks for the response. That's pretty much what I expected and I'm still deciding. I'm not too squeamish about indulging but I have been a victim of "OH man that sounds good, I have to try it" followed by "What the hell have I done!?"

              2. Had lunch today. In a word, I liked it. The burger was quite good and the sweet tater fries were quite tasty.

                The good; the burger (regular) was medium well, juicy and tasted good. The sweet tater fries were nicely seasoned and also tasty. The cane sugar cola was nice. It was milder and less carbonated than coke.

                The bad; the lighting in the place is terrible. Prett dim to the point that I didn't bother trying to take a picture. For $8 the burger should be awesome, not good. $4 for the fries is too much. The chipotle ketchup was bland. It certainly needed salt. The fries were better without it. For getting my burger free, they still dinged me nearly $12. It's expensive.

                I can't see me going back. Too expensive for not good enough.


                9 Replies
                  1. re: Davwud

                    I went today to use my free burger coupon. I added an egg and peameal bacon to the burger (trying to replicate one of the Red Robin burgers).

                    The burger was cooked well done this time. Kinda disappointing. But there seemed to be more flavour this time - though that might have come from the sauce on the underside of the burger patty or the egg and peameal bacon on top.

                    The beverages menu listed the pop as $3.25 but the bill showed $4.
                    The fries were skinny. I prefer steak fries (second would be curly fries). Otherwise the fries were good (but expensive @ $4). Not sure why places have gone to fries with the skin left on.

                    Other than Allen's and maybe Bamburger, I can't think of a place that has a decent thick burger (as opposed to the thin things that you get at McDs, BK, Wendys, or Harvey and their lookalikes like GoldenStar, Burger Shack) for less than $12.

                    That's the dividing line I see these days - approx. $12 for a good thick juicy burger. If there's a place that has it for less, lemme know. :)

                    It is dark in the restaurant and they could use some cushioning on the back of the bench of the right side of the restaurant. Table decor consists of old-school Italian restaurant table (red-white checkerboard tablecloth) with a sheet of newspaper on top.

                    It seems the restaurant avoids any mainstream commercial restaurant food.

                    It's like an alternative version of Bamburger.

                    1. re: mstestzzz001

                      This may sound like crazy talk, but the burgers served at South St. Burger Co. (the hamburger side of New York Fries) are really great. They're 1/3 pound, never frozen and they've got a huge selection of topping choices. They even have whole wheat buns if you'd prefer that. We routinely eat at the one on Islington a few blocks north of The Queensway and there's one particular guy who works there who is some kind of hamburger genius, he cooks them perfectly every single time (hot all the way through yet still juicy). Price for a cheeseburger there is in the $6-$7 range.


                      1. re: Boodah

                        I agree! That is where I go to get my burger fix. The burgers are so good.

                        1. re: Boodah

                          I looked on the web and there's one near Young & Eligible - in the death trap for restaurants in the area - NE corner at the first light north of Eglinton.

                          I went and got the Burger Combo. Like Burger Bar, burger came medium, but not as juicy, more flavour though - decent set of toppings included (similar to Groucho's, more than Harvey's offerings).

                          As South St. is affiliated with NY Fries, the fries look/taste the same as NY Fries. I had a Mtn Dew. Next time I'll try a milkshake.

                          Total was just under $10. I'd go back.

                          That makes third decent burger option in the area:
                          Burger Shack, South St. burger, and Bam Burger (in order from low to high)

                          you can always grab something from A&W, BK, or McDs if you feel like it.

                          Harvey's and Lick's left the area though.

                        2. re: mstestzzz001

                          "Other than Allen's and maybe Bamburger, I can't think of a place that has a decent thick burger (as opposed to the thin things that you get at McDs, BK, Wendys, or Harvey and their lookalikes like GoldenStar, Burger Shack) for less than $12."

                          try zet's homemade burger. I like it, its thicker than the ones you list however I don't think its as thick as Allen's (which I liked but thought it was too thick). I think zet's is just right.

                          edit:looking at the pic posted, it looks just as thick as Zet's...but the pic is kind of small and I'm not sure.

                        3. re: Davwud

                          Oi... I certainly can't judge taste based on a photo, but for the price people say this place is charging, you'd expect something a little more appetizing on the presentation front.

                          1. re: vorpal

                            It was for take out. That's not necessarily how they do it at the restaurant. Maybe someone can confirm.


                            1. re: Davwud

                              They use regular plates for those who dine-in - if that's what vorpal was complaining about presentation-wise.