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Jan 11, 2011 03:21 PM

M:Brgr: 'crazy expensive' toppings on menu interesting, anyone been to Montreal location?

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  1. As a Toronto native living in Montreal, I actually like M:Brgr in this city. I never found the prices "crazy expensive"--the most expensive item on the menu is the kobe beef burger, and I don't think my burger and side of fries cost anything more than $12 with 1-2 toppings. I haven't been there in about a month so I can't recall the prices, but I find the food decent quality, including the fries (which come with a variety of dips). The toppings are a bit on the scant side though, and the restaurant is more like an nice bar than a burger joint. I also like the fact that the restaurant donates a portion of their sales to charity. Would be interesting to see how the Toronto location fares.

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    1. re: looosia

      It'll be very interesting to see how the Toronto location fares, considering the Toronto location of Moishe's bombed miserably a few years back. (Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't M:Brgr owned by the Lighters of Moishe's?)

    2. I wonder why there are no prices on the menu.

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      1. re: foodyDudey

        It's the $100 burger that's generating the hype. It'll be in the Star any day now.

      2. I've eaten at m:Brgr twice in Montreal. Both times enjoyed the meal, though it was a somewhat loud restaurant and not great for discussion.

        Across the two meals, I think we had the pulled pork burger, pulled chicken sandwich, a regular burger and the truffled potato chip mac & cheese. Also had an ice cream float. The only negative thing I'd say about the food was that the mac and cheese was too filling and rich. I think there were also some very nice fries (likely the sweet potato).

        1. My coworker and I went to the Toronto M:Brgr yesterday. Considering that Grindhouse is almost next door and Craft is just down the street, the location doesn't really make sense to me. I quite like Craft's cheeseburgers, so I ordered a AAA burger with smoked gouda to compare but I definitely prefer Craft. The M:Brger just seemed kind of boring. My coworker ordered the veggie burger and we split an order of sweet potato fries - came to slightly under $20 per person. My coworker was at Grindhouse today and noted that she actually preferred M:Brgr's veggie burger b/c she wasn't keen on the amount of cumin that Grindhouse used.

          Loosia's comments on the Montreal location apply pretty well to the Toronto location. Considering half the menu listed drinks, we definitely felt it had more of a bar vibe. But the way the space is laid out, I couldn't see myself hanging out there for drinks, I felt a bit like I was in a cafeteria.

          I wonder how long they'll last. It just seems like a weird location - there's better options for bars, burgers, or both within a minute or two.

          1. No so excited about a new burger place in the city. However they have brought the Michegan Hot Dog with them and looking forward to checking it out. It's been a post bar staple of mine when in Montreal for years. Usually get it at Dunn's. Never seen it served in Toronto, and it's not on the menu at the Dunn's location here either.

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            1. re: abigllama

              Went to m:brgr for lunch last week on King Street. I was on my way to Craft Burger, which is always great, but thought I would try this Montreal based sensation for a change.

              The location is great and there are tons of tables, which is a nice switch from the line-ups at many of the other eat out (or get really lucky with a tiny table) places. The place smelled like fresh paint, which was good and bad - looked great, smelt awful!

              The menu is pretty substantial - much more than the typical burger spot. But how could I possibly go and not try the burger? I quickly ordered the nature burger with cheddar cheese and the horseradish mayo (which was ridiculously expensive at 4.00 for a squirt of mayo). The burger was done medium to medium well - I was not given a choice, which sucks as usual...I know, I know...liability etc. It was all in all quite good but nothing special or better than Craft Burger, Burger Cellar etc. The bun was more a sour dough type of thing - must be the MTL influence. Based on burger alone, I would say this is an average gourmet burger joint. The sides weren't that spectacular - poutine was embarrassingly bad for a MTL establishment. It tasted and looked like it was from President's Choice. Fries were that awful white colour and cheese was barely melted.

              I haven't been to Burger Priest, which is next on the list, but for my money, the best burgers in the city are as follows in no particular order:

              - Nota Bene
              - Harbord Room
              - Craft Burger

              I would put m:brgr in the same category as Burger Cellar - more about the decor/scene than the food. It's just another mid range burger joint, no better, no worse. I really do prefer the hand made style that is thicker and juicy, with a mixture of meats - much like they serve at Note Bene.

              Anyway, it's fine for lunch, but don't expect to be blown away...and it is a lot pricier than Craft, but you get a table and a much more relaxed atmosphere.


              Harbord Room
              89 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

              Nota Bene
              180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

              Big Smoke Burger
              573 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M1, CA

              1. re: kosherdill

                What is the nature burger? Is it grass fed or organic? I didn't see it on their website.

                1. re: Apprentice

                  I may be wrong, but doesn't Nature burger normally mean a vegetarian burger?

                  1. re: LearningHow

                    It does, but the way KD was speaking (cooked medium to medium rare) and comparing burgers to BP, Craft, Nota Bene Harbord Room it sounded as if the burger KD ate was meat!

                    Harbord Room
                    89 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

                    Nota Bene
                    180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

                2. re: kosherdill

                  In that company, Craft Burger is an excellent value. I love their burgers too but I always buy the Beretta Farms organic burger, which for $1.90 more is vastly superior to the regular one.

                  My other favourite is the hand-chopped burger with marrow at Queen & Beaver.

                  I hope to try the Nota Bene burger soon, maybe on my Birthday!

                  Nota Bene
                  180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

                  Big Smoke Burger
                  573 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M1, CA

                  Queen & Beaver
                  35 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

                  1. re: bogie

                    Sorry - the Nature Burger is just organic meat. Went back again - for a work lunch. Same experience. Overpriced - not that great.