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westaust Mar 12, 2011 09:32 AM

New burger place that recently opened on Metcalfe, next to Dominion Tavern

As the name says, it's a fancy burger place, with the main feature being the ordering system, each table is fitted with a giant touch screen, on which you find the menu and order from the screen by pressing the various button.

Interesting feature, it reccomends wines or beer that would go well with the burger you just ordered.

I had the chicken burger, which is a patty of ground chicken, stuffed with a piece of brie cheese in it, served on a ciabatta type bread.

It was really good, and not dry, my colleagues went for the lamb burger or the regular angus burger, everybody liked their burger, only one noticing that his burger might have been slightly overcooked.

Of course, you'll also find the kobe beef burger with foie gras like any upscale/fancy burger joint offers

Service is quick and efficient, we got the beverages about 3 mins after ordering them on the screen, burgers took about 15min to get.

http://iburger.net/

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    celfie RE: westaust Mar 12, 2011 01:36 PM

    computer ordering is so gimmicky
    i dread hearing about how cool this place is from my family

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      penlite RE: westaust Mar 13, 2011 03:29 AM

      the computer says NO

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        chickenbruiser RE: westaust Mar 13, 2011 08:30 AM

        $18.00 for a friggin sausage sandwich....??????? I pity the poor souls who dish out that sort of coin just so they can order off a puter.... which people can do from home and then they bring your food to your house so you don't have to go into the miserable downtown core.

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          celfie RE: chickenbruiser Mar 13, 2011 08:57 AM

          miserable downtown? as opposed to where? vaudreuil?

        2. keelo RE: westaust Mar 13, 2011 03:03 PM

          Ordering system is way beyond gimmicky. Everything is overpriced obviously to pay off for the high tech tables and Windex. My "AAA Angus beef" was overcooked and felt like eating a sponge. Maybe they need some time to work out the kinks considering they've only been around for a short time... but I'm not marking my calender for a return visit.

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            dyslexicpimp RE: keelo Mar 15, 2011 01:11 PM

            The interface is clunky @ best - definitely PC based. (screen shot below) We're not talking a pinch and rotate like an Iphone here. Screen is temperamental, you have to tap a certain way for your command to be recognized. Would be nice if they improved it and maybe added a browser so you can browse on the table itself. Wifi would be a nother nice touch.

            Burger was less than impressive, fries were yummy, dredged in a nice coating.
            Plain Angus Burger with Fries 11.99, no condiments inside, only 2 slices of tomatoes,and a clumsy lettuce leaf, they forgot my onions, but quickly brought me a plateful when I pointed this out. Extra bacon runs $2 and from what I saw, it is maybe one slice cut up...total rip. They charge extra for pickles (wtf?!) different cheeses (feta, brie, emmental $2-$5 each).

            Usually a hot waitress with a pretty smile will help me forget bland food, but no such luck here as it was an all-male staff. They were quick to table-side when summoned (there's a button on the screen kinda neat), but if I'm leaving the office on my lunch hour, I'd like some eye candy.

            Overall, too many better burger joints out there and with better prices ($4 for a bloody coke) - Will not repeat.

             
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              estilker RE: dyslexicpimp Mar 15, 2011 01:23 PM

              So how much do you tip a computer? :-)

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                porker RE: estilker Mar 17, 2011 04:08 AM

                2 bits

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                  SnackHappy RE: porker Mar 17, 2011 05:57 AM

                  HA!

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                Gluttoners RE: dyslexicpimp Mar 23, 2011 05:40 PM

                I got to agree I already made a review on this. My friend's burger and mine was overcooked even though I ordered medium rare. Even though it was still pink-ish in the middle the outside was just burnt. I returned it and got the same result for the second one. The drinks and plates are over-price actually EVERYTHING is. The computer even lags which leads to some mistakes, obviously such as ordering when you are not done.

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              jay_81k RE: westaust Mar 17, 2011 08:07 AM

              I had this idea years ago. If it's done properly it could be good, I personally don't like dealing with waiters/waitresses, atleast this way you know they won't make a mistake. Plus I don't think you should have to tip with a system like that which is another bonus. This place seems like a rip off though so it's useless.

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                SourberryLily RE: jay_81k Mar 31, 2011 09:19 AM

                It kind of depends on the type of restaurant. I've used electronic ordering systems in japan but they were always in take-out stalls or places where you stand around a counter to eat. Never in a fancy restaurant and never on the pricey side. I'd see this working at a downtown, 4-menu-items, lunch spot. Quick and simple.

                You'd think that since the device makes ordering faster and requires less staff, it would make food less expensive. I don't think canada is ready for something like this.

                I for one will not be running to lburger after these reviews.

              2. porker RE: westaust Mar 17, 2011 08:42 PM

                We passed by this place a while back before they opened. I don't wish them bad luck and I did not eat there, however, I feel the business is based on a gimmick more than anything else. Unless their food is knocked out of the park, the novelty might likely fade.

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                  Shattered RE: westaust Mar 21, 2011 07:00 PM

                  Funny, but I've always felt human interaction with a friendly server was one of the charms of eating out.

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                    Fintastic RE: westaust Mar 23, 2011 08:44 PM

                    There's now an mBRGR, O'Burger, and Iburger within about 2km of one another. Someone needs to come up with a new naming scheme.

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                      porker RE: Fintastic Mar 23, 2011 09:44 PM

                      hot dog place calle nonburger?

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                        hungryann RE: porker Mar 24, 2011 10:12 AM

                        nice LOL

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                          superbossmom RE: hungryann Mar 25, 2011 04:23 AM

                          I heard that there's a Chee Burger opening at les Cours Mt Royal, I know of them in Florida, the theme is based on jukeboxes, etc... nothing new but it's a decent burger, not gourmet style, basic with multi choices for toppings, buns are too soft though, imo.

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                            porker RE: superbossmom Mar 30, 2011 03:47 PM

                            I think its called Cheeburger Cheeburger. I'm trying to nail down how it came to be named without being censored...

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                              SnackHappy RE: porker Mar 30, 2011 05:47 PM

                              I don't think it's copyrighted material. Belushi based the Olympia Cafe on the Billy Goat Tavern.

                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guQzlA...

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                                EaterBob RE: SnackHappy Mar 30, 2011 07:16 PM

                                According to Wikipedia: "When Cheeburger Cheeburger opened a restaurant in Glenview, Illinois, they were sued by Billy Goat Tavern. An out-of-court settlement was reached wherein the restaurant changed the name of the Glenview location to simply Cheeburger and agreed not to open another restaurant within 125 miles of downtown Chicago."

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                                  SnackHappy RE: EaterBob Mar 30, 2011 07:49 PM

                                  The internets know everything.

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                                  porker RE: SnackHappy Mar 31, 2011 05:47 AM

                                  Yeah, well...
                                  Someone mentioned this place on the Restaurant Opening thread and said something like "if you don't know about them..." and posted the restaurant's website.
                                  I thought the original SNL skit was a classic and posted a link to that as a light hearted, tongue-in-cheek response. It was removed. I asked if anyone knew about the skit and that was removed. etc etc.
                                  But I didn't know it was based on a real place.
                                  Thanks.

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