Yesterday I re-visited the Grindhouse for some gourmet burger action. One of the nice things about the Grindhouse is that they have different types of meat on the menu from time to time. Yesterday they had both a Wild Boar and Kangaroo burger available. Admittedly, the only time I’ve seen someone eat Kangaroo was in university over YouTube. It was a video of some dude eating a Kangaroo anus on either Fear Factor, or a show like it. I remember him saying it was rubbery. LOLOLOL
Anyway, I saw the Grindhouse was offering “The Aussie” and it read that it was “free-range ground Kangaroo” – so clearly, that was what I had to eat.
As you can see, it looked like any other burger.
But it tasted different.
Like Bison, Kangaroo meat is very low in fat – about 2%. Actually when you compare the nutritional value of the 2 types of meat, they’re very similar. When eating the burger, I felt the Kangaroo meat was a bit more gamey than Bison. Bison is dry and tastes like beef, but the Kangaroo, at least in this situation, was juicier and had more flavour. Now I’m a fan of gamey tastes. I find them to be a nice change to what I eat everyday. I appreciate meats like venison or caribou (my fav), so I found the Kangaroo quite tasty.
This burger was supposed to come with a fried egg – I opted to go with the burger sans egg, and I think it was a good decision. The fried egg would have masked the subtle gamey taste – the Kangaroo taste. In my opinion, the fried egg was only added to the burger to TAKE AWAY from the Kangaroo instead of enhancing its flavour in order to appeal to the masses? Either way, it was a bad idea and sans egg was much much better.
Although I give props to the Grindhouse for serving something like Kangaroo, I’m not soo impressed with their efforts in masking the Kangaroo flavour AND ALSO, giving us LEFTOVER SWEET POTATO BITS when we ordered the sweet potato fries. Unfortunately, this experience at Grindhouse was disappointing and quite frankly, not a great one because of that. We pointed it out and got nothing in return – not even an apology. WTF happened?!
Grindhouse Burger Bar
65 King St. West
It was a random Saturday afternoon. I was running some errands when Tony asked me if I wanted to have lunch with a school friend – Jacq. I haven’t hung out with them in a while, so I agreed to lunch.
We were chilling (literally, it was bloody cold compared to earlier in the week) around King West & Spadina, Tony was starved and the sky started to spit. We didn’t really know what we felt like eating – Thai Princess? Random bar? Dunn’s Sandwiches??? Then from across the street we saw this place – Grindhouse.
We were definitely intrigued and starved. We crossed the street and from the outside the restaurant appeared to be just a take-out burger place and we were looking for somewhere we could sit, talk and stay for a while. I peered in and saw it expanded to the back to what appeared to be a bar, so we went in.
The inside was cozy. They even had pillows on the banquette! I quite liked the atmosphere. It was very comfortable and perfect for catching up, lunch, dinner, date or chilling with friends at the bar.
The Restaurant Food Concept
The waiter was extremely nice and explained to us the concept behind the “Burger Bar.” The Grindhouse prides itself on providing great tasting, quality menu items. They make everything in-house: the ketchup, mustard, burger buns, the meat is smoked and ground on the premises and they don’t believe in using preservatives or white refined sugars. The meat they use is local, hormone-free, GMO-free and the animals are raised without antibiotics.
Burgers aren’t exactly healthy, but I felt pretty good that I wasn’t putting really bad things into my body. They also don’t serve coke and products like Molson beer! But they do have a whole bunch of really good microbrews – which I’m a huge fan of…especially Colorado microbrews (WOOT NEW BELGIUM!)
The menu is pretty cool! It’s essentially divided into 2 sections: the house menu and the foundation menu.
- The House Menu
This half of the menu is liquid – it changes often. I’m guessing this is equivalent to “chef specials.” The salads, we were told, are more or less the same.
- The Foundation Menu
This half of the menu is stationary – it’s always the same. It lists staple menu items.
After the whole restaurant spiel I was really excited to try out the food! I ordered the Bison Burger. I figured if I’m going to be eating a burger, it might as well be somewhat healthy and low in fat – and what other meat is lower in fat than BISON?! (perhaps ostrich…?)
I got my mine medium-rare. I have to say, when I bit into my burger, it was juicy, the bun was a good texture with a nice char toast and the hint of smokiness from the mustard and ketchup was soooooooo good!! The only criticism I might have is – I wish the burger was bigger ;) Believe you me, I enjoyed every bite of that creation.
Anyway, to offset the non-fatness of the bison burger we shared a poutine. Whenever I think about poutine, I wonder why it’s only a Canadian thing. I’m thinking those south of the border would love it even more. It has all the unhealthy servings of fried potatoes, loads of gravy and cheese curds! I’m surprised how they don’t know what poutine is. Regardless, this poutine was a good size. It was big enough for the 3 of us to share (but then again, we were being polite >__>) Overall, I thought it was a pretty good poutine and I definitely enjoyed it!! DELICIOUS =9
Tony, who was suffering from a hangover, splurged and ordered a lamb burger and a full caesar salad. Let me just say, this meal was consumed quicker than my one burger. ’nuff said!
Days of crappy Burger King, McDonald’s burgers are over!! No more small little whimpy burger patties made out of mass produced, processed meat, full of random meat-filler comprised of meat leftovers and processed through ammonia lined pipes. (Can you tell I watched Food Inc.?) If you’re ever around that part of town and you want something satisfying – definitely check this place out!
The Grindhouse Revisit – March 5, 2011
My slightly disappointing follow-up visit…(but the Kangaroo was excellent!)