Friday, May 20, 2011

Burgoo: A Restaurant Review

Another day, another birthday. This time it's Calvin's birthday (woot woot!). His original request was for me to wine and dine him at Les Faux Bourgeois; however, with the place being booked solid we had to fall on Plan B: Burgoo. Don't get me wrong, I've been wanting to take Calvin to this place for a while now, so don't think of Burgoo as "second place." How to describe the restaurant? Well basically it offers a collection of comfort food from around the globe. There are 3 locations; we went to the one closest to us (Main and 15th).

The logo uses a lower case "B" but on the website they use a capital "B" in text. I guess that's more grammatically correct.

Whenever I'm treating, I always feel this sense of liberation that I can order whatever I please. I decide to get an appetizer. My favourite type of appetizer are dips and Burgoo has a few on the menu. I order the Queso Fuego ("cheese fire" - literal translation from Spanish to English): a hot (temperature wise) cheddar and chipotle dip with red peppers and chorizo sausage served with tortilla chips. For $7, I thought the portion would be bigger, but it was quite small. I should let them know that in the future they should serve a bigger portion, because it was just so darn good. The cheese flavour was somewhat mild, but the chipotle gave it a little pizazz, and the chorizo just made it heavenly. We devoured it and then some.

Give me more!
And then some.

Calvin saw that they had a French onion soup, which is probably his most favourite kind of soup. After discussing portion details with the waiter, he also decides to order the Dos Diablos: a grilled cheese sandwich with chorizo and red pepper (yes more chorizo and red pepper).

"Decadent French Onion" soup. Looks so cheesy.

The Dos Diablos. Also looks very cheesy.

The Decadent French Onion soup was exactly that. A rich, flavourful broth teeming with onions and a variety of cheeses melted on top (gruyère, emmental, mozzarella). Calvin was impressed by the intense flavour of the soup as was I; it had the right blend of onion flavour and other spices. As for the Dos Diablos (two evils in English), the spicy cheddar cheese along with the chorizo sausage and red peppers were reminiscent of the dip, only in sandwich form. The bread was crisp on the outside with the main ingredients all gooey on the inside. They also didn't skimp out on the sausages.

The last time I was at Burgoo was for a lunch with my co-workers. I had ordered the regular grilled cheese sandwich with the tomato soup (also very good), so I wanted to try something else on the menu. The mood called for Beef Bourguignon: the classic French beef stew consisting of braised beef pieces, carrots, mushrooms, and pearl onions in a red wine reduction served with garlic mashed potatoes. 

Mmm... meat and potatoes.

It's one of the more pricier options on the menu at $18, but I  definitely was not disappointed with this dish and I daresay that Calvin liked it much more than his own dinner. The beef was tender and not stringy at all. The carrots were soft, but not too soft that they were mushy. The meat and vegetables had absorbed all the flavours of the red wine reduction. Pair that in your mouth with the garlic mash and you have some serious comfort food action going on. It was absolutely delightful and really just hit the spot.

Overall, the food was excellent. The service? It was okay, the staff are friendly for sure, but it did seem that the restaurant was under-staffed considering how busy it was (very busy). The prices are a little high, but the quality makes it all worth while. 

Calvin and I will definitely be coming back here.

Overall rating: 8.5/10

3096 Main Street
Vancouver, BC   V5T 3G5

Other locations: Point Grey area and North Vancouver.

For more information, please visit their website:

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