Between September 1st and 7th, some of you had a couple, a few, or every burger offered during Montreal’s first ever Burger Week. From what I’ve seen in the press from my buddy Na’eem Adam, the Mechant Mangeur, the creator of Montreal Burger Week, this 7-day event was a huge success. But throughout all the hype, tweets, status updates, and instagram photos, I only tried one burger. Don’t hate me for not being as involved as I would have liked to be. This was a very exciting event which I supported wholeheartedly. So much so, that I drooled at the sight of all those images and status updates. I wanted one burger. Shall we say, one burger to rule them all. In past meals, I’ve had the Hangover Burger from Burger Bar, the famous Mr. Steer’s Burger before many hockey games, the Coca-Cola burger from Le Gros Jambon, a cheeseburger from Cheeburger Cheeburger, the delicious gem from Nouveau Palais, and since I used to work in the kitchen at m:brgr, I’ve had the delicious Kobe burger a few times. After reading the post from one of Burger Week’s most avid eaters, Jason from shutupandeat.ca, the one burger I chose was at Resto Biarritz. I’ve been wanting to go there for a little while, so here was my chance.
On the last day of Montreal Burger Week, I walked into the quaint and comfortable Biarritz on the corner of Villeneuve and St. Laurent. This hip place is decorated with bare tables, a modern-looking long bar, and a cool atmostphere. Before the burger, I started with the little chicken and speck croquettes. At $1.50 each, I should have ordered more, but keeping in mind that I was going to dive into a burger soon, I kept it light and only ordered just two. These had a nice crisp coating, with moist chicken inside, and little salty bites of speck. I also ordered the duck tacos with pasilla peppers, spicy corn relish, and a light shmear of black bean puree. With three to an order, these little two-bite tacos are great for an appetizer. The well balanced flavors came from the spiciness of the peppers, the sweet corn, and the earthy black beans. The single slice of duck was cooked well, but with all the flavors surrounding it, any other meat would have fit just as well. The only issue with this dish didn’t come in the flavors, it came from the service. The burger is the focus here, but it was difficult to shy away from pointing this out. The tacos were requested to arrive as an appetizer, but they came late; 20 minutes late, after the burgers were finished. At that point, my hunger was satisfied; however, the flavors were great, and I’m glad I tried them in the end.
Biarritz’s featured Burger Week burger entered the realm of Korean cuisine. The burger itself consisted of a bunch of tender slices of Bulgogi marinated flank steak, topped with a ginger and scallion sort of relish, and one of my new favorite things, kimchi. In the food industry these days, kimchi is becoming more popular and is starting to make its way onto many restaurant menus. It was nice to see it here, as it tasted so good. At first, I was a little worried when I first saw the flank steak. Sometimes when there’s pieces of steak in a sandwich, or in this case a burger, a whole slice or two comes out when you a bite. That didn’t happen. My teeth sank into every slice on the way down, and also right through the aromatic scallions and spicy kimchi. The bun held up nicely, didn’t fall apart, and stayed with the burger until the very end. Overall, this was one very good burger.
As burger week came to a close, I was glad I chose to eat at least one burger, and especially at Biarritz. Besides the mishap with the duck tacos, I enjoyed my meal. The casual bistro-style menu is very appealing and fits very well in this area. As far as burger week goes, it is my mission to try more burgers next year. For now, I’m looking forward to Poutine Week, which runs from February 1st to the 7th, 2013.
Resto Biarritz: 4801 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC, H2T 1R5 ; (514) 281-2000