Had dinner the other night at the new Burger place that opened nearby. There are several of them around the city. It’s called The Works Burger Bistro. I have to say – I was not impressed. While they are doing a booming business with families, I found it very mediocre and in some cases just not great. My utter disappointment since I rarely go out for a hamburger and fries.
I ordered the “Jack Layton” Burger which was a burger with wild mushrooms and brie cheese. Now I would have made this with the cheese on the top of the burger and then the mushrooms on top of the cheese so they stuck to the burger – Nope – served with the mushrooms first then a little piece of brie in the middle. Mushrooms fell all over the tray instead of staying on the burger. Now to be fair I did order the burger without a bun as I was having the side of sweet potato fries with it, so perhaps the mushrooms may have held on a little longer with a bun holding them down.
The person I was with had the Elk Burger – interesting… she said it tasted fine but her side order of poutine was covered in a bit of lumpy cheese and a watery gravy. Some of the fries were also undercooked. We asked what kind of gravy it was as usually poutine has a rich thick gravy on it and were told “Isn’t it great? It’s mushroom gravy! That way vegetarians can eat it too!” Now my guest would have liked a choice since the mushroom gravy was a bit like beige lukewarm water. Personally I would have wanted a thick rich tasting gravy.
When ordering, I was told my burger would be pink inside unless I ordered it well done. I ordered it well done. Low and behold – it was pink inside! My fries were not hot and in the middle of our meal a waitress came by and took the mustard off our table without asking if we were done with it! I was not, so I had to find a waitress and ask for the mustard back.
Now imagine my surprise when the bill came and it cost about $40!!!! The only addition to the order was $3 more for the poutine and a diet coke. I think that is a lot to pay for a thin undercooked burger with lukewarm fries and very mediocre poutine with another burger. When did hamburgers start costing $15? I can see it in a higher end restaurant – I have actually paid $15 for a burger at Globe Restaurant on the Danforth and it was by far the best burger I have ever had and so big I took half home for supper that night.
It seems I am not the only person to think that “the Works” is very middle of the road. Several people I talked to said “been there, done that” and would not go back. Add me to the list of not headed back.