Showing posts with label chicken burger. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chicken burger. Show all posts

Rudy (Toronto) for delivery

Note: Prices in post are based on regular menu prices and may be higher when using delivery services

Sometimes life gets in the way of cooking. Sometimes life even gets in the way of dining out… or in our restricted dining age, Mother Nature puts a stop to the affair. It’s times like these that I still turn to delivery. After doing it for over a year, quickly ordering something from an app has become second nature. Don’t feel like cooking? Break out the app.

In all fairness, these lazy days are also when I get to experience different “fast food” places. In the past, McDonald’s was an occasional treat and Maker’s Pizza would generally fill in the rest. But, with all the lazy days I’ve experienced, we broke tradition and started ordering from other places instead. That’s when my husband read out great smash burgers in Toronto and realized there’s a Rudy in North York.

The Rudy burger ($6.99), with it’s smashed beef patty, is what drew him in. Quite frankly, I’m not sure why people like these burgers; to me, it tastes like having a burger patty in jerky format as all the juices are squeezed out and you’re left with crispy edges. It’s topped with tomato, lettuce, cheese, and their special sauce, but I still found it lacking in moisture. My husband tells me it’s supposed to be like this and it’s that caramelized crust that breaks through the soft bun that people like. I’d much rather get that crunch from raw onions or dill pickles any day.  

I’ll just stick with their chicken burger, the Valentino ($8.49), where the chicken patty is thick and juicy, but still arrives with a crispy lightly battered crust. The protein is amazing. Where there’s room for improvement is the bun – it’s way too soft becoming sticky and mushy and barely holds together.

At least they provide the sauces on the side or else that bun would have no hope. The Valentino sauce is sort of like a watery ranch and while the consistency is great for drizzling, it could be saltier. Once you really soak the patty with their light hot sauce and everything mixes with the coleslaw it does get tastier. Overall, a decent chicken sandwich.

Their fries ($4.19) are a little pricy but a fair size and can be shared amongst two. It just needs to be double fried, so it doesn’t arrive so soggy. And unlike the golden arche’s fries, these barely have a lick of salt. You’ll want to save some of the chicken burger sauce to dip these into.

I’ve certainly had my fill of chicken sandwiches and fries during the pandemic. Rudy hardly leads the pack, yet it wasn’t a disappointing experience either. Maybe I need to go beyond the chicken and broaden my palette by trying more smashed burgers – is it me, or do they seem to be all the rage lately? It’s certainly a possibility, because with life right now, I’m just so tired of cooking. Anyone feeling the same?

Overall mark - 7 out of 10

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 Location: Toronto, Canada
 Address: Various locations
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Gastro World's Grading System

  • Anything under 5 - I really disliked and will never order again
  • 6 - decent for delivery and takeout, but there's better
  • 7 - this is good, for delivery and takeout
  • 8 - great for delivery and takeout, it's almost like you're in a restaurant
  • 9 -  wow, it's like I'm eating at a restaurant
  • 10 - I'd happily order this for delivery or takeout instead of dining in any day!

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One Restaurant (Toronto)

Location: Toronto, Canada
Address: 116 Yorkville Avenue
Type of Meal: Brunch

During the early days of summer, when the sun is shining but the temperature not stifling, eating on a patio is such a delight. The hemlines get shorter and smiling people are abound sipping cold drinks.

Weekends are a great time to visit One Restaurant as they serve a brunch menu but still offer lunch time favourites. Wanting something substantial I ordered the organic chicken burger ($24). The patty is made from ground chicken mixed with herbs (perhaps parsley) and had a nice crust with a juicy centre. Topped with melted gruyere, a mild pickle, dill aioli, lettuce and tomato it had enough flavour without being overpowering so the chicken tastes were still prevalent. The bun was a pillowy brioche with crunchy sea salt on top.

Served with a choice of salad or fries, I always opt for their fries which are piping hot with a rich potato flavour and crispy crust. I prefer the truffle or citrus aioli (generally served if you order these separately as a side dish). With the burger there is a dill aioli instead which was decent but not nearly as flavourful as the others.

Toronto summers are short so get out and enjoy it! One Restaurant is blessed with a great Yorkville location and getting a table outside on the large wraparound patio is even better. It’s the perfect place to people watch with the hedges still high enough to provide a sense of privacy. Just reserve or arrive early as there are many like-minded individuals making the patio tables prime real estate.

Overall mark - 7.5 out of 10

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Gastro World's Grading System

  • Anything under 5 - I really disliked and will never go back
  • - decent restaurant but I likely won't return
  • 7 - decent restaurant and I will likely return
  • 8 - great restaurant that I'd be happy to recommend
  • 9 - fantastic restaurant that I would love to visit regularly and highly recommend
  • 10 - absolute perfection!

The Pommelers Restaurant (London)

Location: London, England
Address: 196-198 Tower Bridge Road
Type of Meal: Lunch

As a warning, if you’re looking for amazing pub food Pommeler’s isn’t the place for you.  But, if you’re site seeing around the Tower of London/Tower Bridge area and need a quick bite at an affordable price this is where to visit.  Located in Southwark, a short walk across the Tower Bridge the atmosphere is noticeably calmer; you don’t need to worry about crowds, line-ups or waiting for a table.  During our weekday visit, we walked right in and soon learned that Pommeler’s is semi-self-service – you sit yourself, peruse the menu on the table, make note of your table number and head up to the bar to order and grab your drinks.  Afterwards, head back to your table and a short wait later a server will bring you the food.

Their menu offers “meal deals” where for about £2 more you can get a pint/bottle of beer, mixed spirit or wine.  Unfortunately, it’s difficult to determine the exact price of my meal pictured below as I ordered a diet coke with the meal but they ended up using mine as the meal deal in order to bring down the price of my husband’s meal.  In the end, a chicken burger with fries, BBQ chicken panini with fries, pint of Kronen 1664 and a diet coke ended up only costing us £14.83!  

The burger was decent with the chicken being a sizable piece of chicken breast and tender.  It was a bit bland at first but after slathering the side of salsa onto the burger it tasted much better.  The chip quality is average but still hot to order.  All in all, the meal was satisfying and served quickly so that we could get back to sightseeing in no time!

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Gastro World's Grading System

  • Anything under 5 - I really disliked and will never go back
  • 6 - decent restaurant but I likely won't return
  • 7 - decent restaurant and I will likely return
  • 8 - great restaurant that I'd be happy to recommend
  • 9 - fantastic restaurant that I would love to visit regularly and highly recommend
  • 10 - absolute perfection!