4858 Sherbrooke O.
Bus: STM 24, 37, 63, 90, 102, 104, 105, 124, 138
Visit: April 24, 2014
Almost 5 years in, it’s getting tougher to find places that make it hard to ignore. This island that we all call home has a lot to offer and there are surely some places that fit that bill. When you make your way to the west end of Westmount, you’ll find a place that is known as Brasserie Central.
To set the scene a little bit, I just returned from a second long distance bus trip to the United State and I was looking to finish up the last remaining burgers of the fifth season. I recently had some obligations come up and making sure the last burgers were done a lot earlier than normal was a priority.
On this particularly rare day off, I was heading west on Sherbrooke and I had it timed to arrive right around the opening at lunch. With the time I had, I decided to bus it down the street from downtown. But, as with all best laid plans, something was bound to go wrong. There was a major protest around the McGill campus area and that doubled my transit time. Luckily, when I got to Brasserie Central, there was ample room to park my rather large posterior into a seat.
At this point, I was greeted by the sole server, who I happen to have heard wonderful things about after reading some online reviews. This person was the only one working the floor during the lunch rush and I was pretty impressed at just how smooth the service was being run. Plus, it didn’t hurt one bit that this particular server was extremely cordial.
One of the things I like to do when I’m out at any restaurant is to take in the scene. There was one table right next to me where a middle aged woman settled down at. When it came time to order, I couldn’t help but overhear her telling the server that the food the last time wasn’t large enough for her. It was said in such a condescending tone that any lower class place would’ve delivered the dish with an extra sauce made primarily of saliva. Where do people get off talking to anyone like they’re the most important people on the planet? Servers work hard and don’t deserve that.
The other thing that I noticed was the owner or manager walking around and lending a hand to make things run smoothly. It wasn’t the fact that I noticed this person, but the implement that was being used in the middle of the dining room. At one point, there was a table that ordered a charcuterie plate. So, the wrapped goods were taken out and the plate was prepared with this machine or slicer, whichever one you’d like to call it. The plate was taken to the table to much fanfare and they were thrilled. I also found it nice that the phone came out and the moment was immortalized forever.
Big and Juicy ($18)
This burger contains onions, mushrooms, lettuce, pickles, oka cheese, and bacon.
Right off the bat, I was looking forward to taking a bite out of this burger just based on the look of that bacon. People really underestimate how bacon really can have a large impact on the final taste of the burger. The average bacon isn’t that impressive if you really think about it. Just looking at this particular selection of bacon, you can’t help but feel really optimistic about what you’ll get and let me tell you, it did deliver.
As I move along into this burger experience, I have to mention the only drawback. You’ll notice that the bun is a lot larger than the meat. This makes it that much harder to have a good grasp of your burger. The likelihood of having that meat patty slide out just increases exponentially. If this is the case, the burger better be really good to make up for that.
Luckily, I have to say that when it comes to taste, this burger was one of the strongest ones I’ve had in 2014. The meat was the key in this case. A lot of the time, you lose any taste by the time you’re ready to take your final bite. Here, the taste was consistent and it was present all the way to the end of the burger. For that alone, I was very impressed.
When I think about it, it is always easy to ignore slight issues when the burger tastes good. I may of had some problems keeping things together on this one, but the more important taste factor made me appreciate the ingredients so much more.
Petit Pot Chocolat ($10)
When it came time for dessert, I was told what the desserts were and this little pot of chocolate sounded like the best option. Under the white cream and crushed nuts, you have some of the nicest chocolate mousse I’ve had in a while. It was nice and cool, which makes things so easy to eat.
Brasserie Central was one of my better visits so far in this calendar year. The service was top notch and the diners were well taken care of. As far as the food is concerned, I wouldn’t mind coming back and giving that burger another go.