Bus: STM 15, 24, 57, 66, 107, 165, 166, 427, 435, 715
Visit: May 27, 2014
Over the last 5 years, I made it through 249 burgers all in the guise of trying to find one that was great. That search has taken me to cities like Boston and Philadelphia. Along the way, I’ve met a lot of really wonderful people and made connections all over the place. As May 27, 2014 approached, only one thing was certain. Something had to be done to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the day this all truly began. So, along with 5 of the most loyal fans of the search, we headed down to m:brgr to mark this unique occasion.
In May of 2010, in the middle of the first year of the search, I made my way to a still young m:brgr. At that time, I wasn’t taking the burger eating that seriously. Instead of written text, small captions on Facebook were the norm. Back in the day, I was just doing it because it actually annoyed people. As time went on, the search gained more followers and a blog soon emerged. While the prime of the blog is long gone, there are still a lot of burgers that need to be consumed.
If I can recall, my initial visit to m:brgr wasn’t that memorable. I know that’s not going to be a very popular statement, but it’s not one that I hold dear. Then again, I didn’t know then what I know now. So, my visit in 2014 is important to really see the worth and value of a burger place that a lot of people seem to like.
With this being a special occasion, there was only one burger that was fitting for the milestone. If you haven’t guessed it, you’ve probably been living under a rock for the last couple years. A number of years ago, m:brgr made the leap by opening a second location in that city which shall remain nameless. Let’s just say that this city might believe that they are the center of the universe and with their current mayor, TMZ might think that too. That second location opened up with that unique burger and things fizzled out. Luckily, the main location back home is still going strong.
On this evening, I gathered some of the best people you could have when eating a burger. So, I want to take a moment to thank Michael, Jacob, Sevag, and Amelie for taking time out of their busy schedules to be there that night. Plus, I was honored to have the characters behind the Montreal Breakfast Review and the Montreal Food Divas there. With such great company, anyone would have the strength to eat 250 burgers in one night.
We arrived at a very peculiar moment in the day. I had this date in mind for quite a while, but I didn’t really plan on having this evening on the same night as one of the Habs’ playoff games, in the conference finals no less. I had to come up with a back-up plan in case the place was too busy. We were pretty lucky, as we were given a table pretty quickly at the time we needed.
During the entire time that we were there, which was about 3 goals during the game, the place was jam packed. Let’s just say that there’s nothing like the atmosphere of a restaurant during a playoff game. It was the perfect place to be for this milestone moment. The service staff was working like a machine and things went just seamlessly during the entire night.
The $100 Burger ($100)
This burger contains grilled pineapples, foie gras, brie, asparagus, Piave del vecchio cheese, pulled pork, porcini mushrooms, honey truffle aioli, and bacon. All of that is placed around two Kobe beef patties. The platter is finished with regular fries, sweet potato fries, and fried onions. Lastly, there’s an arugula salad.
Before and after I made the decision to pursue this burger, I had a whole bunch of people questioning my sanity. For one milestone moment, a burger with such a value is worth it. I’m probably never going to be that stupid to order an expensive burger like this again, but for that one moment in time, it was worth the experience. There would be no point in doing a burger search without trying them all.
First and foremost, the list of ingredients reads as a who’s who of the things that will probably send me into a massive coronary. There are things that I’ve never had in my burger, or even my life. For example, I never had an asparagus ever. But, for the rest of it all, there’s a lot of big time items. There were so many things that you could probably forget some of them.
When the platter arrived to the table, I think everyone was in complete amazement. I was half expecting a loud ceremony as the most expensive meal made its way through the restaurant to the poor sap who had to eat it all. At that moment, everyone took out their phones and the flashes ensued for a good couple of moments.
When you eat a burger like this, there are a few obstacles that you may not be aware of as you’re looking at the picture. First of all, the burger is absolutely massive. Any conventional method of eating a burger doesn’t apply here. As much as I would have liked to take an equal bite, which includes part of each ingredient, that wasn’t to be. With something this big, it’s probably going to fall apart and it’s going to be messy. I’m lucky no one left the table after seeing me take that first saucy bite.
Some of the things that really stood out was the inclusion of the pineapples. I’ve only ever had it once before on a burger and it really worked well for me this time. Going on, I can’t say enough about the pulled pork. The pulled pork is a meal on its own and in this burger, it adds another exciting element. With that being said, the elements like the cheese and the bacon fell to the wayside, as I could have gotten more from them.
The last thing that I was judging was the Kobe beef patties. That was my main complaint from my original burger. I didn’t really get much from the meat. This time around, the Kobe beef really hits the spot. They were cooked just right and bites were extremely easy to take. While there were so many other things that invaded my taste bud, I was lucky to take stock of the beef in this massive burger.
In the end, I finished the burger after what seemed like an eternity. There’s a lot going on and you better come hungry. For the price, you would probably have the same questions as I would, but it’s more about the experience and the company which makes the whole thing worth it.
My second visit to m:brgr shattered my own personal price record on this search. After 5 years and 250 burgers, the culmination of that fifth season was well worth it. I’ll remember the hockey game, the good food, and most of all, the great company.