Burgoo is an international stew house offering value oriented, flavour - filled bowls of comfort food.
We’ve been to Burgoo’s a number of times now. This time it was with the mother-in-law on a busy Saturday night. We couldn’t get in straight away, so put our names down & went for drinks round at the Cheshire Cheese, on Lonsdale Quay – because for some strange reason you can’t have a drink at a restaurant bar in Canada, whilst waiting to be served, we were told ! Hell, where’s the commercial & logical sense in that little archaic law ? Incredible !
Nevertheless, when we eventually got in, we ordered (amongst other things) the lamb tagine. The combination of flavours & the quantity was absolutely excellent. There was a selection of menu items.
There was a small selection of somewhat pricey, but very tasty draught beers.
Service was adequate, friendly & busy, though I was disappointed by the high expectation that a tip was automatically going to be given via my credit card payment. A disappointing, abrupt, arse-y-ness followed from the waitress, which somewhat spoilt an otherwise excellent meal & evening out. My tip (only ever given for excellent service & food) was always going to be left in currency, on the table, under the bill, on our exit from the restaurant. Consequently, the tip was reduced !
We came here on a rainy September afternoon for a late lunch and it was a great choice! A memorable meal that's for sure. I LOVED the Kentucky Burgoo - slow cooked meats w/ lima beans, corn, tomatoes, cabbage & okra served over garlic mashed potatoes. Sooo good and totally warmed us up!! The restaurant is not very large, but very cozy with pretty comfy booth like tables and couch-like seating. Service is friendly and attentive. Can't wait to go back to try more!
I don't get why so many people are hyped over Burgoo, and been to this location a couple of times. Each time I go, I'm hoping my experience will change, but this is one spot, I can take it or more like leave it.
I find the services borders on ignoring on the customers, from when you walk in to eating your meal. This wasn't a busy day and I don't know how they can chat with the chef, stand in a corner and chat with one another, when customers may need something.
I ordered the Guiness Lamb stew, It was filling, even had leftovers. The taste of the lamb, mashed potatoes was nice tasting with lots of flavour. I found the vegetables to be mushy and the mini dumplings, didn't taste very good, expected more flavour and didn't compliment the meal. I felt the price $16.00 was steep, for a meal that didn't wow me.
I wish I could like it, this is a place that's not for me.
I doubt I will return for another try.
Despite hearty recommendations from friends and favorable reviews about Burgoo, I came away from last night's dinner disappointed. The ambiance was pleasant and comfortable - the decor could be described as a West Coast chalet - lots of dark stained wood and stone, and very comfortable modern contemporary leather seats - however, the food left something to be desired. My partner and I started with the Brie Fondue, which was too sweet (honey) and despite a menu escription of white wine and thyme, neither of us could taste it. My Lamb Dijon sandwich was too salty and the filone bread hosted a dark burnt strip down the middle. My partner seemed to like his pot of Macaroni and Cheese. The Cherry Clafouti dessert (cherries baked in an almond batter) was interesting, but I think the batter was overbaked, as it was hard and chewy, I was expecting more gooey, but the blend of tastes was nice and the dollop of vanilla ice cream over the warm batter was nice too. Presenation was pretty, with the fondue and Mac and Cheese pots were served over a wooden plank coaster. Serving sizes were on the small side. Total bill was $50 inclusive of tip and taxes (one beer). My partner would go again, I would go again but I would try their stews next time.
Since it was brunchtime, I went to experience the famous weekend brunch bowls. I had the beggar's bowl (spinach omelet w/cheese and mushrooms, bacon and potatoes) and my wife had the sunrise bowl (scrambled egg with salmon, dill and sour cream and potatoes). Both were excellent, particularly the salmon, which had just the right amount of dill and was cooked to tender perfection, neither chewy nor mushy. The potatoes were also quite good. The portion size was about right. The coffee was a fresh-brewed dark roast, and was very satisfying. My only regret is that I didn’t get the bowl of biscuits to go with the meal (toast is not included). I will remember to order them next time.
The ambience is a lot better than the previous restaurants at this location, with all new wood everywhere, comfy chairs, and a nice fireplace. It was really welcoming.
The service was very good, friendly and quite fast. The presentation was great. Overall, a very positive experience. I will be back!
Surprised to read the other reviews as we have had a great experience each and every time! Always ask for the biscuits to sop up the soup of gravey. We've had business dinners here and the restaurant was able to handle our numbers very well. Everyone came away satisfied and happy. Keep coming back.Time for another group party!
While waiting for the computer store up the street to process a transaction for us, we were directed by the staff there to lunch @ Burgoo. Were we ever surprised!
From the looks of it, we were expecting a Catus or Earl's-type expereince. We were WRONG! The food was anything but ordinary. The chicken corn chowder had a wonderfully fresh yet smoky flavour. The chicken club was served on a most-amazing bread. The cheese biscuit was soft, fresh and warm. The lamb tagine was to die for - I mean, it should be illegal for meat to be that tender. We didn't eat everything, and savoured every bite of the leftovers at home.
We were SO pleased we will be there for our first-ever Valentine's Day out - after 6 years together, this will be very special! Looking forward to the chocolate fondue! We would also like to thank the lovely server, too :)
I have been here a couple of times for lunch. This place have always been quite consistant with the food quality. I really enjoy their Chicken Ceasar Club. The chowders are good. The stews are on a bed of mashed potatoes. Mmmmm..........
The servers there are really nice and cheerful too.
It's nice place to mingle friends over the fondues too.
The restaurant I was going to nearby was closed today at lunch so I remembered Burgoo nearby had generally good reviews on here and thought here's my chance to try it.
Looked cool from the outside but inside I thought the decor and table layout was a bit strange. It didn't work for me. I kind of felt I was more in a fancy cafe than a restaurant for some reason.
Tried the Irish stew and I have to say I was dissapointed. I was expecting something really savoury/tasty since stew is their specialty but it really wasn't (I've had tastier at home and out of a can), and the potatoes were undercooked in spots. A bruschetta was OK, and a french onion soup was pretty good so on average food was "OK".
So I thought it was average, but for average, I found the prices to be too high. I might come back and try it again if the prices were 2/3 what they are, but I won't be back at these prices for simple "comfort" food. Overall the restaurant is better than 2 stars, but not quite 3, but since I don't feel like eating here again I give it a 2.
I was very impressed with soups at this location. I've been there twice and my wife had something other than soups. We've both been very happy with the food. Brunch was excellent. As well, it has a kind of ecclectic, international decor. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for hearty, homey food.
We went to this popular Lonsdale restaurant on a Friday night so it was BUSY. We were told it would be a 45 minute wait and we were Okay with that. We sat at the bar and had a drink. The bartender was great. We had an appy and the two of us waited for a table to come free.
Well a table for four came free and they left it vacant. We weren't seated until a table for two came open. I realize this may make better revenue sense for the restaurant but as far as customer service goes it stinks.
Finally we were seated and enjoyed a nice meal. The food is solid and tasty and reasonably priced. We had the Irish Stew and the Beef Bourginon. Good but not spectacular. We enjoyed our evening but I wouldn't rush back because of the business of not seating us when a table came free.
We've been to Burgoo half a dozen times in a couple of years and have had mixed experiences... but there's enough good to keep us going back.
After sampling a variety of dishes we've got a handle on what to order and what to skip. The soups and salads we've tried have all been good. We've found the stews to be below standard, the tagine to be almost inedible and the curries to be way underspiced for our taste, although some people might like them that way. The cheese fondue is a not what I'm used to (but I have a long history with Swiss fondues) and once was enough for me, but my honey thought it was fine.
The last 3 times we've been there we just skipped the mains and ordered up the appetizer platters (Mediterranean, Italian and there's one other one, I think French?). These are an excellent value @ 10 bucks. With baguette and a bottle of wine it's a rustic, sociable meal... we like this and we'll keep going back as long as they have these on the menu.
We like the casual, comfy atmosphere here... tables are a decent size and there's no Shi Shi factor to contend with. This is an affordable Lower Lonsdale eatery that we quite like and will return to.
The Mojitos rock as well and only once have we had poor service at this location.
Went there for lunch with a friend. I had the Hungarian Goulash and he had the Beef Bourguignon. Both meals were first class and very reasonably priced. The ambience is spot on - not too flashy, very comfy and warming, and plenty of table space!!! The service was good and polite, but since it wasn't busy then it's hard to really judge. This place has exactly the right balance and it has a very relaxing atmosphere. This is one place I'll definitely be returning to.
For the past year or so, this place gets busy. I mean really busy. When they first opened, I went in with some friends. I ordered the Irish Stew (one of their popular dishes). It looked like reheated slop and did not taste much better. After that I vowed never to eat there.
I went back the next summer, sat on the patio and had drinks. I ordered biscuits to snack on and they were not bad.
As I kept seeing the place busier and busier I thought (Ah! The owner has woken up and hired a new chef, new cooks and is trying to put their place on the map), so I went in, trying to be fair to the community I live in, and give the place a 2nd chance. This time I asked a number of the employees what they eat and to recommend a few things.
Biscuits -> Completely undercooked dough in the center. Now they're trying to add herbs, but no taste...as if they added dehydrated paskley flakes in a effort to make it a signature biscuit
Seafood Paella -> Not a Paella, the mussels were off..shrimp was overcooked, all swimming in a bland tomato sauce.
Yikes! There must be a bunch of horseshoes buried under this restaurant, because I don't understand how its even in business.
You can't deny that the ambiance of the restaurant is nice and cozy, and the food isn't bad by any means. Very simply, it's decent quality comfort food, but nothing to be overly impressed with. Beware of the appy bruschetta, you only get two small slices of bread; the humus is also very small for the price. Decent food, nice atmosphere, marginal value.
My buddy and I went here after several failed attempts. For three weeks in a row we went to try but were shut down for several silly reasons mostly just due to the well deserved success of Burgoo.
We were met by an exceptionally beautiful young woman named Paula who charmingly showed us to our seats. She then brought us the house ale which was very nice indeed. We ordered the Brie fondue on Paula's recommendation - wow!
We then ordered the onion soup and some biscuits which were superb - all washed down with a cheeky bottle of white wine.
Desert was Mead - Again Paula's doing - wonderful.
Paula - seven stars out of five.
Food - four to five stars out of five
Ambiance - four to five out of five.
Value - cheap at twice the price.
This place will do well for years to come. If you crave comfort food without all sorts of pomp and circumstance - choose Burgoo.
Best carrot soup ever; awesome pacific chowder; fresh and interesting salads; delicious fondue combinations. This place is an excellent spot for a fresh and healthy (okay, not if you have fondue) meal at any time of the day.
Four of us arrived minutes past our 8pm reservation time and were met by a smiling hostess and immediately seated. The $18. DOV price belies just how wonderful the food is at this restaurant. The portion sizes appeared to be the same as regular menu items. Between the four of us, we tried the three entree choices and the two desserts. They were all very well prepared, and wonderfully presented. The service was very attentive, and although not really quick, certainly appropriate for the meal. It's a very cozy spot offering incredible value. Our visit simply solidifies our appreciation for this small chain. We will definitely return to enjoy it again.
A very inviting space, with warm wood and a fire to keep away those rainy day blues...there really is nothing like a warm bowl of soup or stew or stick to your ribs type of meal in a nice space to make November a little better. Real food, and a nice selection of wines complete the scene. I have also been to the Main St, and W. Broadway locations and they are equally as nice.
My brother is a Dubrulle graduate and international cooking competition podium-placer, and very much enjoyed his experience here, both in terms of food quality and service. That alone is probably a better endorsement than the one I am about to give here, but I figure that if someone as accustomer to haute cuisine as he is can enjoy a 'comfort' food restaurant, it's well worth mentioning.
The restaurant is very homely inside, quite comfortable. It reminds me of the inside of a ski-lodge, very rustic and warm, with a large fireplace and bedecked with old travel posters. It's perhaps a bit 'too' rustic in some ways, but it fits the food, so it gets solid marks.
Service is decent. The hostess was kind enough, as was our waitress, but likely due to the fact that the restaurant was extremely busy, we often had to wait a long time in between being 'seen'. Perhaps the best thing to say is that the actual quality of the server was excellent, but the restaurant really should invest in MORE servers, so that customers receive more attention.
Finally, the food. It's comfort food to be sure, stews and the like from the world over, from lamb tagine to Irish stew and half a dozen daily-made soups. Interesting salads, monthly specials, a wide and diverse liquor selection, and some fantastic desserts (try the English toffee pudding) complete the menu. Everything was... excellent. Really, it's best to experience the food to appreciate it, my lexicon can't really put it into words. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star food review is the fact that it *is* comfort food - nothing here is incredibly revolutionary or unusual, so the food loses a point for creativity... but arguably no one comes here for creative food, they come for quality, and it has heaps of that.
This place is *always* busy and has great reviews for a reason. If you want semi-classy 'home cooking' (I bet you didn't think 'classy' home cooking was possible, but it is), then come here.