Burgoo is an international stew house offering value oriented, flavour - filled bowls of comfort food.
I deicded to try Burgoo....I thought it must be good if the wait is always a good half hour or more! Needless to say we went there on a weeknight and waited just under 1 hour. People kept pouring in.
My friends and I ordered a variety of stews....the description on the menu sounded good. However, they were all a little bland...just a stew but nothing special. I said to my friend, "But mom makes better stew". She agreed! The stews her mom made were tastier. I think if you went to and Indian restaurant or Hungarian restaurant etc. you'll get the more authentic stew.
Of the 4 different stews we all ordered, none of them were stellar. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to friends as a "You gotta try it". but perhaps I'd give it another try and order mac & cheese??? And I'll try to go at 5pm to avoid the wait.
Went with a couple of friends for lunch today. I had the Beef Bourguignon and was pretty dissapointed. There were only tiny little bits of beef and lots and lots of carrots and a few pearl onions. It was mostly all carrots. For $16 you expect something better. The sauce was just OK. Other friend is a vegetarian and she had the Ratatouille which she said was just OK; kinda whatever. Some of these recent glowing reviews about the Burgoo on Main St. look like they were planted by the restaurants staff or management to balance out all the negative reviews. I reckon the original Burgoo on West 10th is better.
Burgoo deserves its excellent reviews - great food (more on this in a minute) and great ambiance. Prices are a bit steep, but not totally unreasonable - their soup & sandwich combo is the best deal in my opinion at $14. I was shocked to read the bad food reviews on here until I realized that they hadn't ordered SOUP! This is the one main reason why I go to Burgoo!! Their sandwiches are delicious too. I think it is the perfect restaurant for comfort food on one of Vancouver's dreary rainy days. But I haven't ordered any of the other foods (e.g. mac & cheese) that other people have rated poorly. So if you go, stick with what they do best, which is soup! You won't be disappointed.
I have been to Burgoo several times and have had good experiences. It is a "healthy" restaurant so to speak so those wanting greasy fries or burgers, stay away. Burgoo doesn't even give you that option. Its choices include mac and cheese, stew, soups, meatloaf, and more home style dishes.
Overall the service is good and consistent and the prices are reasonable. They also have a nice bar so if you want to hang out at one, Burgoo is a good option.
I'm not a huge fan of the menu but that is just my personal taste. I have had a chicken caesar and a clubhouse and both were good.
Introduction: I'm the kind of guy that needs a lot of flavour in my food. My fridge is full of condiments. I own about eight different kinds of hot sauce. Suffice it to say that I have no tolerance for bland food whatsoever.
Food: Two of my buddies and I went here for lunch on a weekday. We had draft beer, french onion soup, and toasted sandwiches. The french onion soup was flavourful with a rich broth and lots of gooey gruyere on croutons on top. Very tasty, not something I would remotely consider as being bland. The sandwiches included fresh toasty bread; all very flavourful and well-prepared. Can't comment on the stews at this location since none of us had a stew.
Service: Friendly and smiling waiters. Did what they were supposed to do. Four stars.
Value: Pretty good value. Maybe I would give this 3.5 stars if I could.
Ambiance: Rustic, comfortable, lots of exposed wood beams. Works for me.
I will definitely be back.
Okay, I understand what they were trying to do with the menu; but they chose the strangest dishes to transform to new age comfort food. I don't have a lot to say about this place. The interior was boring, the food was boring and the service was a little boring.
I feel bad about getting my bore off on a restaurant I had such high expectations for, because I love comfort food and comfort food loves me; we just didn't see eye to eye on this ocassion.
I went here with my boyfriend on one of those dine out Vancouver things. We both actually liked our meals. Strange combinations (fondue, beer, stew, indian curry and banana sundaes??) but everything tasted ok (minus the butter chicken). However...there is something a little confusing about this place........
Comfort food in a cozy cabin/barn/ski lodge atmosphere. Seems ok, but a little confused as to what type of vibe they are going for. On one hand, they serve the type of food you may have at grandmas: big bowls of hearty chunky beef stew with bread and butter, red delicious apple pieces, grapes and chunks of bread dipped in gooey, cheesy fondue...everything is very warm and soft (like good if you have dentures). On the other hand, with their flat screen tuned to hockey, bar, location, and drink menu they are certainly not trying to cater to the grey-haired, sunday-dinner-at-dennies, or even families with kids, type of crowd. They are def. a bit trendy ($18 for a bowl of stew?) and most of the patrons were in their mid 20s- mid 30s.
I don't know about you (or any other mid 20s-30s people out there) but a big comforting and filling bowl of beef stew is not my meal of choice before hitting the bar or going dancing on a saturday night...maybe if I was heading to senior's bingo it would be a different story, but I would probably go to Dennies and get it from the seniors menu for 50% off, not pay $18 amongst 20 something year old trendsters. Although the ambience of this place could be good to take a date to, there is something odd about slurping back stew on a first date.
Anyways, it was all very cozy and comfy and I actually liked the fondue a lot but I think Burgoo is trying to appeal too a little bit toooo wide of an audience. I understand with the economy these days, times are tough and you gotta do what you gotta do to make a few bucks but sometimes you just can't cater to everyone from 0 to 100.
There's nothing like comfort food on a dreary Vancouver day. A friend and i stopped in for lunch at about noon. the place quickly filled up for the lunch rush. the atmosphere is great, quaint and rustic.
I ordered the mac & cheese and my friend ordered the seasonal hungarian stew, with a side of biscuits. Both dishes had a homemade taste and feel to them. The biscuits were as good as any I have had, definetly made fresh.
For destert, the sticky toffee pudding. Very sweet and rich, but to share it is just right. I had 3 cups of coffee with my meal and the refills were free. Terrific!! The food is really good and so is the service. Burgoo is a place I could eat at often. There is a nice selection, but it is not overwhelming. this is a place I would recommend to my friends. It's about the food and the service, both are really nice.
Nice place, although service was slow. We had to wait a long time to get seated, but when we did, our server greeted us smiling and was polite and warm. Wish I had known how packed the place would be before going. Our food also took quite a bit of time to arrive.
Food was good, it all tasted well. My friends and I tried lots of things, in total we ate: nachos, ceviche, guacamole, grilled cheese and chicken sandwich, spinach pakoras, spinach salad, tomato soup, quinoa, and a salmon sandwich. I would especially recommend the quinoa and sandwiches. Warning: it was not cheap!
What I liked about this place, Burgoo, was that it provides you with all kinds of varieties of food, be it Latin American, North American, or Asian. You will find something you like on its menu. I was surprised by some of the contents myself.
I have met friends here for lunch at least 8 times in the past year, most recently a week ago. We have always experienced really friendly, considerate service. The food has been good and has a 'comfort food' feel to it that is especially nice in the colder weather. It is a little expensive for the type of food but not bad. I have eaten several times at the Point Grey and Kits locations which are both good. The Main St one though is easier when meeting friends from other parts of Metro Vancouver as it is in the middle for most of us and there is usually parking for those who drive, plus good transit access.
We went on Mother's Day and had the seasonal fondue and hummus. Very tasty and filling for two and cheap at less that $20 for both. We had three different desserts; the seasonal crumble was a bit dry, the clafouti was very good and the chocolate chili pot was orgasmic. Sandwiches and salads going by looked beautiful. Will definitely be back.
The first time I ate here, we enjoyed it...I had fondue and the tomato soup with a sandwich. The food was quite solid, especially the tomato soup. The second time, I had a Caesar salad, and the French Onion soup. The menu clearly stated that the Caesar contained Parmigiana Reggianno cheese, which is the good stuff. This is the only kind of Parmesan cheese I eat. The salad I got did NOT have Parmigiano-Reggiano. It was far more mild, more similar to the cheapest Parmesan cheese. Reggiano is a bit crumbly when grated. This cheese was more rubbery. Yes, it was grated in shreds from a solid block, but it was a cheaper kind of cheese.
The French Onion soup wasn't bad, but I thought the cheese was a bit tough. It seemed to clump into a giant rubbery ball, instead of dispersing amongst the bread and beef broth. I'm not sure, but I think that this too was a cheaper kind of cheese than what would be ideal, probably not real Gruyere, but instead a industrialized copy.
After watching enough of the cooking shows on Food TV, especially the British show on the "Little Chef" chain, I think I can imagine what is happening at this restaurant. The original creator of the restaurant establishes excellent recipes using high quality ingredients. People visit the restaurant and love the food. But then a particular manager decides he needs to cut some corners to increase the profit margins. The original recipe calls for high quality Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Why not substitute industrial Parmesan cheese that costs 70% less. Maybe he can't tell the difference. He suspects the patrons won't notice. What he forgets is that you can't make good food with bad ingredients.
Cheeping out on cheese in a restaurant whose best comfort food dishes are based around cheese doesn't seem like a good idea.
After like 12 people said good things about Burgoo and reading in Vancouver Magazine that the Kentucky Burgoo was on the 100 things you have to taste in Vancouver before you die...tonight was the night.
I wish I hadn't even gone. $35 out the window. We ordered two mains and two soft drinks.
Kentucky burgoo with biscuits: just ok, meat was perfect and pull apart goodness, but too tomatoe-y. Expected more gravy-like flavor and the biscuits were bland. I think $15 for this main is too steep.
Mac and Cheese: What a friggen let down. BLAND BLAND BLAND. Pasta was over cooked. Tasted like they skimped on the cheese in the sauce because it tasted like baked flour, butter and milk. The cheese melted on top and baked to the sides of the ramekin was good but they need a punchier cheese in the sauce to make this worth the $9. Seemed like I put a teaspoon of salt and pepper on top. I asked for some green onions to "jazz it up" but they could only offer purple onion.
The homemade strawberry lemonade was just ok. Not a lot of lemon tartness, just sweetness from canned, syrupy strawberries.
Our server did her job. No more, no less.
I wrote to the restaurant and told them about this. So if we go back to Burgoo again depends on their reply, if any. At the moment, I don't want to give any more money away.
I had the lamb stew with mash potatoes and it wasn't very good. The mash potatoes had no taste and the lamb stew seemed like canned chilli with lamb. I was expecting ALOT more from here The server wasn't bad but he didnt seem to be at all passionate about his job. He offered no advice about the food choices. However, i did like the atmosphere, it is a great place to chat with your friends.
Visited Burgoo with a couple of girl friends on a Thursday evening. The restaurant has a comfort feel and the drinks we ordered were good. Karen didn’t care much for their Beef Bourguignon but I thought the lamb main was tasty and I enjoyed it. As for the service, it was polite but on the slow side but the place had the nice hub of people eating, drinking, and enjoying themselves and we had a lot to catch up on. Perhaps a little on the pricey side but I’m sure to visit again if in the neighbourhood and in no particular rush.
First of all, I have to say, I have been feeling severely ripped off by restaurants around the lower mainland lately. It used to mean if you spent more on food you'd get better food and service... not so much anymore. I didn't feel ripped off after eating at Burgoo.
It's not a fancy restaurant. I wouldn't want to go there for a date. The service was unpretentious and honest. The server even talked us out of ordering too much food, which turned out to be a good suggestion. We ordered two of their appetizer platter/plate things, and salad.
Wasn't a fan of the marinated artichokes, I've had much better, but they were edible. Other than that we were pleased with what we had and satisfied in the end.
Bravo Burgoo: 4 awards for the best resto in different categories!! for 2008.Since 2002, Burgoo has been our (friends, family) resto of choice for all occasions. We have been looking forward for Spring to go and enjoy their food and their patios.
One Sunday,we managed to go to the North Shore B..It was a bit chilly outside but their super brunch warmed us up quickly; I had the chicken Florentine scramble with a side of spinach salad, did not leave 1 leaf of my favorite salad, never had such a delectable breakfast before!!. One lucky sunny Friday we went to Burgoo on Main and to our surprise they were providing confy blankets so that we could sit outside."du jamais vu"!.What a classy place and addition to the trendy Main.We felt like being in an european Bistro specially when we heard joyeux chimes from the church( Edward style??) on the opposite corner.
One of my concern is that I never know what to choose since I have tried and truly enjoyed most of the exotic stews, soups etc... and I am always so pleasantly full to order any dessert! I am addicted on you Burgoo-licieux.Denise
I came here for Dineout Vancouver. The cheese fondue was very very delicious. Entree was really not very good. Hungarian Ghoulash was ok and the Butter Chicken was probably the worst I've ever had. The butter chicken at Joey's is much much better. Dessert was mediocre - chocolate banana bread pudding was too sweet. Service overall was ok, nothing special. I love the ambiance though, very adorable.
I would come back just for the fondue, but nothing more.
I love this place! Okay, I've only been twice, but both times have been great. The service is awesome, although you only get to enjoy this after you've been seated--the hostess is not that welcoming (both times). The servers are genuine and friendly. On our second visit, the server actually said, "is there anything else I can do to make your dinner more enjoyable?" and then looked at us expectantly with a smile on her face. It looked like she actually cared. And then there's the food. The ratatouille was delicious--plus everything else I've had there. Best of all was the brie fondue. Succulent! Prices are a bit high, but such good food justifies it enough.
This was one of my most enjoyable dining experiences because the restaurant was clean and cozy and the food was tasty and hearty. My friend and I had lunch on a rare snowy day and Burgoo's little wooden structure with the cute windows was the perfect place to watch the falling snow. The service was great and the food did not disappoint us. Two of us shared the Hungarian Goulash, the Fondumental fondue (gruyere + emmenthal), and the grilled cheese + soup. It was way too much food for us, but we couldn't resist!
The goulash was rich and mealy, with just the right amount of spices. The dumplings in the goulash were especially fun to eat! The grilled cheese was cheesy and sharp. But, be warned of the greasiness! The butternut squash soup was so sweet that it overpowered the sandwich when I dipped it in, but good nevertheless. The fondue was awesome too! We could have made a meal out of that, but we had to stop!
We took most of the goulash home. Each sandwich order comes with two sandwiches, so my friend took half her sandwich and the rest of the soup home. It was sad, but we had to leave some of the fondue behind.
The only thing to be careful of is that Burgoo serves in courses. They would have waited for us to finish our fondue before serving the other two courses if we hadn't asked for them to bring them as they were prepared.
You must try this restaurant!