Burgoo is an international stew house offering value oriented, flavour - filled bowls of comfort food.
My friend had the bouillabaise and I tried the prawn tomato and cream soup with the chicken diablo sandwich. Holy crap, even bread tastes better here! I'm personally really picky about soup: the right portion, texture, and taste. But the one I chose was marvelous. I hate it when I order soup and it's lukewarm. Not Burgoo, you could tell it was ladled fresh from the pot, scalding hot! It's the perfect place to go on a rainy day, especially for UBC students who have gone insane with studying.
I've been to the Lonsdale Burgoo in the past and although that one was my favorite, this one is a pretty close second.
It's a very cozy restaurant, with a handful of tables and a few seats around the bar. Had to wait about 30 minutes for a table on a Sunday night, which isn't too bad considering we showed up at 6:15 or so. We sat at the bar for a drink before our table was ready, which was nice.
There was four of us and we ordered a bottle of white wine, along with four dishes to share; the Lamb Tagine, the Mushroom Pate, the Mussels with Bacon & white wine sauce and the Emmental/Swiss fondue. For dessert, we shared a Warmed Spicy Chocolate Custard topped with Vanilla Ice Cream.
The food was absolutely delish. The mussels were very fresh and the pate was to die for. The fondue and the tagine were also very good. I don't have anything negative to say about the food or the service in the least.
Not the cheapest place, but not the most expensive either. You got a decent amount of food for the price. We all left very stuffed.
I would definitely eat here again.
They need to put one out towards New West / Burnaby area!!!!
We Love this Place! The sandwiches here are fab, and combined with a soup and salad make for a nourishing and satisfying lunch. Good beer on tap as well. We love to sit out on the the street side patio, and the interior is kinda funky too. Service is always adequate, although not stellar. A great choice for brunch or lunch. Highly recommended!
Boy, I can't think of a better way to describe the cuisine than comfort food. I went with my buddy (both first timers) and we both had a good dining experience. I know its hard to believe, but we both loved the macaroni and cheese as an appy. I feel when the cold weather really starts to hit more people will be coming to get close to the fireplace.
Comfort food is a great way to describe what you get for at Burgoo Bistro. Very hearty choices make you feel at home. The simple dishes are very satisfying and beat cooking at home. The overall ambiance is also very comfortable, and doesn't try too hard, it's dark but not too dark and a very cozy restaurant. Value for money is great too, and selection is great. Must Try!
Like being served in someone's home, the decor and menu at this place is neither genius nor stunning, but always welcoming and comfortable. I've always been a sucker for great soup-sandwich-salad places, and this has got to be one of my favourites.
Although line ups to be seated can take a while, and their service a bit slow, the servers are generally friendly and professional. Plus the wait is always worth the food. I believe they change their menu every season, so I will be frequenting here for as long as I live in the area. Plus, with Vancouver's infamous winter weather, this place is a staple during the colder seasons.
I came here with my mother and my boyfriend. I had read about Burgoo in a newspaper, saying that it was a local gem in Point Grey. It was just up the street, so I thought I'd give it a try.
Well, we went in. It was pretty busy. A couple came in behind us just after we arrived. The waiter gave us a rather rude look and seated the couple that had come in after us right now, came back, and then proceeded to openly insult us. "So I don't know what you've done wrong, but this is a family business, and frankly, we're a little confused with you. You never leave any tips. What's wrong with you?"
We were completely baffled. It was our first visit here and we had absolutely no idea what he was talking about. He must have mistaken us for someone else, but we left anyway. I think he was fired and the manager sent us a gift certificate in the mail a few days later. I came back only recently and the service hasn't really improved. The wait staff are all kind-of cold and uncaring.
But the food is good! Lots of hearty stews that fill you up. I love their fondue. They package and sell their soups as well, so that's cool. The ambiance is nice and reminds you of an old restaurant in Paris or kind-of a bar in Ireland kind-of feel. Just don't expect good service.
First time here. Have read and heard great reviews and the menu reads wonderfully. We hit it on an off night or our taste buds were on strike. Four meals, two were good, two not well-liked. The warm buns side order was a bust as the scones were neither warm nor tasty. Not inexpensive either, so it will likely be a while before we try it again.
I had been curious about Burgoo and tonight decided to try it for dinner. I had not eaten much at all today and was quite ravenous. The place charmed me right away with its cosy décor and I was pleased to see it was very clean. Nothing more off-putting than a grubby unkempt look. It is a small, intimate place, with a few outdoor tables. Part of the appeal for me was the quiet West 10th Ave locale, only a few blocks from the UBC gates.
The place was busy but we were given a table right away. The service throughout was friendly, attentive but not obtrusive.
When the server came to take our drink order I was undecided so she mentioned the draft apple cider was the special (Wednesdays). I don't care for the taste of beer and my experience with cider, many years ago, was the unappealing Grower's Cider brand, which I remember as very sour and not really tasting of the fruit it was supposedly brewed from. This Foundry Apple Cider was delicious! Not overly carbonated, not too dry or sweet, just right and tasting very strongly of apples. Wonderfully refreshing on a muggy summer evening. And at $5 for the large glass, a really good deal.
I had been avoiding white bread (and cholesterol laden cheese) for some time and when I perused the varied menu, I kept coming back to the Gooey Cheese Grillers (two grilled, angle cut, house baguette sandwiches with melted Mozzarella, Gruyere, Emmenthal and white Cheddar), which comes with a choice of side salads. I opted for the tangy coleslaw, which was very lightly dressed, crisp and a refreshing balance for the cheesy baguettes. The sandwich was to die for, perfect crusty, grilled baguette bread with just the right amount of melted cheese to stick it together. Perfection. The portion was large so even though I was very hungry, it was more than enough to fill me up.
My friend, who wasn't as hungry, opted for the hummus and flatbread appetizer, which she pronounced delicious and commented only good manners were preventing her from licking the plate clean. She had the Cesar side salad which she said had a bit too much pepper for her taste (she is not big on spicy foods). I loved the fact that they have pepper mills at the table, which I used liberally on my coleslaw, being a pepper lover.
The menu had so many delicious sounding items that I can't wait to come back and sample some more, especially the desserts - too full today to try one but I'll be back!
Great restaurant, good service, great food and in the peace and quiet of West 10th Avenue. There is a Burgoo on Main St but that area is still seedy and not appealing. I'll stick to the west side.
A couple of years ago I ate at burgoo and had a delicious lunch. It had a unique flavor and was tasty. Yesterday i ate there for the first time since and i have to say what bland food at extremely high prices. I paid almost $50 for a meal that had no flavor. The service was fine and food came quick but anyone can cook cardboard.
Burgoo is a comfort food joint, and the decor leaves little doubt in that: warm wood tones, comfortable seating and lovely staff. But Burgoo fails where many Vancouver establishments do - too pricey for the type of comfort foods provided.
If the world was made of supermodels who need a nip or a taste, instead of an actual plate, than portion size at Burgoo would be sufficient. Being that I am an average-sized man, with a healthy appetite, Burgoo leaves a lot of "room" for improvement, if you know what I mean.
The portions are simply too small, for the kind of foods served - the bean pate crostini, at $5.99 are actually just 2 crostini. That is not enough for sharing, but does leave a lot for the main course.
There is no doubt that Burgoo touts a lot of tight, palatable, comfort food classics (including the boast of a one of the only places in Vancouver where you can find fondue on the menu) but a cup of soup does not a meal make, and for the steep pricing, Burgoo falls short of expectations.
The restaurant was packed, cramped and noisy. It was impossible to have a conversation.
The food was in quite small portions (for the hungry young adults in our group) and it was very salty.
This would be our last option to eat out in this neighborhood.
We might go back on a quieter night.
I went to this place for a Sunday brunch and the only thing I have to say is that the food was so terrible, I felt sick all day. We ordered three different courses, and all of them were horrible. We also ordered two different soups and they were even worse (and I thought you can always be safe with soups!).I have never written a bad review for a cafe but the food was so bad that I don't want any more Vancouverites to feel sick like I did! It ruined my beautiful Sunday :(
I absolutely adore this restaurant. I came here on a Sunday night with some girlfriends, and it was the perfect place for a fall evening - warm and cozy! We ordered a bottle of white wine whose name I forget now...but it was delicious, with grapefruit notes, and was from the Okanagon. I ordered the Burgoo biscuits - scone-like and soft with cheddar and parsley, and french onion soup - both awesome. I enjoyed the soup, but thought the broth could be a little more flavorful. The onions and melted cheese on top were heavenly though! My friend ordered the butternut squash soup and the grilled veggie sandwich - both excellent. My other friend ordered the carrot soup, which was smooth and delightful, and the (italian?) salad, with apples - both amazing! Her dish even came with complimentary fresh multigrain bread. For dessert, we splurged and shared the sticky toffee dish - incredible, and the crumble, which I actually found disappointing - the fruit was definitely too sour. Overall, an excellent meal, and I can't wait to return to try the mac and cheese...and the ratatouille...among other things :)
My bf and i love this restaurant! It's our number 1 pick when the weather is cold because it warms us right up. We always order the Irish Stew and Soup & Sandwich. I always wanted to try the fondue but we can never give up the stew and the sandwich, and ordering three items is way too much for us. My favourite sandwich is the Vegiterranean. It is the most delicious sandwich i've tasted. All the soups are amazing, especially the butternut squash soup. Service is prompt and friendly and the ambiance is cozy, which adds to the comfort factor. I noticed the Burgoo is also participating in the Dine-Out this year, and the fondue is included! Yay, we are going for sure! Best place for comfort food!
Stopped by Burgoo for some brunch and were seated promptly by friendly staff.
Came in for the weekend brunch, but was slightly disappointed with the spinach florentine scramble - it was a little bland. My friend had another scramble and his was way better.
The soups and biscuits were excellent however, and service attentive and attractive.
I visited Burgoo for the first time a couple of weeks ago and had a very pleasent experience. The service staff was very curtious and were quick to greet us and let us know that it would be a little bit of a wait but we were more than welcome to sit at the bar and wait for a table.
Once we were seated I informed our server that I have a wheat allergy and she was able to bring me a book that had all a list of all the ingredients in all of their menu items. She was even able to substitue corn chips for the fondues.
We had fondue to share, my boyfriend had the Irish Stew and I had soup and salad. The portions were huge so we didn't have room for dessert.
It's very comforting to be able to dine out at a restaurant where you know that everythig is made from scratch. I think there should be more restaurants like Burgoo.
Having walked past Burgoo on many occasions, it was always a place that was on the list of places to go. It was always busy and in fair weather diners over-flowing onto the street. The ambience was subdued when we headed there, close to closing one evening. But I imagine when busy there would be an excellent buzz.
The soup/sandwich and soup/salad combos are very versatile and wholesome. The food is homely in style, but the varied ingredient combinations are bistro quality.
My favorite aspect of Burgoo's menu is how it would offer the best seasonal ingredients, a great reason to check back often.
I recently ate at Burgoo and enjoyed it a lot!
The stew was delicious, and the soup was SOUPerb! The sandwich was good but I wished there were more choices to select from.
Soups are seasonal, so I wonder what they'll have in store for the summer!
I went at 5:30 on a saturday and it was already a bit busy. very nice.
I went there with a friend last week. I had a large Irish stew and it was VERY filling. It was awesome, with Guiness marinated lamb and all sorts of veggie in it. My friend had a combo of salad and soup and it was great too. Bill came out $47 including beer and t&t