The Burger at Richmond Station
Posted: Oct 26 2014
Richmond Station: The Cadillac of Toronto’s Burger Scene
Burgers are having a bit of a moment right now. It’s no secret that Toronto is burger obsessed, and we don’t anticipate a shortage any time soon. All one has to do is take a stroll to Queen and Spadina to see that ground meat patty sandwiches are dominating every corner of the city’s intersections. Whether you crave gourmet, old school or tried-and-tested fast food, navigating Toronto’s burgeoning burger scene can be tricky.
Enter Richmond Station, a no-frills, farm-to-table gastropub located at Yonge and Richmond that does everyday classics really well. Chef Carl Heinrich opened Richmond Station after winning season 2 of Top Chef Canada. Described as “a stopping place” in a “bustling neighbourhood,” perhaps their greatest success is managing to be upscale and innovative without snobbery or pretension. Most importantly, they offer one of the best burgers in the entire city.
During our visit to Richmond Station, we opted for a mix of go-to menu staples and chalkboard specials, starting with their famous charcuterie board complete with preskopf, bresaola and venison juniper salami (all of the meats are cured and cut in-house), followed by a light and flavourful Quinoa Salad which was the perfect prelude to a burger.
When the Station Burger arrived we were immediately taken by the fragrance of rosemary, which seasoned perfectly crisp fries. The burger arrives cut in half, so it’s easy to eat and perfect to share (if you’re inclined to do so, and we wouldn’t fault you if you weren’t).
Served on a milk bun with lettuce and aged cheddar, the burger is, at first glance, deceptively simple. But there is more than meets the eye. For instance, the beet chutney, or the clincher: Juicy braised short ribs which they’ve cleverly managed to stuff into the centre.
It should be noted that the burger is $20, which certainly puts it on the higher end of the scale. Of course, if you’re looking for something quick and delicious that comes wrapped in aluminum-lined paper, then Queen and Spadina is more than satisfactory. But for a sit-down meal in a cozy restaurant with impeccable service, where the food is sourced from local farms, we’re prepared to dish out a few extra bucks every now and then.
Another highlight at Richmond Station is the playful - and a little offbeat - dessert menu. We opted for some whimsical peach arrangement which was full of sweet surprises and curiosities. It was forgivingly light so we even after that burger, we managed to find some room.
(Article contributed by Michelle Pinchev)
*Top Image via Toro Mag, Bottom Images via Stacklab*