Accessibility - Grade: A-
The restaurant is on Metcalfe street, to the south of Ste-Catherine's. It's about a 5-10 minute walk from Peel metro station.
Service - Grade: B
I thought the purpose of the touchscreen tables was to eliminate waiters entirely, but the only thing it eliminated was the process of ordering from your waitress. Although, since there was only one waitress on the floor, I suppose the tables do allow the restaurant to hire less personnel. Still, the waitress who served us was pretty nice, and the service was pretty standard.
Food - Grade: B-
iBurger actually has a pretty extensive menu for a burger place. Like many other burger places, they serve the standard AAA beef burgers with sides of fries or salad. Unlike other burger places, they also offer lamb burgers, salmon burgers, and even sushi burgers.
|AAA burger with salad|
|Colourful but blurry picture of the AA burger|
On the downside, I found the patty oddly dry, and it didn't have much of a smokey grilled taste to it. The burger also didn't tower as much as the ones from Burger de Ville or Burger Bar. They were also a bit stingy with the bacon, which is disappointing when you're charging that much for an ordinary burger. I also found that the burger lacked condiments, and that the juices from the ingredients didn't soak up in the bun, which made the entire burger quite dry. And again, the burger was pretty ordinary; there was no pazazz that made it stand out in any way. Still, neither my friends nor I have yet to encounter a case of burnt patties or disgustingly inedible burgers.
One of iBurger's more peculiar dishes is the sushi burger. I personally haven't tried this burger, but a close friend of mine did, and I just thought I'd share with you what the burger looks like in real life. My friend said that this burger was also disappointing, saying that it felt more like eating an oversized maki than eating a burger. She said that the burger was difficult to pick up due to the lose rice, so she had to pick at it with a fork. She also found that the salmon tartare filling became very heavy after a while, especially with no wasabi or soy sauce to accompany it.
Price - $$
Okay, for a burger place, this place is actually pretty pricey, which is one of the reasons why my companion was so disappointed. For lunch, it wasn't too bad. The regular AA burger came with a dessert and a coffee/tea, and it costed us $15 before tax and tip. The sushi burger was priced at $20, the lamb burger at $18 and there was a hot dog for $17. One of the fancier burgers went for around $26. Judging by the ordinariness of the burgers, I'd say students would have better luck finding burgers of similar or even better quality elsewhere.
Final Grade: B-
To be fair, I don't think the burgers were as bad as what many people say. The only problem I had with the restaurant was that they were charging a bit too much for what was just a plain burger. I think if they fixed their prices, touched up their burgers, and expanded on the touch-screen table concept, then they could really be onto something.
1237 rue Metcalfe, Montreal