Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Hidden in my Twitter 'ticker tape' feed was the weekly tweet I was waiting for!
BlackCatOttawa Tonight's Burger Special: beef burg w/ roasted garlic mayo, melted brie, caramelized onions, roasted jalepenos and bacon. #burgertuesdays
Their Burger Tuesday challenge started early March, pitting Chef Patricia Larkin's weekly creation against the house regular, Richard’s 8oz Angus Burger - Smoked Bacon, Sharp Cheddar, Secret Sauce, Pomme Frites, Pickles & Truffle Mayo.
I was sold! It was time to get off the sidelines and check out this burger competition. I knew the teenager would be game for some action. We went all Switzerland on them though and ordered one of each.
They took their time preparing the meal to make sure every detail was calculated. It was worth the wait. In some ways, our toppings were quite similar, so no surprise that we were both very pleased. They offered medium doneness and it turned out to be the right call for my tastes. Still lots of juicy flavour between that bun.
And let me tell you about that bun. It is not something I would typically be fixated on but hamburger buns can be tricky. You make them too soft and they go to mush before you can get very far into the assault. You engineer it to stand up to the burger's moisture and it may be too chewy. This was a great bun. It held its own and still maintained pillowy, fresh softness. The buns are made especially for the Black Cat Bistro. No source revealed. I loved the bun!
The dish comes with a substantial serving of their frites cooked in peanut oil, elegantly placed in a white ceramic frites holder.
I even loved the blessed pickle.
Whether you are taking the Tuesday burger or the Richard burger, both meals are priced at $20. Some might think that is a bit dear for burger night out, if they have ever ventured to another great burger place nearby called the Hintonburger.
Both are great places and both have their niche. This is a bigger burger at 8 ounces! Plus truffle mayo for the frites. Truffle mayo! A pickle. A fantastically crunchy pickle. GREAT bun. Amped up toppings. Fresh, made in-house country wheat bread with maple butter to hold you over while your order goes to the kitchen. Guaranteed to be sitting. Table service. Regular top ups of fresh ice water. Warmth. Linen napkins. Stainless steel cutlery. Ambiance.
We were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed our 'fast food' experience at BCB. No more sitting on the fence. From our vantage point, Burger Tuesdays are the cat's meow.
Black Cat Bistro
428 Preston Street (at the corner of Norman St.)
Mon to Sat: 5 - 10 pm