I love cheese. I know that this is probably a dumb statement, but you’ve got to understand, when I first came to Canada (from China) I did not like cheese at all. In fact, I hated cheese so much that I actually hated pizza and avoided eating it for the longest time. I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in…
Much have changed over the years, and now I LOVE cheese. *phew*. Unfortuantely, since I’m still living with my very Asian and very close-minded parents (in spite of being a grown-ass adult), I don’t generally get to eat much cheese at all. Fortunately, there are plenty of restaurants in Vancouver that serve cheese. One of them happens to be Burgoo. The restaurant has a couple of locations in Vancouver, one of which is located just a 5 minute ride from UBC via the 99 B-line. I decided to stop by there for lunch today. They have an After School Special, which is a soup and sandwich combo. I’m generally not a big fan of
flavoured water soup, but there are a few exceptions, one of them being French onion because who can say no to a layer of gooey melted cheese? Their Decadent French Onion was separate from their other soup selections, and came for an extra $2.5 (in addition to the $18 for the combo). As if that’s not enough cheese, I picked their Gooey Cheese Grillers for my sandwich pick.
After School Combo ($18 + $2.5 for the Decadent French Onion):
Decadent French Onion:
This came topped with a delicious layer of gooey melted cheese. The beef broth was rich and flavourful. There was a good abundance of croutons, which had soaked up the broth, giving them a soft and slightly spongy/doughy texture (though not in a bad way). My only complaint is that I did not get much onion flavour: although there were quite a bit of onions in the soup, they didn’t seem to have much flavour.
Gooey Cheese Grillers:
The consisted of two pieces of baguette sandwiching a generous amount of melted cheese. The bread was perfectly toasted: buttery and crispy on the outside while still soft on the inside. The cheese was, needless to say, delicious: gooey and rich. I know that this sounds picky, but I do wish that they could have matched the two pieces of bread better; the way that they did it (where the bread weren’t perfectly matched) caused the cheese to seep out from the edges while made the sandwich a bit difficult to pick up, especially when it was still hot and melted. Furthermore, this caused some of the cheese to be burnt, and while I understand that some people might actually like crisped/burnt cheese, I didn’t really care much for it (I found it to be a bit bitter).
My visit to Burgoo has certainly satisfied my cheese cravings. Although the portions weren’t particularly large (at least not to a gluttonous pig like me), the food was quite rich and I was left comfortably full. The staff members were quite friendly. I did find the prices to be a tad on the higher side. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, and I hope to return soon to try their popular mac and cheese (I saw someone order it and I cannot deny, I got SUPER jealous. If only I had a larger stomach and, even more importantly, a larger wallet…)
Recommendations: Decadent French Onion, Gooey Cheese Grillers