We finally decided to try out Romer’s Burger Bar after hearing so many good things about it. Perhaps that’s what the downfall was; high expectations which evidently lead to disappointment. We went to their River District location on a Friday night and it wasn’t a full house. River District is a newly built community hidden in East Vancouver with condo’s still in development. The view and even the developing condo’s are SPECTACULAR. Everything is modern, and at night, the lights are absolutely stunning. Putting that aside, the interior of the restaurant is a very cowboy/cowgirl feel, with its wooden tables and chairs. The kitchen is fully exposed, and there are a bunch of high/long tables right smack in the middle.
Man’s Man Burger - $11 (1/7)
(thick-sliced applewood bacon local creamery amber ale cheddar, onion strings, smoked alder salts, vine-ripened tomato, whole grain mustard)
Maybe it was our tastebuds, maybe it was an off day, or maybe we should have gone for another burger. This burger is literally just bacon, tomato, onion strings, with a slight hint taste of the cheese. Oh, and the mustard. It was the most disgusting thing ever. The sourness from the mustard just threw the whole thing off. Maybe they were trying to be creative/different? Who knows. All we know is that this burger left us wanting to leave the place ASAP and grab a second dinner elsewhere. Oh, and it was so bad that we ended up eating it as a platter - minus the bun that was slathered in the disgusting sauce.
Their burgers come a la carte. Except for a garlic olive and a pepperoncini as garnish. No fries, no salad, no nothing. Just the burger on a plate. For a whopping $9-20. Don’t come to this restaurant expecting to have a pasta dish because they don’t have any. Having said that, if burgers are their only main/entree items (okay, they have a few salads as well), at least have a bigger variety other than a disappointing 15 burgers to choose from. Again, maybe this restaurant was overhyped for us. Maybe it was just that one burger. Needless to say, this first experience was not a good one, to say the least. That doesn’t mean we’re not willing to give it a second try, though. Perhaps at their Kitsilano location, or at their future Yaletown one. Here’s to better days …
Romer’s Burger Bar
Monday’s - Friday’s: 11:00AM till late
Saturday’s + Sunday’s: 10:00AM till late