Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bite Burger House (Review)

As the city's eating and drinking scene continues to evolve, Lola and I continue to take advantage of the tastiest new additions to Ottawa's culinary landscape. Last Friday, we treated ourselves to a gourmet lunch at Murray Street's newest arrival - Bite Burger House. Opened in April, Bite is all about "bringing back basic comfort food with added flavor profiles while offering unique and tasty drinks."

The restaurant rocks a trendy ‘new look', with wooden grey tables and dark walnut chairs, exposed brick, walls pannelled in brown barn board, open stainless steel kitchen and black-board menus. The decor is simple, tasteful and inviting. The front porch and rear patio also feature cozy seating for those preferring an outdoor ambiance.

Although known for their half-pound burgers, the menu features much, much more than just burgers. Other soul-satisfying options include home-cut fries, poutine, pulled pork, mac n cheese, fish and chips, and signature cocktails.

Pulled Pork Nachos
To begin, it was a toss up between the Fresh Made Iced Tea and a traditional Harvey and Vern Soda. But in the end, we went with the Iced Tea, which was sweet and refreshing.

For our main meal, we had quite a hard time deciding what to order, as everything on the menu was making our mouths water. While the burgers sounded delightful, we decided to go against the grain and ordered the Pulled Pork Nachos ($14), which was the special of the day, and the Super Frico sandwich ($12). We also upgraded the side and went with the Truffle Fries for an extra $2.

The Pulled Pork Nachos were sinfully delicious. The nachos were coated in cheese and topped with lettuce, onions and succulent slow roasted pulled pork, and served with a side of pineapple salsa and an unknown, yet tasty, sauce. Our only suggestion would be to spread out the pulled pork evenly across the nachos.

The Super Frico sandwich also rivalled the nachos. Smoked bacon, caramelized onions, brie and cheddar crusted bread was a perfect combination. Fresh cut fries coated with truffle parmesan and sea salt and served with aioli was a heavenly pairing. 

Super Frico with Truffle Fries
Overall, Lola and I really enjoyed our experience at Bite. The atmosphere was trendy, the wait staff were friendly and the food was delicious. We will definitely be returning again, next time to try one of their signature burgers! As Ottawa continues to surge with trendy new gourmet burger joints, we really hope that Bite Burger House stands the test of time.

Verdict: 9/10...we can't give them a perfect score until we try their burgers!

Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 11:30am - Midnight; Friday and Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00am

Price: $6-$18

Bite Burger House, 108 Murray Street, Ottawa, ON  

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