Location: 1426 Queen Street West, Toronto
I wasn’t crazy about the Skyline Restaurant on my first visit, but that was before the recent change in ownership; I figured another try was probably in order.
My first impression was how delightfully cheap the burger is; for twelve bucks with a hefty side of fries, it’s very much on the low end of what you’d expect to pay from a restaurant like this in Toronto.
It’s a no-frills hamburger, topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, and mayo. The waitress asked if medium was okay; it was. And the grilled patty was indeed cooked to a perfect medium, with a rosy pink interior.
Griddled burgers are so ubiquitous in this city that a grilled burger is almost a novelty these days. I like a griddled burger as much as the next guy, but cooking a hamburger patty on a grill gives it a bit of a smoky flavour and a unique character, so it’s always nice to have that option.
It’s especially nice when the burger is as good as it is here; with its satisfying punch of beefy flavour, it’s very obvious that they’re using above-average beef. It’s not the juiciest burger that I’ve ever had, but it’s very far from dry, and the texture was about 95% where it should be (it was just a bit too finely ground, making it ever-so-slightly tougher than it needed to be, but that’s a very minor complaint).
The toppings were mostly quite good, though the very thickly-sliced tomato was a bit mealy. And the soft, fresh bun — lightly toasted — suited the burger well.
As for the fries, they were amazing. Perfectly crisp and perfectly tender, with just the right amount of salt — very close to fry perfection.