Location: 10066 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill
I got a little bit concerned when the guy behind the counter at Bytes Burgers pulled out the grayest, saddest looking uncooked beef patty I’ve ever seen and slapped it on the grill. Certainly, it did not bode well for the freshness (or lack thereof) of the burger. But hey, at least it helped me to lower my expectations.
The burger here completely flummoxed me. I don’t know what to make of it.
They have a quarter pound and a third pound burger; I went with the third pound option (the eponymous Byte burger), and had it topped with pickles, tomato, and mayo.
It’s… strange. I think the patty might have been frozen and industrially-produced, but the texture was so wonky and so thoroughly unlike any burger that I’ve ever had that I had a hard time nailing it down.
It was soft and mushy and weird; I have no idea what was going on there, but it wasn’t right. If it was made with fresh beef, then it was clearly way, way too finely ground, though that alone couldn’t begin to account for the oddball texture. And even if it was frozen, that still wouldn’t explain the mushiness.
I don’t know. Like I said, I’m flummoxed.
The flavour (not to mention the wan, gray colour of the uncooked patty) is what makes me think this might have been a frozen burger. It has that neither-here-nor-there saltiness and generic meatiness of a frozen patty.
The toppings were all fine, at least, and the fresh bun suited the patty well.
I’ll admit that I didn’t entirely hate eating this burger — the flavour, while not particularly good, was inoffensive, and the squishy texture was wrong, but not completely repulsive. But “it wasn’t gross” isn’t exactly high praise, and the wonky texture makes this hard to recommend to anybody.
As for the fries, they were fine — but they were heavily battered, and that’s never going to be my favourite style of fry.
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