Backdoor Burgers – Velvet Glove

Every so often surprise invitations show up in my inbox. A couple of days ago I received one from the Fairmont Hotel with a complimentary offer to try one their Backdoor Burgers. The Backdoor Burgers idea was first run in 2013 and the hotel, through it’s restaurant the Velvet Glove, has decided to bring it back again this year.

The Backdoor Burgers concept allows an indoor restaurant the opportunity to offer al fresco dining to their patrons. It also gives them the chance to bring in new customers who may never otherwise enter the hotel. The service area is at the back of the hotel between the hotel and the CIBC tower. There are a few planters with ledges that allow for sitting room.

Backdoor Burgers and Tacos;

The Backdoor Burgers offer is going to run simultaneously with Taco Tuesday throughout the rest of the summer. They are available from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.

The burger deal comes in at $13.00, tax inclusive. At that price it’s a really good deal. The patty was 7oz and was fresh and homemade. On top of that there was a good spoonful of Bacon Jam and a grainy style aioli. This was addition to traditional burger fixings of onion, tomato, pickle, along with some greens. Flavour wise this was as good a burger as I’ve had. Also, there was a nice touch of sloppiness to the burger, making it a fun challenge to eat.

The order included fries. They were good and crispy and well salted but not too salty. I had the chance to ask Chef Eraj how they prepared them. He said they use a coated fry, with just a bit of sea salt. This helps them stay crispy throughout.

As I mentioned earlier the Backdoor Burgers and Taco Tuesdays will run through the rest of the summer. The burgers and tacos will change, so you won’t get the same one every time. Chef Eraj was behind one of my favourite dishes at the Taste of the Nation event I went to earlier this year. I’m sure he will be equally inventive with the burgers and tacos.

If you’re in the Exchange District this is a good way to enjoy the outdoors without having to search out the food trucks. Or perhaps, you’re simply looking for something different. Either way you want to make sure you get down to the Fairmont for Backdoor Burgers and Taco Tuesdays before summer ends.

On Thursdays if you are in the mood, there is music at 201 Portage. So, you can pick up your burger from the backdoor and head over to enjoy some tunes while you eat.


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