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Review: The Harbord Room, Toronto


After kickstarting the evening at Harbord House Steph, Karolyne and I sauntered down the street with smug mugs. The delightful demeanour one transitions to after a post work pint. The ladies were treating me to a birthday binge that evening in the heart of The Annex and our final destination would be local gem, The Harbord Room.

Disclosure: Steph, Lucky and I are obsessed with burgers. The discussion over Toronto’s Best Burger has come up several times most noteably during our visit last year at The Works and and at my very own burger feast via my Canadian Beef Summer BBQ. Steph and Lucky are staunch supporters/evangelists for the offering at Harbord Room and we have been in talks over the course of the last two years to pay a visit together. While Lucky was not in attendance I spent most of the meal thinking about her because we are practically married. So it was no shock to me when Steph said, “I want to take you out for your birthday with Karolyne and we’re demolishing three burgers at Harbord Room.”

We arrived shortly before 9pm and were seated at the back of the restaurant overlooking the bar. I could see a few mighty men working away in the kitchen as we pursued the cocktail list. The restaurant is famed for its mixology bartop creations so were certain to sample separately. Karolyne does the cocktail feature for Post City Mag so was delighted for once to not be the only person with my SLR at the table.

Whilst sipping on fancy three large wooden boards slid under our noses. The Harbord Room burger features juicy beef, a soft egg bun, subtle coleslaw and a paper cone stuffed with frites. We devoured our trilogy of burgers while oohing and ahhing and generally sharing a rowdiness for life. We finished our feast with a sweet treat, a fantastic mix of all the things that I love: chocolate, peanut butter and banana. Hey now! Bless!

The Feast:

Cream of Earl Gin Sour

Liquid Swords

Blood and Sand

Beef Burger

sharp cheddar, caramelized onions, smoked maple and jack bacon, egg bun, fries, fennel slaw

Valrhona Dark Chocolate and Smoked Banana Terrine

salted caramel, peanut butter mousse, dehydrated chocolate, banana chips

#461 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010. 

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2 Responses to “Review: The Harbord Room, Toronto”

  1. Rosemary Power
    May 31, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Wow. That feast looks awesome! I will have to visit the Harbord Room this summer!

    • dobbernation
      May 31, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

      So yum!

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