Vegetarians be aware! Marben is a carnivorous paradise. Although they offer salad options, the smell of meat goodness might overpower your own will.
Known for their charcuterie, meats, pig roasts and the fact that Marben’s former butcher was non-other than Ryan Donovan (famous Toronto Butcher); Marben promises to make your meat-eating experience worthwhile.
I was lured into Marben just to try John’s Burger. Get this! They use braised ribs instead of ground beef for their patties (mouth watering). This burger is definitely all about the meat and its flavour; so much so, that the burger only comes with branston pickles (made from a variety of diced vegetables), aged white cheddar and a specialty house-made sauce to butter the bread, which I am sure contains a lot of butter.
The aged cheddar is perfectly melted on the braised rib patty and covers it in its entirety. When you get your burger, you can barely see the cheese, it is only with good lighting that you are able to see it as as well my camera did.
One bite into the burger, and you know you have just entered dangerous territory – otherwise called addiction.
The flaky pieces of braised rib mixed in with the branston pickle mix and topped with the nice coating of cheddar, deserves an applause. The bread is also soft and moist and just a perfect pairing for this patty.
Marben’s accompaniments – fries and coleslaw – are also good choices, but once again they just complement the burger. If they wanted to up the ante with their fries, this for sure will have crowds coming in for more. All in all, a great Burger Quest experience and another addition to my list.
Until next time Foodies!