Address: 9206 Leslie St. Unit 4, Richmond Hill ON
When I visited: June 2014, dinner
Rating: $, 4
Fresh Burger had opened about a year ago in Richmond Hill but I only heard about the restaurant recently. The restaurant is in a quiet plaza near Tim Hortin’s and can be easily missed if you were driving in the area. As I stepped in, I noticed several tables for dining in and a large poster of the combos plastered on their wall for easy ordering.
The philosophy at Fresh Burger by founder Jacques Kavafian is an “uncomplicated burger” that is focused on the taste of the hamburger. Their daily fresh ground burgers are made with 100% lean Canadian AAA Sirloin. Being hungry as always, my husband and I ordered the 6 oz prime burger and the double freshburger (2 patties) combo with the poutine.
Since we knew the restaurant had great meat quality, we asked to have our meat cooked medium rare. The burgers are normally cooked through but the owner gladly accepted our request and told us that the restaurant would redo our meat if it was not to our liking. Little things like this makes a restaurant stand out and we appreciated the service and consideration.
We kept our burger simple with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, onions and pickles with a bit of ketchup and mustard. They weren’t thick patties but were proportionate to the rest of the ingredients. Both burgers were cooked to our liking, the beef was flavourful and extremely juicy.
The poutine however did not stand out to me; the gravy, cheese and fries tasted like a dish I would get at other fast food restaurant chains. Perhaps if I got the fries plain, I would have enjoyed the taste of the crispy hand cut fries.
The Fresh Burger’s philiosophy works. Sometimes I like a complicated burger with all the mumbo jumbo, but when I want a simple burger, this will be my place to go. Thank you for bringing a great burger joint to Richmond Hill. A great joint close to home.