One hungry night this summer, Jong and I found ourselves at Burdock & Co on Main St. We arrived at a civilized dinner hour but we were fortunately seated immediately. It quickly filled up soon after. It's best to come as small group of two or four as seating is limited. They can accommodate larger groups but you'll need to be pretty lucky as it would be the bank of tables along the wall that could serve 6-8.
Per the accolades, I could tell the menu was thoughtfully put together. Interesting combinations of seasonal ingredients, and cuisine influenced from many different methods and cultures such as grilled bacon with egg ramen, alkaline noodles with spicy almond sauce, and sockeye with nasturium and fennel.
We ordered some cocktails and enjoyed the intimate, cool, and chill atmosphere as the food rolled out.
On our table:
- Hazelnut Gomae with fiddle heads, asparagus and pea shoots -$11
- Fresh Sourdough bread with fir tip honey and la pyramide cheese - $15
- Slow Roasted Bison Ribs, Spicy Tomato Glaze, Tahini Yogurt, Charred Green Onion - $21
- Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Onion Pickle, Biscuits - $16
The food was tasty, well presented, and surprising. I enjoyed the spiciness of the Bison Ribs offset by the cool flavours of the yoghurt - a combination I've experienced before with Indian Goan Curry. You'll never catch me saying it again, but truly my favourite was the salad. I left with a new appreciation for peanuts and tender fiddleheads and my vegi-adverse date also enjoyed it too. The fried chicken was hot, juicy and lightly battered - pure sin when drenched in the buttermilk sauce.
Overall, a very nice experience to share with people who enjoy food.It's a little different take on your favourites but comforting if you give it a chance.