I have taken my time getting around to visit Boon because word of mouth seems to be split exactly 50/50 (in my circle of friends vs the high ratings it routinely gets online). I have also been avoiding due to high volume of talk about worker treatment. This visit was to the newish 141 Bannatyne Ave location in The Exchange.
Nice atmosphere and food presented very well. I had a Buffalo Burger with fries for almost $14 dollars. "Burger" was delicious but unable to maintain it's cohesion and it discombobulated. Still tasted great, needed to eat with fork though. No problemo but I saw someone else with another kind of burger having same issue. One bite, two bites, then a "slorp" as burger smooshes out of the bun into a pile of messy yum. The taste is something that would convince a meat eater that you can in fact have an fabulous tasting meat free burger. The place is marketed as a "burger cafe" but what I ended up with was more of a vegan sloppy joe.
Fries were thin and crunchy. Again, presented very well, piled high and artsy with sesame seeds. With less than 40 edible fries for $3.75, that were ok at best to eat, I wouldn't order them again or recommend. I saw some beautiful looking salads on other tables, will try them as a side if I ever go back.
Nice renovated old building space. Joint only had a couple of customers but empty tables only tidy, not clean (grease and crumbs apparent on all). The plethora of condiment bottles all looked and felt a little on the grungy side too. For my $14 burger experience I expect sparkling cleanliness.
I myself have gone Vegan and appreciate Boon for that reason alone. However, for what I got for the price I feel it was not the best value for money. Most other Vegans and the trendy crowd are happy to pay the hipster tax and do indeed sing Boon's praises but while the basic taste of the burger was great, all the other components of the experience were average.
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