What’s On Oshawa Contributors Maddie & Kiki headed to Wild Burger, Whitby’s newest purveyor of exotic fare, to sample wild boar, camel, and rabbit.
At least, they tried to. Read on for the full story:
It’s not every day that you come across a restaurant in Ontario that showcases camel on the menu. As gals who work in the not-for-profit sector by day and personally fund our television career by night, travelling to the Middle East isn’t exactly in our budgets. So after hearing that we’d only have to venture to Whitby to try the delicacy, we knew we had to check it out. Obviously, there are some people who would see camel on a menu and immediately cry out, “awwww, how could someone want to eat a cute little camel?”
We are not those people. We are foodies and we want to taste everything…at least once.
Taste: We ordered the wild boar wrapped stuffed jalapenos as an appetizer and craft beer from Cameron’s Brewing Company. The stuffed jalapenos were just your average stuffed jalapenos, but they were drizzled with a cilantro-lime sauce. Now, we don’t know about you guys, but when we hear cilantro-lime sauce, we expect it to make us want to crank up the salsa music, shake some maracas, and break out our best J-Lo moves. After tasting it, we quickly realized we wouldn’t be channeling our inner dance-floor queen after all. The sauce was surprisingly bland, which we never thought we’d be saying about a sauce made up of cilantro and lime, as both of those flavours are NEVER associated with blandness. A little disappointing, but we still had high hopes for the burgers we were so eagerly waiting for.
We ordered the Middle Eastern Camel Burger, the Jerk Rabbit Burger, and the East Coast Crab Burger. We found it difficult to narrow down our choices since the menu sounded so delicious and offered such unique meats. We also ordered the duck fat garlic fries, truffled tater tots, and the sweet potato fries.
After our server left to place our order, we chatted and waited. We chatted and then we waited some more. Then, when we chatted and waited some more, we waited a bit more and chatted a little longer. Seriously, we love each other and could chat with one another until the leafs finally win the Stanley Cup, but when our hunger is on the line and you make us wait, we get hangry…and no one likes us when we’re hangry. Plus, everyone else sitting in the restaurant was becoming irritated at the ridiculously long wait, which made the entire vibe of the restaurant very prickly and uncomfortable.
Our burgers finally arrived over an hour later (one hour and 13 minutes to be exact, but who’s counting). We were hangry, exhausted, and just wanting to sink our teeth into some wild burgers when we realized a few bites in that we were served two of the camel burgers and the east coast crab burger – but the jerk burger was nowhere to be found. We waited that long, and NO jerk rabbit burger?!?!?!
We hate having to complain in a restaurant over an incorrect food order (FACT: In Las Vegas, Maddie once contemplated continuing to eat her linguine Bolognese even after discovering there was a big black beetle in the sauce, just to avoid complaining to the server!).
When our server came back to ask us how the meal was, we kindly let her know that there had been a mistake with our order. She immediately apologized and said she would go check to see what the chefs had to say.
As we sat waiting, AGAIN, we figured the server would come back saying the chef would make us the rabbit burger, possibly to take home.
Nope. She came back saying the chef had instructed us to come back again and try the rabbit burger at that time.
We were in absolute shock. What kind of restaurant lets its customer’s walk away without the meal that they ordered?!
Since we had two of the camel burgers, you would think that we would’ve really gotten a feel for the flavour of the meat. However, since the burgers had so much filler in them, the patty was dry and tasted like breadcrumbs. Clearly the meat had been dulled down with filler ingredients to cut costs, which also lead to the cutting of actual meaty flavour. The crab burger was also dulled down with filler. Adding too much filler to burgers equals a burger catastrophe. Just don’t do it, people!!!
The fries were not good fries. Plain and simple. We even left some fries behind, something that we haven’t done since third grade.
Creativity: The menu is one of the most creative burger menus that we’ve ever seen.
Overall Vibe: The restaurant décor is totally hipster chic. We loved the look of the restaurant as soon as we walked in. Lots of wood and lots of antlers. Very trendy and stylish.
Price: This is the type of burger restaurant that you walk into knowing that you’re going to shell out some major coin, but you’re okay with it. It’s too bad that the quality didn’t match the price in this case.
Speed of Food Arrival: See above…and again, do NOT make us hangry!
Customer Service: We had a server who was new to the role and still unsure about some of the menu options. We get that the restaurant had just opened and that everyone was new and learning, but do NOT ever open a restaurant unless you’re ready to serve customers knowledgeably and dish out meals that are 100% up to standard every single day. Otherwise, you end up with two very unhappy restaurant reviewers who have no other choice but to share a not-so-favourable report.
Worth Returning: We will not be returning to Wild Burger. We wish we would’ve saved the $100 we spent on our meals to put towards a trip to the Middle East to try a REAL camel burger!
Wild Burger is located at 75 Consumers Drive, Whitby.
*This article was republished with permission from Maddie & Kiki Restaurant Reviews.
Maddie and Kiki Longo, best friends since 1988, have been food enthusiasts from the time they were tall enough to reach the kitchen countertop to begin mixing and experimenting with delectable ingredients of all kinds. The two sisters grew up in an Italian household, appreciating all kinds of cuisine and learning that the most important things in life are family and good food. Although the sisters no longer live under the same roof and are separated by a thirty minute car ride, they still spend 90% of their time together. They both work for the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work, they write and produce their hit television show Maddie & Kiki: The Foraging Sisters, they are proud to be ambassadors of Durham Region and are involved in a number of community events. When the sisters aren’t foraging or cooking, you can catch Maddie ‘loving on’ her cat, Little Ricky, and Kiki working on her farm in Kendal.