Despite my porky name when I travel I am a food hunter so when I heard there was a vegan burger joint in Winnipeg I had to go. Boon Burger has been around for a while and there are a couple of locations in Winnipeg. I asked the staff about the regulars, I mean are there that many vegans in Winnipeg? I could see it in Toronto or Vancouver but does Winnipeg have a huge vegan population?
Most of the people who visit Boon Burger aren’t even vegetarian. They just like the food and it happens to be vegan. Cailin and I went for lunch and decided to try a bit of everything and while I can recommend Boon Burger there are some things you should know.
The house Boon Burger with a grilled mushroom-rice patty, mayo, Dijon, red pepper peach chutney, red onion, sliced cucumber, tomato & lettuce is really good. I also really liked the Bombay Talkie Burger has a grilled black bean patty, boon spread, roasted red peppers, sprouts, cucumbers, tomatoes, beets, house dressing, red onion and lettuce. In fact I would call these two great.
The bacun. I don’t know why people try to make fake meat. It doesn’t taste like bacon and it wasn’t needed on the Bombay Talkie Burger as there are so many other sauces. If you are going to eat vegan just let go of the idea of eating meat. It is NEVER good.
We also had a hot dog wrap. I will admit the hot dog did taste like hot dog but why put it in a wrap. It was strange and after I took one bite I only had one more to confirm it was not worth eating.
The poutine and I blame it all on vegan cheese. To be fair they did warn me that the Daiya shredded vegan cheese they usually use was not delivered so they had to grate their own. Big mistake. I have had fake cheese made from crushed cashew and it’s pretty good. But there is something about soy cheese – oh wait I know what it is – it is disgusting.
The cheese smelled and tasted like my wet woolen socks after I have worn them all day.
Verdict: Boon Burger is fantastic as long as you do not try to go down the fake pork or cheese route. Get the Bombay Talkie and thank me later.
Disclosure: I was a guest of Tourism Winnipeg, they did not request that I write a favourable review or have such a lengthy conversation with Boon Burger staff about the disgusting soy cheese, which prompted them to give me a free soy ice cream.