It was another weekend and another burger joint tackled by Toxic Ways and pals. We decided to find a restaurant close to our theater as we were watching Paranormal Activity 3 and decided on iBurger. The hype of the restaurant was the fact it had touchscreen menus and is modern burger place. After touching away on the screen, eating another burger and getting ready to be scared out of our seats, there was a feeling to the restaurant that we couldn’t get over. The bright screens and low lights set the perfect atmosphere for a burger place downtown and we had one bright idea about the place when we left.
Let’s start out with the scenery and vibe of the restaurant. The restaurant is located on a quite road which makes its nice and quiet to eat at. You walk in and the place is very modern with its chairs, bar, tv’s and mostly their tables. The touchscreen tables look like the 80’s arcade machines and you just touch where you want for your order. This is what drew us in to the restaurant. Touchscreen menus are a big thing with the whole tablet market going crazy right now but if you are going in looking for the functionality of a tablet, you are going to be disappointed. The tables are not really touch friendly and you have to use two fingers to get the screens to react to you. It’s great to see the idea but as the start of any great piece of technology, there are going to be some bugs. Great idea but it will take time to perfect, why not just use iPads instead?
Service is the big question mark at this restaurant as they seemed overly aggressive and gave us attitude for coming in a group when the place was nearly empty. We understand that they couldn’t really move tables around as there are heavy and wired in but the paying customer should be treated with respect. Speaking of respect, the waiter even accidently hit one of our authors when trying to explain how the tables to work. The waiters come around to bring you your food or drinks but that’s about it. So then the next question we had is how do you tip? You tip based on the service you are given but when all they do is give you attitude and bring you your food, it’s hard to choose.
Now onto the juicy part of the review, the food which is the guts and glory of any restaurant review. Most of us ordered a burger of course but some also tried out the pizza. They had several options for burgers which also uniquely included a sushi burger and salmon burger. We had a mix of order from the Spicy Burger, to the Angus Burger, Veggie pizza and a lamb burger. The food took a little while to come but with 8 orders to make, we could look pass it. When the food finally came, we dug in and cleared our plates. The food was nothing special in the end and we’ve had better burgers at restaurants nearby. The pizza was like cardboard and even tasted burnt. In the end, no one really liked their food. We walked out wishing there was a McDonalds nearby to eat something quick before our movie.
The screens are the only thing that made this restaurant interesting and after the meal, we wanted to leave just as fast as we made the choice to go there. The food was just food and not worth the average price of 25$ per plate. We all walked out of their thinking about how bad it was and that it should be called rBurger…damn Ripoff. We know burgers are the trendy item right now but being able to make them right and include them into the whole experience is what counts. The lounge feeling was nice to sit in but when the main feature of the restaurant is the table and not the food, you know you’re in the wrong place. We would give the restaurant a 4/10 and most of the marks come from trying to be unique. The place needs to rethink several of menu items, prices and service before moving onwards. Another burger joint bites the dust!