The Pink Bicycle Gourmet Burger Joint
1008 Blanshard Street
One of our regular dining spots when we are at Victoria is The Pink Bicycle – a “hole in the wall” known for its gourmet burgers. Over the years, I have come to accept that the phrase “gourmet burgers” (in nearly all practical terms) is an oxymoron. Way too many places are using this label to differentiate themselves from the rest…and nearly all of them fall flat. The Pink Bicycle, though not flawless in its execution, is one of the rare places that succeeds.
All their burgers are made with naturally raised and/or organic meat. Their beef burger is made from naturally pastured Hereford cows sourced from a local producer on the Island. This type of beef is often much leaner than the typical grain or corn fed beef. The resultant burger tends to be “drier” in texture. This burger isn’t any different – it is indeed dry, but it had a good intensely “beefy” flavour that most burgers these days lack. The texture is also a bit different than usual. The cooks here “flatten” their burgers on their flattop griddle..resulting in a squished, slightly dense and shredded texture.
The toppings are quite good – especially the cheese which is a locally produced smoked cheddar and their secret “Pink Bike” sauce (which to me tastes like homemade Thousand Island dressing.). The fries are hand-cut from Kennebek potatoes which seem to be the de rigueur premium fry potato. The star of the show is their onion rings. The beer batter insures a light and a nicely caramelized coating over the thick slices of onion.
Wash it all down with a beer from the local craft brewery Phillips or one of the many premium sodas and your visit here is complete.