What does a normal and responsible person do when they have to be up at 5:30 the next morning? They sleep. They probably sleep around 9:00PM.
They’re smart, those people.
Not me – I go for burgers at 9PM. That IS smart in a way, though, since burgers at Bin 4 Burger Lounge are half off after 9!
Who really needs sleep when there are burgers to be eaten?
I think this might also be a great time to admit that so far as a vegan, I haven’t been the healthiest one on the block. I aspire to one day (soon) be the vegan that makes all my food from scratch. I also aspire to never eat processed foods again… but that part might take a while. Right now it’s winter on the west coast and even though that means a particularly mild one – I’m still finding myself tucked under blankets waiting for the spring. And because of this, I’m also craving comfort foods.
A friend of mine recently moved to the island and wanted to go for a late night bite. That’s when I thought of a post from Bin 4 on their Facebook page announcing that they now offer vegan buns. YES. Burger night it was!
There are two options for vegan burgers at Bin 4:
1. The “Mr. Bean” whose patty is made from chick peas, black beans, cumin, almonds, quinoa, corn and curry aioli. Fresh cilantro, lettuce, tomato, and red onion on top.
2. The “Ginger Soy Tofu” which has fried tofu and sweet corn red pepper & jalapeno salsa, cilantro, crispy wontons, sesame ginger soy drizzle, jalapeno aioli, lettuce, tomato and red onion on top.
I went with the Mr. Bean (side note: This patty is usually made with goat cheese – ask for it to be made without!) and opted for the house salad. That’s when I found out that all of their salad dressings have either honey or yogurt in them… which initially was a little disappointing, but ordered oil and balsamic vinegar instead. The house salad has romaine and arugula lettuce, red pepper, cucumber, and pumpkin seeds. I also made sure with my server that there wouldn’t be mayo or butter added to the burger and put an avocado on top instead!
I loved the burger – great flavour and the patty was firm enough that it didn’t fall apart easily. The avocado on top also paired really nicely with it. The salad was enjoyable – really fresh tasting and I really liked that there were a generous amount of pumpkin seeds!
THOSE BUNS THOUGH!! Bin 4 Burger Lounge has their buns supplied by Irene’s Bakery here in Victoria. They’re soft and just exactly how you would want your burger bun to be! After trying them out, I’m making a mental note to stop by Irene’s to pick up a bag or two.
The atmosphere was laid back, yet modern and service was prompt. I also really appreciated that our server knew that honey in dressings meant that they weren’t vegan! My only complaint is maybe that it can be a little loud at times with the music, TV’s and the crowd, but really that’s to be expected almost anywhere you go. I give Bin 4 Burger Lounge or 4/5.
I’ll be back next week trying out a recipe from the “Oh She Glows Everyday” cookbook by Angela Liddon. Looking forward to it as I’ve heard great things about her recipes!
Hope everyone has had a great week,