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Relish Gourmet Burgers

Relish Gourmet Burgers, 9 – 11
Waldegrave Street, 709 – 579 – 5743

Style: Gourmet Burgers
Price: $10 – $30
Rating 3 out of 5

Relish Gourmet Burgers is one of the latest national restaurant chains to show up in St. John’s. With locations in major cities across Canada, it was only a matter of time before Relish set up shop. When it was announced that Relish would be coming here, the opening became hotly anticipated, much like when Smoke’s Poutinerie opened. Relish recently launched to much fan fare in a colourful location on Waldegrave Street in the west side of the downtown core. It has been routinely packed with patrons ever since.



Relish has a fast paced, and casual atmosphere upon entry, like a cross between a short order diner and a stylish eatery. Service is very relaxed and ordering your meal is similar to how one would order at a fast food place, you pick your meal, order and pay up front. The cashier takes your name, that is how orders are identified, and you simply sit and wait for it to be ready. The space itself is bright and modernly decorated, with large front windows to let in the light. Seating is a bit sparse and limited though, making it a bit tricky at peak times. This is due to city fire regulations and little can be done about it. My suggestion would be to have built in booths in lieu of free standing tables to make the most of limited space and seat more customers who wish to eat in.

Relish has a nice selection of burgers on their menu and plenty of options for varying diets. The buns they use are gluten free, and patties are available in angus beef, turkey, and veggie varieties that can serve as the base for any one of their topping combos. As with other Relish locations across Canada, there is a signature burger reflecting local culinary culture. For St. John’s, Relish created the Sunday Dinner Burger, an innovative take on the local staple meal. Featuring pulled salt beef, a carrot, turnip and cabbage coleslaw, and a pease pudding puree, it is a runaway hit, with fans of the classic Newfoundland dish looking for a twist on their old favorite.

For my introduction to Relish, I tried the Harvest Jazz and selected a turkey patty for it. It was topped with creamy brie, pesto, and caramelized onions, a fantastic combination worlds beyond typical burger toppings, My dining companion had The Great One, which is a bacon cheeseburger. He was most impressed with the size and quality , particularly the angus beef patty. Both burgers were topped with a length-wise dill pickle slice and all burgers at Relish feature their signature relish, which is made with beets and has that brilliant beet colour, it looks rather unusual but it tastes great and compliments the different burger combinations. We both rounded out our meals with fries, which unfortunately were not fresh handcut but were instead frozen. Though they were still quite tasty and of good quality, it was a little disappointing. On the other hand, Relish is an extremely busy restaurant so one can see why they would use frozen sides to save time. My dining companion actually really loved the fries and many more in the establishment seemed to as well. There are other sides available as well besides fries, onion rings and sweet potato fries being the most popular. Drinks are available by the bottle instead of by soda fountain and include everything from cola to water and juice.

Relish Gourmet is certainly worth a visit if you want a unique tasting burger. It’s pricey, but the overall quality of the actual burgers are pretty high. Relish is still in its infancy in St. John’s and in time I’m sure it will find its rhythm in terms of the menu, service, and the space itself. The staff and ownership are strong and care about doing their best to satisfy customers expectations. Relish Gourmet Burgers is open seven days a week from 11:30am – 9:00pm.


By:Vanessa Wade

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