As you may have heard, Oliver & Bonacini’s Jump is serving a $34 burger to celebrate NBA All-Star Weekend. Dubbed “The Sir Charles” burger in honour of Charles Barkley’s love for the Toronto Food scene, the enormous burger truly is fit for a Hall-of-Famer.
Yesterday, before it’s availability to the public, the StyleDemocracyFood team had an opportunity to try the burger for ourselves and we were thoroughly impressed.
First off let’s get this out of the way. $34 is expensive for a burger, we agree with you. However, you should know two things. Firstly, the burger can and probably should be divided into two portions making it ideal for sharing. Secondly, the ingredients were of the highest and freshest quality and the labour of love that goes into creating such a monster burger makes it worth it.
Let’s get down to it. Our editor Amanda Phuong and I decided to share the burger, which was totally the right call because although I was able to finish my portion in its entirety, Amanda wasn’t able to. When the burger arrived, I would say that Amanda and I both had a look on our face like we’d actually seen Sir Charles himself. I’m not sure if food can have stature, but this burger truly is in a class of its own.
The 6 oz. fresh cut ground beef patty is stuffed with a pulled pork that was so flavourful I wish it was available as a stand alone. Often when mixing meats, inexperienced cooks will overcook one of the meats. Luckily for us, Jump’s quality is extremely high, and our burger was prepared by Jump’s Chef de Cusine Luke Kennedy who not only came up with the ingredients and execution of the burger we ate but gave us a personal rundown of the ingredients.
The pulled pork stuffed beef patty is topped with crispy pancetta made in house. The pork and the pancetta came from the same pig and is accompanied by Monforte cheddar cheese, a beer battered onion and is served with crispy french fries and a side of nasty mayo – A concoction developed in house that is a special mix of mayo, house made scotch bonnet sauce and seasoning.
So how does the burger actually taste? To tell you the truth, often when burgers are loaded with different meats and toppings it can be overwhelming. Not the case here. I was pleasantly surprised by how well everything complimented each other. The patty with the pulled pork was flavourful, juicy and had the right amount of salt. The pancetta topping was crispy and again could stand alone in its own sandwich. Additionally, I have never had Monforte cheddar before, but I am now a huge fan. I actually went to my local cheese shop afterwards to pick some up. It’s that good. All ingredients were neatly stacked between a beautiful golden bun, soft, yet sturdy enough to hold such a substantial burger.
All in all the burger was amazing and impressive. If I could vote for the MVP of NBA All-Star weekend, it would be this burger.
If you’re a huge burger fan, or looking for some fun food ideas over NBA All-Star Weekend + Valentines day pop into Jump as this burger is a must try and quantities are limited.
from Friday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 14, for $34 (a tribute to Charles Barkley’s number). Bring your A game and honour the legend who dubbed Toronto “one of the best-kept secrets in the world.”
*Burger was provided by Oliver & Bonacini