When we arrived at Sir John's, they were seated at capacity. The waiter's were very courteous and were so apologetic about the fact that we had to wait for a table. However we did not have to wait long.
I ordered the Angus Burger and Caesar salad for $14. We did not have to wait long for our orders in spite of a full house. Before any mention of the burger I have to comment on the Caesar salad. It was created in the traditional way a Caesar Salad is SUPPOSED to be made. Fresh romaine in a creamy (not too much) dressing with LOADS of real smokey bacon, delicious croutons and generous shavings of real parmesan cheese... I was in heaven right then and there. The meal also came with a side of crispy delicious marinated slaw. It was a classic bacon cheese burger assembled with a hand-packed Angus beef patty, a slice of tomato, lettuce, dill pickles, rings of red onion, mushrooms, strips of smokey bacon and melted cheese.
I'm embarrassed to say that I'm not usually a fan of burgers that have a huge patty. That's until I had this burger. A generous amount of beef with not a lot of filler. The meat was flavoured with an amazing array of spices (garlic, cracked pepper, rosemary, and oregano to name a few). It was cooked perfectly with ample juiciness complemented with a fresh bun. The smokiness of the bacon added flavour "to die for".
So that's my take on Sir John's... nice ambiance, great, friendly service and it's fairly obvious that I really liked this burger!
Now I probably shouldn't do this but I have to mention that in our first visit to Sir John's, we had both ordered the Aberdeen Angus Burger Plate and there was one element of that early burger that was missing from this current version... home made lime zest mayonnaise! Wow... it was delicious. We loved it so much that it has become a favourite we often make at home. (Jo did mention to the Chef this evening, how much we loved that element of the previous burger and here's wishing, it makes a return.)
Now I can't stop without adding a little more of our experience and more to the point... what we will be ordering the next time we visit Sir John's. As Jo mentioned we struck up a conversation with a nice couple from Syracuse NY who are frequent visitors to our city. They both took advantage of the $20 all inclusive meal Jo mentioned earlier. But, I have to add a little more to that fact. For appetizers, he ordered the Scotch Egg plate and she the Deep Fried Haggis Fritters. Both looked fantastic and in our conversations back and forth... our neighbours thoroughly enjoyed every bite. For their main course, he had Balmoral Bangers and Mash while she had the Highland Lamb Shank and again... rave reviews all around. Yes, they both had a dessert course as well but Jo and I had to get going to the K-Rock and missed our new found friends' dessert review. So yes, we will be returning and I can taste that lamb shank already!