East Vancouver Eats: Burgers at Fray on Fraser
After undergoing some changes at the restaurant, Fray is now more of a burger joint . They still have my favourite appetizers, the Portobello Fries, jenga-style no less. They are thick portobello strips double fried to a crispy exterior. The interior is crazy juicy, and these are definitely a must-try.
We tried three of their sandwiches, starting with the Mondo burger. This was served open faced, so you can clearly see the bacon, cheese & mushrooms. As expected, there is also lettuce, tomato and a smear of chipotle lime mayo on the other half of the bun. The burger tasted quite good, all the flavours coming together quite nicely. It’s what you would expect of a bacon, cheese burger. The best part is the bacon is not chopped up, and the two strips are
We also tried the Fraser Valley Shrimpboat. It’s a scoop of baby shrimp and red peppers salad, placed atop of some Pacific Smoked salmon and cucumbers. There was a touch more mayo than I liked, but you could actually see the shrimp inside. The addition of crispy capers gave the soft sandwich a nice bit of texture. We also got the Rosemary Chips that came with her entree, but they were more like taro chips than potato chips, very thick-cut.
I decided to go for the Whistler Burger, essentially the same thing as the Mondo burger, but with two topping additions. There was a fried egg & a few slices of beets. Not being a huge fan, that was swiftly removed. I’ve been told that this is an Aussie-style burger and they do put beets in their burgers! Instead of the basic lettuce/tomato that sat on the top of my bun, I put the lightly dressed greens there instead. It’s a tastier way to eat your veggies! I do like how they toasted their buns, but it was still too much bread for me. Located near Fraser & King Edward, Fray has one of the lowest corkage fee in the city at just $5.
3980 Fraser Street
Tuesday – Thursday: 11am-10:30pm
Saturday: 9am-4pm, 5pm-12am
Sunday: 9am-4pm, 5pm-10:30pm
Monday: Closed for private events, fundraisers, parties