Toma Burger Addiction
Toma Burger Addiction is a new burger joint with a French twist. After years of running La Reef, a seaside restaurant in Southern France, Chef Thomas Sedille and his soon-to-be wife were looking for a new challenge. Why not burgers? To begin, all buns are handmade daily by the chef. But these are not the squishy white buns available at your local grocer. Instead, they're a brioche style, milk bun that's so damn tasty, I could write an entire article about them alone (If only my editor would allow such a thing).
Almost all ingredients are made in house from the unique San Marzano ketchup, which is more like a vinegary marinara sauce, to the classic French compotes and chutney that rest atop each juicy patty. Speaking of patties, you'll only find Canadian Angus prime rib here, which means your burger will be cooked the right way - juicy, slightly crumbly and medium rare.
We start with the Neapolitan ($15.99), which is topped with Prosciutto di Parma, fresh Mozzarella di Bufala and the previously mentioned San Marzano ketchup. If the ingredients sound familiar, it's because they are the chef's way of paying tribute to his love for Italian food, and more specifically, a Neapolitan friend back home.
Next is the Las Vegas ($19.99, lead photo), which features indulgent ingredients such as Kobe beef, truffle aioli, fleur de sel, and creamy French Brie. If you're wondering about the name, the chef claims this is what you'd eat if you hit the jackpot in Sin City. I'm not sure about that, but upon first bite you'll feel like you just hit the jackpot in Toronto.
But the showstopper undoubtedly goes to the reasonably priced, mind-blowing flavours of the El Diablo ($12.99). This gem of a burger is made with Swiss cheese, chipotle mayo, double smoked bacon, and caramelized onions. Each ingredient perfectly complements the next as the burger begins to melt in your mouth.
The burgers are not accompanied by sides but rest assured there are plenty delights to choose from. One example being the house-cut frites drizzled with truffle oil or the gargantuan Mac 'n' Cheese topped with double smoked bacon.
If you're looking to wash down all that meat, try the Spiced Pear Mojito ($9) or the red or white sangria ($11), which tastes astonishingly close to the kind I used to enjoy on my drunken trips to Barcelona. Of course, they're French so the restaurant wouldn't be complete without a respectable wine list. Toma's is small, yet well executed and you can order all wines by the glass, half-litre or bottle.
Toma Burger Addiction is open 7 days a week from 11am-11pm. And yes, vegetarians, there is a meatless option for you.
Photos by Jesse Milns