I went to the reincarnation of Fuel yesterday, now known as Refuel. This Vancouver establishment is well known amongst locals for serving quality local cuisine matched with an impressive beer and wine menu. I was beginning to tire of recommending Fuel/Refuel based solely on other’s opinions – I have read so many great reviews that I felt almost as if I had actually eaten there and was comfortable enough to recommend Refuel to some of my food loving friends with an interest in craft beer. Now that I have actually visited Refuel I am pleased to say that my recommendation still stands.
Fuel started out serving locally sourced food to hungry Vancouverites a number of years ago and quickly became a local favourite. Following the recent economic recession, Fuel began to realized that their customers would appreciate the same great food but at a more wallet friendly price. Fuel closed down and re-launched as the more affordable Refuel; the food may be slightly less “sophisticated”, but still delicious, which aside from sustenance and survival is really the reason for eating.
After looking through the menu and the great local beer list I ended up with Vancouver Island Brewing’s Herman’s Dark Lager and a juicy medium rare burger. Yes, that is correct, burger served medium rare and no I am not sick and yes it was delicious. I had to resist the Polderside fried chicken which I have read so much about, but irrelevant of how amazing the other menu items look, including fried chicken, all I really want to eat is a burger with melted cheese and bacon. It also helped that the fries were hand cut and made fresh. The food was delicious, the beer menu was well thought out and that atmosphere was unpretentiously welcoming.
Thank you Refuel for serving a burger made with care that for once is not overcooked and for offering quality local beer that a beer loving food enthusiast can get excited about.