I was really expecting this burger to suck like a jet engine, but it's surprisingly decent—forgive me if I don't expect much from a restaurant that caters to tourists and has the word "Local" in its title. This restaurant does feature locally sourced ingredients (and local beers) on its menu, but—given the location of this place—the moniker still seems a little contrived to me. Is the name "Local Kitchen" really tricking tourists into thinking this restaurant has built up a successful report with Victoria diners? I mean you might as well call the place "Hometown Haunt Bar and Grill" and name all your appetizers after street names and local luminaries. Anyway, I apologise for judging this place so harshly before actually giving it a try; the burger here is not nearly as boring as the name of this place would suggest it is.
Here's the review:
Shortly after my burger came to the table I noticed what appeared to be a fleck of fennel idling on the bun. I didn't notice the flavour of fennel in this package, but there was definitely something slightly different about the way the patty was spiced (a house mixture that is more than salt and pepper, but still subtle enough that it won't annoy you). The bun in this package is quite thin, and is barely noticeable in terms of flavour. I won't say this is a bad thing, it just makes things a tad confusing when an uncultured foodie like me is trying to determine where flavours are coming from. A more substantial bun may have balanced things out a little better, but the current choice doesn't degrade this unit too much.
The patty is topped with Applewood Cheddar and some well-balanced bacon: the fatty edges of the bacon delightfully dissolve on your tongue like the centre of a Fizz-Pop candy. Veges are fresh, and are mixed with a traditional aioli style house sauce: nothing wrong with the helpers here. This burger is infinitely better than what's being served up across the street at Wharfside, and it probably just edges out the option across the square at Darcy's. There are a number of pub burgers I'd place above the burger at "Local", but it's still not a bad option if you're looking for a decent pub burger downtown.
VERDICT: A surprisingly pleasant burger at a price that hasn't been inflated nearly as much as you would expect it to be.