Friday, May 4, 2018

Peaked Pies (Denman)

Peaked Pies Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Peaked Pies is basically two components: A hand-holdable pie + topping. The topping is the "Peaked" gimmick and I'd treat it as such for your money's worth.

Peak-ing a pie (up to +$3.50)
  • You basically get mashed potato, mushy green peas, and gravy if you go for the full "Peak" treatment, but you can also get these components separately.
  • The peas are just green peas mashed. Nothing special, nothing seasoned.
  • The mashed potato is also just mashed potato. Nothing special, nothing seasoned, and as a result also terribly bland. Plus what I got was slightly gummy, which is not a fresh-feeling mashed potato texture.
  • Overall, I'd say this is not really worth it EXCEPT if you don't want to splurge fully for two pies and want a more filling meal portion, because potato and peas can do that for you. You do get a good scoop of peas, like one generous ice cream scoop. A bit more potato. And definitely not quite enough gravy even though it looks like a lot.
  • If you are feeling spendy, I'd go for two pies instead of Peaking one.
Pies
  • They don't look quite like the picture-perfect-proportioned oven-fresh golden brown pies on the website, and depending on which one you choose they might be flatter and browner (but not burnt).
  • Also, the crust is chewy and not flaky, which probably makes it easier to pick up and eat in your hand like a burger. However the chewy crust made cutting it more like smushing it, so that actually didn't pair well with peaking at all.
  • Overall, price for taste and portion is actually really decent! -- If you compare it with, say, a burger since the pies weigh in at well under $10 without peas or potatoes. Each pie should be pretty filling for the meat content which probably weighs in at slightly more than a burger patty.
  • For a dine-in, the pie wasn't hot or not heated up enough (?)  And I feel this made a big difference.
The Hopper ($7.95 + $3.50 optional peaking) ground kangaroo in a cabernet merlot balsamic reduction
  • If you're hoping for a novel taste for exotic meat, don't buy this. You'll get a bit of gamey flavour over the flavour of the balsamic reduction. IF you can experience the meat at all it seems pretty close to ground beef in taste and texture. Otherwise pretty tasty.
2018-May-3 Peaked Pies (Denman) - Hopper, Peaked

2018-May-3 Peaked Pies (Denman) - Hopper, Peaked

Lemon Meringue ($3.95)
  • Tastes like lemon meringue!
  • Crust on top was strangely sticky and chewy like a toasted marshmallow.
2018-May-3 Peaked Pies (Denman) - Lemon Meringue

2018-May-3 Peaked Pies (Denman) - Lemon Meringue

2018-May-3 Peaked Pies (Denman) - Lemon Meringue

ANZAC Biscuit ($1.75)
  • Pretty pricey for a cultural novelty that tastes like an oatmeal cookie with coconut and with the clear sweet flavour of syrup.
2018-May-3 Peaked Pies (Denman) - ANZAC Cookie

2018-May-3 Peaked Pies (Denman) - ANZAC Cookie

Bright clean space, communal table, and even the novelty of a self-serve counter.

2018-May-3 Peaked Pies (Denman)

2018-May-3 Peaked Pies (Denman)

2018-May-3 Peaked Pies (Denman)

2018-May-3 Peaked Pies (Denman)

2018-May-3 Peaked Pies (Denman)

2018-May-3 Peaked Pies (Denman)

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Tonight for Tomorrow - @MealShareTeam Third Annual Fundraiser



Find a Mealshare Restaurant
on Zomato!
On May 9th, @MealshareTeam will be having their third annual fundraiser - Tonight for Tomorrow!

Participating restaurants across #Vancouver, #Calgary, #Ottawa, and #Austin will be teaming to help fight hunger with hunger!

Visit a restaurant for an evening of purposeful dining where every $1 dollar spent on food, $1 will be donated to Mealshare to help grow their program!
See the list here: www.mealshare.ca/tft

Calcutta

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

KFC Belgian Waffle Double Down

KFC Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Until April-29th you can get KFC's "Double Down" -- two slabs of chicken breast meat sandwiching something. In this Canadian iteration, it's a belgian waffle.
Should you get it?

The baseline version is sauced with maple aioli but I was offered the choice of spicy sauce. Tomato is extra. The drink and side combo is actually optional, so if you like you can just get the Double Down on its own for $8.69.

  • For the price if you're comparing it to other burgers you basically get twice the amount of meat and does work out to a fairly filling meal on its own.
  • Chicken slabs were probably under the heat lamp till assembled and definitely not as flavourful or juicy as a freshly fried piece of KFC. But otherwise the meat is actually tender and moist. It's also unclear whether it's actually feasible to give you two piping hot pieces of fried chicken since you'd be hard pressed to properly pick it up as a burger.
  • The waffle in the middle is tender, a bit chewy, and sweet on top of being dusted with sugar.
  • The amount of maple aioli is fair but obviously hard to distribute properly no thanks to the waffle grid.
  • As burger composition goes, I found the sweetness of the waffle to interfere too much with the savory chicken crust, which wasn't exceptionally strong or salty. Normally a good thing (not too much sodium!) except the waffle quite overpowers the Double Down.
Overall, for the limited time novelty you can try it and the price is okay for a fairly filling portion. But if you're looking for tasty chicken go with plain freshly fried KFC instead.

Staff are probably trained to be mechanically aggressive with upsell to combos and extras so be ready for that. Not pushy about it if you decline though. More like making sure it gets mentioned.


2018-Apr-24 KFC - belgian waffle Double Down

2018-Apr-24 KFC - belgian waffle Double Down

2018-Apr-24 KFC - belgian waffle Double Down