Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Skip bar snacks at Steel Toad

Steel Toad Brewpub and Dining Hall Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Just back from a little get-together at the Steel Toad near Main Street Skytrain Station. Nice airy space with very high ceilings. Tables a bit narrow especially if they are going to seat you opposite someone else, so full-on dinners for everyone can be tricky.

I went with just drinks and test a couple of interesting-sounding items on the menu... which sadly didn't turn out so interesting, so I don't know if I'd go back for mains.

Free WiFi! Look in the drinks menu near the bottom for the password.

Chips & Dip ($5) beer salt crisps with roasted garlic chip dip
  • Salting very inconsistent.
  • Random chips may taste oily.
  • Chips generally large and in good shape. Presentation good. No crumbs or broken chips on the plate.
  • Beer salt? Don't be swayed -- tasted like deep fried chips with a dusting of salt. Sometimes too much on the chip and you get a sudden salty overload.
  • Dip was garlicky and OK. Not quite enough for the plate of chips.
2016-Aug-30 Steel Toad - beer salt crisp

Dickie's Ginger Beer ($4) fresh lemons, cane sugar, real ginger
  • Glass mostly ice. FAIL.
  • Maybe because there was so much ice, it tasted watery.
  • Where's my ginger bite?
  • Cheap except you're mostly paying for ice.
  • Worse than getting a lemonade.
2016-Aug-30 Steel Toad - virgin ginger beer

2016-Aug-30 Steel Toad - bar snacks menu

2016-Aug-30 Steel Toad - menu

2016-Aug-30 Steel Toad - menu

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Pourhouse veggie option

Pourhouse Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Back to Pourhouse! I had a sort of lacklustre experience last time, but I still have credit on my gift card, so I found another friend to come along. This time, I went for the veggie options. I was curious to try their vegetarian burger, but other things ended up intriguing me more. Maybe on my last attempt I'll get the burger.

Cauliflower Steak ($22) Stewed Lentils, Romesco Sauce, Crispy Kale (V)
  • Looked really promising at first, but it just tedious later. The orange-red sauce was pretty tasty though. Could have used much more of it.
  • The cauliflower chunk was pretty plain and very firm at the base of the stem.
  • The slight browning looked promising but there wasn't really any aroma or flavour from it.
  • Crispy kale deep fried and obviously you can't get away from the oiliness. Fun to eat but eat it with the cauliflower to mask the oil.
  • A lot less sauce to use than it looks because there isn't as much underneath and I basically ran out. And there were tons more lentils to make things more tedious.
  • Overall, interesting idea but not really that tasty. More sauce would have helped but less than halfway through and I was already tired of eating it.
  • Large portion, but for what it is, feels overpriced.
2016-Aug-16 Pourhouse - Cauliflower Steak

2016-Aug-16 Pourhouse - Cauliflower Steak

2016-Aug-16 Pourhouse - Cauliflower Steak (underneath)

Gnocchi ($14) Fried Quail Egg, Pecorino, Black Peppercorn (V)
  • Not my order so I only tried a bit of this.
  • Very peppery!
  • Gnocchi bits very tender, almost like mashed potato. Interesting for not being the usual firm bites.
2016-Aug-16 Pourhouse - Gnocchi

Lobster Mushroom Chowder ($10 special of the day) lobster mushrooms, bacon.
  • I think larger chunks of the lobster mushroom would have made it look like lobster tail (or take a large chunk, shape it and score it into a tail?) but the colour is fairly good and my dining companion was impressed by the lobster-ness.
  • Nice touch with the dill.
  • Overall a decent chowder except it was I think too salty, masking any richness that may have been there.
  • Price OK to good for $10.
  • Sadly this had bacon. Otherwise I think it would have made for a lovely vegetarian soup.
2016-Aug-16 Pourhouse - Lobster Mushroom Chowder

2016-Aug-16 Pourhouse - Lobster Mushroom Chowder

My friend's Albacore Tuna Nicoise ($15)

2016-Aug-16 Pourhouse - Albacore Tuna Nicoise

Thursday, August 4, 2016

@BostonPizza $5 Fan Appreciation Day Mon-Aug-8

Just got this e-mail today. NOTE THE FINE PRINT! -- "Valid for dine-in only on August 8th, 2016. *Create-Your-Own Pizza is limited to maximum of 4 toppings. "

Join us in-store for Fan Appreciation Day! 

As a thank you for being a Fan of Boston Pizza, we’re serving up $5 Individual Pizzas all day on Monday, August 8th! 

It’s not a National Holiday… but maybe it should be. 

Whether you’re a Fan of our Spicy Perogy Pizza, Viva Italia, or want to create-your own* on Fan Appreciation Day you can get them all for only $5! It’s our way of saying Thanks For Being A Fan.

Find a Boston Pizza

Valid for dine-in only on August 8th, 2016. *Create-Your-Own Pizza is limited to maximum of 4 toppings.

2016-Aug-8 $5 Boston Pizza