Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Free burger from @RedRobinBurgers Royalty

Red Robin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato All this week, Red Robin Royalty members got a promotion every day -- Tuesday was a free Tavern Burger (your choice from their Tavern Burger lineup, comes with bottomless fries as usual) with $10 purchase.
Didn't want to overeat, so I dragged my burger buddy along!

For our purchase, their limited time Bee's Knees Finest Chicken caught my eye and of course I had to try a burger made with Belgian Waffles!

The Bee's Knees ($14.69, served with bottomless steak fries) all-natural, crispy, tempura-fried chicken breast glazed in Angry Orchard® honey, spicy jalapeño relish, citrus-marinated tomatoes and onions with shredded romaine on a Belgian waffle bun
  • Smallish looking burger but stacked tall -- watch out as it may be tricky to actually pick up and eat.
  • Generously thick chicken breast was nicely done, came hot and meat was moist.
  • Jalapeno is actually spicy-hot but doesn't linger on the tongue, so take a chance on it. If you don't like it, you probably just remove the slice of waffle on which it is spread.
  • Interesting complex flavour with sweet waffle, hot relish, citrusy vinaigrette, and savory meat all together. If you're looking for something interesting I recommend you give this a try.
2017-Apr-25 Red Robin - The Bee's Knees

2017-Apr-25 Red Robin - The Bee's Knees

2017-Apr-25 Red Robin - The Bee's Knees

2017-Apr-25 Red Robin - The Bee's Knees

Fiery Ghost Tavern Double (normally $10.49, served with bottomless steak fries) Fiery Ghost® pepper sauce, pepper-jack cheese, tomato, lettuce, fried jalapeño coins, and fresh jalapeño
  • Looked nothing like the ad copy (of course) and on par with McDonald's burger construction, which is pretty sad.
  • Almost sent it back as a wrong order because I couldn't find any "jalapeno coins" initially. But we looked hard and eventually found one, smushed up and barely recognizable.
  • Came lukewarm, cheese already hardened, gumming the two thin burgers together.
  • Sad to look at, but strangely tasty thanks to the burger patties.
2017-Apr-25 Red Robin - Fiery Ghost Tavern Double

2017-Apr-25 Red Robin - Fiery Ghost Tavern Double

2017-Apr-25 Red Robin - Fiery Ghost Tavern Double

2017-Apr-25 Red Robin - Fiery Ghost Tavern Double

We walked in well after any sort of dinner rush maybe around 8pm. Service was prompt, kitchen was pretty fast, staff friendly and patient. No attempt to upsell us or push us into more orders.

Thanks to the special promotion, these two burger with endless fries option was just under $16, which is a pretty decent deal no matter what they look like.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sous Vide - A juicier steak done better

Not using a grill for delicious steak? Atrocity!

Unless you've heard of sous vide -- and if you watched the movie Burnt, you'd have had it slapped in your face as the modern way of cooking meat in a scene of overt product placement. News: Searing meat to cook it is primitive.

Not too sure what sous vide is? I came across a great article on sous vide that doesn't just tell you why you might want to try it but handholds you if you want to get started. Check it out at Sous Vide Wizard!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Cheese Bread at Strange Fellows

Strange Fellows Brewery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato After Kishimoto my dining buddy and I went for a walk and detoured here aftetr -- no lie -- seeing one of the Strange Fellows Brewery cars. My friend was thinking of a beer, and voila! the car appears and we figured it might be going to a brewery nearby.

I'm not a drinker, so take that into account when I review the strange eats here. They offer a Caramelized Cheese Bread that's really more cheese than bread. The veggie one has token veggie (one shrivelled stick of asparagus you can't even taste).

My friend and her beer agree the saltiness helps with the beer.
For me, this was two parts -- cheese cracker and token bread.
Cheese part was salty salty salty.
Bread was a sort of croissant? Puff pasty? Anyway, really light and flaky. Don't try to tear chunks off. Trim the cheese around it then pick it up and eat it. Sweet chili sauce here made it edible.

For $5.25 this is more of a pricey novelty and to have some cheese crackers. Don't buy a couple hoping it'll add up to a burger.

Nice space, friendly staff, eye-straining menu behind the counter on the wall.

Small art gallery inside at the back!

2017-Apr-21 Strange Fellows Brewery

2017-Apr-21 Strange Fellows Brewery

2017-Apr-21 Strange Fellows Brewery

2017-Apr-21 Strange Fellows Brewery

2017-Apr-21 Strange Fellows Brewery

2017-Apr-21 Strange Fellows Brewery

2017-Apr-21 Strange Fellows Brewery - cheese bread, on the bottom

Kishimoto

Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen & Sushi Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Been a long time since I went to Kishimoto on Commercial, long enough to have forgotten what I had there. There's still a perpetual lineup so try to get there shortly before opening if possible.

Sauteed Mushrooms (daily special; $11) hon-shimeji, king oyster, maitake, shiitake, and crimini sauteed in tamari butter
  • First bites strangely delicious. When it was down to the tiny bits, butteriness was of course faint. Maybe try to eat this in large bites using a spoon instead of having to finish with boring small bits on the plate.
2017-Apr-21 Kishimoto - sauteed mushrooms

Mamenoki Roll ($10.95) edamame, carrot, asparagus, cornflakes, wrapped in avocado
  • I was intrigued by this because of the cornflakes, which I'd hoped would give a good crunch. Sadly, it barely registered.
  • Overall quite bland tasting. for once I used some soy on a sushi roll.
2017-Apr-21 Kishimoto - mamenoki roll, dynamite roll (right)

2017-Apr-21 Kishimoto - mamenoki roll

2017-Apr-21 Kishimoto - mamenoki roll

2017-Apr-21 Kishimoto - mamenoki roll

Salmon Oshisushi ($13.95) wild salmon, jalapeno, creamy sauce, cracked black pepper, torch seared
  • Watch out for that jalapeno slice on top because it packs an explosion of heat. Thankfully it won't linger on the tongue too long. The sushi bite is tasty enough without the jalapeno or just a bit of it.
  • Definitely a smokiness bordering on burnt thanks to the searing on top.
2017-Apr-21 Kishimoto - salmon oshisushi

2017-Apr-21 Kishimoto - salmon oshisushi

Tempura Ice Cream (daily special; $8) homemade matcha ice cream deep fried, white chocolate sauce and caramel sauce
  • One big scoop of ice cream, thankfully not still frozen hard, which can sometimes be the case with deep fried ice cream.
  • Cake-like batter around the ice cream.
  • Overall not much different from just having a scoop of ice cream with maybe a bit of cake on the side. Big scoop, but at $8 pretty pricey unless you are already okay with buying $6 scoops at boutique ice cream shops.
2017-Apr-21 Kishimoto - tempura ice cream

2017-Apr-21 Kishimoto - tempura ice cream

2017-Apr-21 Kishimoto - tempura ice cream

2017-Apr-21 Kishimoto - tempura ice cream

Gluten free soy sauce!

Despite being packed right away when they opened, staff were calm and unrushed. Also felt like the kitchen also delivered the food quite promptly.

2017-Apr-21 Kishimoto - gluten free soya sauce