Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pearl Castle Cafe (Metrotown)

Pearl Castle Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Last time I was at Pearl Castle Cafe at Old Orchard Mall near Metrotown, I had a pretty lame tea. This time another friend dragged me there for lunch (her treat, so her choice) and it turned out to be really decent and good quantity for price!
I didn't try their drinks/dessert again to re-review those.

CASH ONLY. CASH ONLY. CASH ONLY.

Assorted Stir Fried Spicy Pot ($9.95?)
  • Spicy but not excessive and no lingering burn on the tongue.
  • Not secretly filled with cheap veggies -- it's a smallish looking plate but they don't skimp on non-veggie content. Two big prawns included.
  • You need to spend a couple bucks extra to "make it a combo" including rice. If another dish has rice already you might want to skip that depending on how much you can eat.
  • Spicy sauce obviously ends up at the bottom. Remember to scoop deep for it if you're having it with rice.
  • Simple yet delicious and a good mix of ingredients to keep it from being boring as you eat it.
2018-May-20 Pearl Castle Cafe (Metrotown) - Assorted Stir Fried Spicy Pot

2018-May-20 Pearl Castle Cafe (Metrotown) - Assorted Stir Fried Spicy Pot

Cheese Milk Seafood and Pork Hot Pot ($14.25?)
  • A mound of what looks like that processed parmesan cheese you get out of a shaker in supermarkets.
  • Doesn't taste milky at all -- tastes like salty parmesan cheese. Which in turn is comparable to a salty savory broth. So overall this sounds adventurous (milk in your hot pot?) but doesn't taste too strange.
  • A lot of soup so if you have too much of that it's filling just because of it. Don't plan to drink it all.
  • Contents include two big prawns, fish cake, fish balls, some vegetables (not that much and certainly not the majority of the content), slices of pork, mushrooms, a few squid tentacles. Nothing bizarre here and quite simple really. Just assorted stuff in broth.
  • Comes with one large bowl packed firmly with rice, so there's quite a bit of rice there. Depending on your appetite this could be good enough as a meal for two. Price for portion is really decent here as meals go, for lunch or for dinner.
2018-May-20 Pearl Castle Cafe (Metrotown) - cheese milk seafood and pork hot pot

2018-May-20 Pearl Castle Cafe (Metrotown) - cheese milk seafood and pork hot pot

2018-May-20 Pearl Castle Cafe (Metrotown) - cheese milk seafood and pork hot pot

Weekend lunch was busy! Service was courteous and not rushed though the servers were sort of scrambling to keep up right at the noon lunch rush.

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