Saturday, July 31, 2021

Lunch Lady

My friend surprised me by taking me out for lunch and he randomly picked Lunch Lady -- apparently a place with quite the interesting story of being discovered by TV in Vietnam. We were in there about half an hour after it opened and it was pretty packed. Parking isn't that easy to find either.

I'm supposed to avoid shellfish, so I missed out on the daily special soup noodles and went with a server recommendation for a no-shellfish lunch. I could have gone with a vegan option but it seemed every other word was tofu so I went with their version of ham-and-eggs. Even though it had beef and I'm supposed to avoid red meat too...
Extra fries for $4? Extra bread for $3? This place is not cheap.

BÒ NÉ ($18) Marinated filet of beef, 2 fried free range eggs, sautéed onions, house-made pâté, laughing cow cheese, french fries on a sizzling skillet, bánh mì. Extra Bánh mì +$3, extra Fries +$4
  • Basic and satisfying. Nothing too fancy here but things don't have to be fancy to be delicious.
  • Made a bit more delicious by the drippings from the beef served still sizzling.
  • House-made pate pretty decent too.
  • Waffle cut fries were way over fried. I inquired about whether it was meant to be fried to a crunch like that and I guess it wasn't because they brought me a replacement. Points off for serving it in the first place, but points added for voluntarily replacing them.
  • I felt the replacements were still over-fried such that they had an oily crust but at least now I could see some white potato on the inside instead of just oil-saturated crunch.
Maybe it's the location but $18 felt steep. However, the plate does include house made pate and free range eggs, so it's not all lowest-bid ingredients here. If that's important to you then expect brunch to run you into $20+ per person especially if you get drinks.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Disco Cheetah (Davie)

Disco Cheetah Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Due to Covid I hadn't gone out at all, until my friend invited me to try Disco Cheetah -- her treat too since it was for my birthday, which was a lovely surprise! Which also means I didn't pay for the food but then neither did the restaurant so I guess it's all good.

We were curious about the various things so ended up getting the "Disco Cheetah Sampler" which sounds like it has a lot of stuff, but really it's two things -- deep fried chicken and falafel. The rest is filler text. I'm really tempted to fail them outright because they tried to advertise "scallion" as a significant component of the sampler plate. And no, it wasn't a significant component of the sampler plate.

Disco Cheetah Sampler ($29.99) fried chicken bites x5 pieces, whole chicken wings x3 pieces, falafel bites x5 pieces, fries, dipping sauces
  • Also comes with a selection if dipping sauces and some pickled red radish. I'll allow a mention of the dipping sauces since they weren't just "soy sauce" or "ketchup" but I think it's lame they bothered to put down pickled red radish and scallion.
  • Where's my scallion?
  • Falafel was strangely bland. Maybe kitchen error this time but maybe ask before you order something with it as a main feature. Apparently vegan and gluten free.
  • The fried chicken bites were pretty decent especially considering they survived about a 10 minute walk back to home back. Juicy on the inside. But overwise, nothing really special here.
  • The fried chicken wings were suspicious. The coating fell off to reveal a strangely dark skin on the chicken, and it was definitely more try than the bites. Again, maybe kitchen error but if you had to choose, go with the boneless bites. Definitely more convenient anyway.
  • The selection of sauces was actually really decent. and gave more meaning to the fries since you can break the monotony by trying and combining different sauces.
  • Really decently done fries. They might have been even better if they were more crispy on the outside, but we did to the takeout option and sitting in a covered takeout box can definitely reduce quality.
  • Apparently the fries are vegan and gluten-free too.
  • Price for portion (especially considering the downtown Davie location) is surprisingly decent. Definitely a meal for two there, or a lighter meal for three.
Overall, I felt Disco Cheetah offered fair to good value but is nothing special. If you are vegan and/or gluten free, definitely check them out if only to see what's available for your restrictive diet.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Wings (Burnaby)

Wings Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Unfortunately this will be another "what not to order" type review -- which of course comes with the caveat that every restaurant will probably have a flop and you should not consider it indicative of the rest of the menu. Just be wary of ordering this particular thing.

Sriracha Lime Chicken Wrap ($10 on lunch specials menu; comes with simple salad or fries, or salad upgrade)
  • First of all sriracha to me means spicy. The "spiciness" here is a very faint buzz in the mouth.
  • Where's my lime? Didn't really detect anything lime-flavoured. Maybe it was in the sauce (?) which was suspiciously like some kind of creamy salad dressing you can get in the supermarket. Ranch maybe?
  • Chopped up chicken -- not technically bad, but it does make it hard to estimate just how much chicken you are getting. I did open up one half the wrap so you can look at the picture and decide for yourself.
  • We specifically asked that the fries be crispy, and they delivered. Really, really, decent fries.
Overall, this felt really mediocre. Additional points taken off for absence of sriracha and lime which should have distinguished this wrap from "just a chicken and lettuce wrap".

Service was good though -- friendly but not overly familiar, and they checked in on us a couple of times as they went about the floor.