Thursday, April 18, 2019

Tenen Eastern European Cuisine

Tenen Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato It's been a long time since I went to Tenen and surprisingly the pricing hasn't changed much. They have shown up frequently on Groupon, however, and with their clever pricing, the $20-towards-lunch adds up to either a cheap yet huge-portioned lunch for one person, or approximately a half-priced lunch for two persons.
They do have nearly-$20 main dishes so going solo with the groupon is fine (and it's one groupon per table) but most items are $16.95.

Overall the food is comfort homestyle food. Actually on the mediocre side except the portion per plate is probably good enough for up to two persons depending on what you get and your appetite. Tenen does feed you well and isn't skimpy on portions. Even though they have the usual fillers of bread and potatoes, they aren't stingy with the meat.

Gourmet Burger ($16.95) 10 oz. patty with bacon and cheese mixed in

  • Looks like the bread used is a pita sliced in half and pan fried in drippings from the burger.
  • The seared-on-the-outside patty itself is really heavy and filling, but it's also really kind of rubbery-firm from maybe having ground the meat too finely. It has the feel of an overdone burger patty.
  • The burger has some cheese, bacon, and chili mixed in for a slight bit of bite to the flavour.
  • The plate has fries, coleslaw, and a scoop of rich chili-flavoured spreading cheese which you can certainly slather inside the burger.
  • The patty is big enough for this burger to count as two regular burgers that might each cost you $10-$12 elsewhere. It's a very plain burger (bread and patty) but the plate is not skimpy on portions even if you discount the complimentary thick pita that comes to the table.
Cabbage Rolls (16.95) seasoned ground beef and pork with rice, stuffed in sauerkraut leaves, served with mashed potato
  • Looks like a small portion at just two rolls, but the amount of rice in the filling is token, so you're getting basically two burgers worth of meat here. If you're still not feeling full enough you can work in the pita bread that comes to the table.
  • Overall tasted fine, nothing superlative here. The slight sourness of the sauerkraut really helps with how filling this plate is.
OK food with bonus points for generous portions -- something that is steadily harder to find nowadays, especially with newer restaurants.