Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Red Robin veggie options

Red Robin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Went with a friend to redeem my Red Robin Royalty free birthday burger (comes with the usual bottomless fries!). As I was feeling like I had had too much meat recently, I went for the Garden Burger which, sad to say, is just OK, and that's if you immediately take out the pickles so you don't just taste pickles. Do NOT come to Red Robin for their veggie burger even if you do a patty swap. For approximately the same price (sometimes LESS) you can get a way more interesting and tasty burger (but with a meat patty).

However, my friend got the Veggie Fajita, and OMG it was totally not what we were expecting -- in a good way. Generous almost for-two portion for $14.99, and although they start you off with about 4 wraps, it is clearly not enough and you can get free refills. Veggies are cheap (it looked like mostly onions) and clearly they don't skimp on it maybe because they can.

NON-alcoholic drinks are big-portioned and cheap! My Coconut Pineapple Smoothie was just $4.69 and pretty tall. Heck, even the water is jumbo sized so they don't even have to come around and refill it because you are unlikely to drink it down to even half.

Cronuts are OK, though sweet and a bit oily-feeling so personally I don't like them much. The main thing about them though is they are light and airy. If you are thinking of trying them but feeling full, just get the short 4-stack and you'll be fine as there's no way they are gonna fill you up.

Friendly service, great value.

2017-Jul-17 Red Robin - garden burger

2017-Jul-17 Red Robin - garden burger

2017-Jul-17 Red Robin - garden burger

2017-Jul-17 Red Robin - veggie fajita

2017-Jul-17 Red Robin - coconut pineapple smoothie

2017-Jul-17 Red Robin - coconut pineapple smoothie

2017-Jul-17 Red Robin - cronuts

2017-Jul-17 Red Robin - cronut interior


Friday, July 14, 2017

Ouisi Bistro has outdoor seating out back

Ouisi Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Pleasant summer weather means you can dine outdoors out back at Ouisi Bistro, although a bee had a strange fascination with the fried chicken I ordered--until I gobbled up all the meat. The interior is dimly lit so if you like light and a bit of sun and especially if it happens to be crowded inside the restaurant main, see if you can get a seat outside.

Following an old raving recommendation for the fried chicken, that's what I ordered. Luckily we didn't get any appetizer because all our near-$20 plates had pretty heaping portions! Our small party did manage one dessert to share afterwards though.

Southern Fried Chicken ($17) Three pieces of Rossdown Farms buttermilk mainated chicken. Double crusted and served with Yukon Gold-roasted garlic mash potatoes and jicama slaw (and cornbread)
  • By "double crusted" they first fry the chicken, then batter it and bake it.
  • I got two thighs and a wing. The thighs were juicy but the wing was dry. Maybe they did all three at the same time and the wing dried out faster?
  • No crunchy crust! If that's what you are looking for in fried chicken, pass.
  • Heaping plate but depending on your appetite, it might be too much. You might want to share this or just eat slowly and sit around and chat with your friends longer?
  • Cornbread tasted okay but seemed a bit dry. Probably a personal preference thing.
  • I recommend giving this chicken a pass. It's not bad, but it's not that interesting compared to the rest of the menu, especially if you haven't had much exposure to this cuisine.
2017-Jul-13 - Southern Fried Chicken

2017-Jul-13 - Southern Fried Chicken

2017-Jul-13 - Southern Fried Chicken

2017-Jul-13 - Cornbread

Big Daddy Fry's Bread Pudding ($6.50)
  • TIP: ASK FIRST what it involves. Came with some whipping cream (?) which had a pungent surprise in it. Was it stinky goat cheese? I personally gag on that so it turned me off right away.
  • Came warm but also dry. Recommend you pass, but if you are really curious, do yourself a favour and ask about it first.
2017-Jul-13 - Big Daddy Fry's Bread Pudding

2017-Jul-13 - Big Daddy Fry's Bread Pudding

Monday, June 26, 2017

Bao Bakery

Bao Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Aside from a small selection of pastries, Bao Bakery also prominently features a lot of bao. They look like the chinese bao (similar to what you can get at the more dedicated Bao Place) except the fillings sound decidedly Filipino.
A bit strange for me since I was raised on the Chinese tradition but if you don't know bao well to begin with, think nothing of it and consider only whether it's tasty.

I tried the one that sounded the most interesting and alien to me, which was "Chicken Deluxe (Bola Bola)", with filling containing chicken, pork, ham, and salted duck egg yolk (how many animal parts can you eat in one bite?).

Taste is mediocre. The filling is OK but nothing to write home about. What Bao Bakery does offer however is a really decent amount of filling per bun--although from bun to bun you might get a bit more or less. In the pictures below I dissected two different buns from the same package.
Two buns will trump a burger in the quantity of meat you get and how filling it is, and cost you less -- maybe $5.

At the time I went, the take-home-and-steam packages were at 30% off so if you're doing take-home anyway and not afraid of a bit of steaming (or microwaving), maybe check the prices on those.

2017-Jun-26 Bao Bakery

2017-Jun-26 Bao Bakery

2017-Jun-26 Bao Bakery

2017-Jun-26 Bao Bakery


2017-Jun-26 Bao Bakery

2017-Jun-26 Bao Bakery

2017-Jun-26 Bao Bakery


2017-Jun-26 Bao Bakery