Saturday, October 22, 2016

SocialShopper coupon for Salchicha

Salchicha Meat Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Less than one day left to get a 40%-off SocialShopper coupon for Salchicha's Meat Bar. As deals go it's really good value, especially when you are not locked into some sort of tasting menu with limited options. Note that the SocialShopper page talks about mango mustard chicken and build-your-own paninis, but we couldn't find either on the lunch menu. So if you really want either, call ahead.
There are a few vegetarian and gluten-free options.

The room is long and sort of narrow, and a very pleasant respite from the very dilapidated neighbourhood. Pretty quiet on weekday afternoons, so that's your best bet for large groups or a slow, lingering lunch with excellent company. Their made-in-house lemonade might not be ready yet so early in the day, though.

2016-Oct-21 Salchicha Meat Bar - lunch menu

Shakshouka Maraguez ($13) Slow cooked spicy tomato sauce and poached eggs with our famous made in-house spicy Maraguez sausages served with focaccia bread and tahini sauce
  • Comes sizzling to your table.
  • Very spicy-hot so watch out!
  • Overall really pretty good and at $13 the portion you get is also good value.
2016-Oct-21 Salchicha Meat Bar - Shakshouka Maraguez

2016-Oct-21 Salchicha Meat Bar - Shakshouka Maraguez

Homemade Veggie Sausage (vegetarian, gluten-free; $14) Fresh vegetable puree with garbanzo beans, stuffed to a sausage and grilled to perfection, topped with feta cheese and our unique almond pesto sauce served with carrot rice
  • Sausage very tender, almost mushy.
  • Way too much pickle (?) inside for me. All I tasted was pickle.
  • Rice had interesting look from carrots but otherwise this is a pretty boring dish.
2016-Oct-21 Salchicha Meat Bar - Homemade Veggie Sausage

2016-Oct-21 Salchicha Meat Bar - Homemade Veggie Sausage

Malabi ($5) Traditional Arabic dessert of corn flour and milk topped with rose water and maple syrup, coconut shavings, and crushed peanuts.
  • The light, creamy dessert is actually pretty bland without the rose water, maple syrup, coconut, and peanuts, so be sure to get a bit of everything with each scoop.
  • You can ask for less of the rose water/maple syrup sauce. I'm not good with that pungent stuff so they toned it down to just half the usual portion, and I found that to be a very good amount, nicely balancing everything.
  • Overall OK. The only dessert they have on the menu at the moment.
2016-Oct-21 Salchicha Meat Bar - Malabi

2016-Oct-21 Salchicha Meat Bar - Arabic Salad (left), Tabbouleh (right)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Good burrito value at @Hungry_Guys Hungry Guys Kitchen

Hungry Guys Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Hungry Guys Kitchen is a bright, clean oasis of a new place (almost 1 year old) on rather dilapidated downtown Granville. Simple food, good price, tastes fresh, good value/portion for money if you're just looking for a filling meal that doesn't cost too much.

Not really a good choice for the indecisive as you direct them to assemble your burrito or bowl, but with some nudging I convinced them to put together their recommendation. Just under $9 so after tax it was just over $9. And just one burrito is worth two burgers so you might just want to order one to share.

2016-Oct-11 Hungry Guys

2016-Oct-11 Hungry Guys

2016-Oct-11 Hungry Guys

2016-Oct-11 Hungry Guys

2016-Oct-11 Hungry Guys

2016-Oct-11 Hungry Guys

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Gluten Free at Virtuous Pie

Virtuous Pie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Virtuous Pie's smallish brightly lit room with communal seating looks spacious up until around 6pm when the dinner rush starts and goes out the door. So come early or do takeout.

At $12 per small pizza (one size only, and apparently no bulk discount) the price is OK for a basically thin-crust neapolitan style pizza. With this type of pizza and the typically sparsely distributed toppings, you are at great risk of having a slice with an OK amount of toppings, or too little; and it's also hard to get an even distribution of the stated ingredients. Don't believe the picture-perfect ad copy on the website and go see for yourself. Virtuous Pie isn't alone in uneven toppings for small, thin-crust pizza, so it's apparently a niche pizza sort of trait and you either accept it or you don't.

Add 1 star / 1 point if you are vegan because beggars can't be choosers.

We had separate orders of pizza (placed at different times) with the gluten-free crust (+$2 extra) and both times the crust came out undercooked, sticky and chewy in the middle, which resulted in an unpleasant distracting texture while eating it. (The regular pizza dough came out okay.)

2016-Oct-4 Virtuous Pie - gluten free crust still gooey on the inside

UltraViolet ($12) Walnut Pesto, Cashew Mozzarella, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Purple Kale, Caramelized Onion, Pine Nuts
  • Very oily probably due to pesto and olive oil (?) but didn't taste greasy.
  • Very uneven in ingredients and taste was OK. Zero points for presentation though.
2016-Oct-4 Virtuous Pie - Ultraviolet

2016-Oct-4 Virtuous Pie - Ultraviolet

The Med ($12) Smokey Baba Ganoush, House Made Falafel, Feta, Roasted Red Peppers, Kalamata, Mint Chutney, Onion
  • Curry-flavoured falafel quite OK but looks like ours came out burnt and the chunks were dry.
  • Fake feta very, very, salty. The person who ordered this gave up with 2 slices left because it was so salty.
2016-Oct-4 Virtuous Pie - The Med

Flower + Water ($12?)
  • Looks like it uses the Field Roast fake meat which fakes a really good ground meat texture, and flavour is close to meat as well. Probably one of the safest choices for a meat eater who gets dragged here.
2016-Oct-4 Virtuous Pie - Flower + Water

2016-Oct-4 Virtuous Pie - Flower + Water


2016-Oct-4 Virtuous Pie - SuperFunghi