Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Pourhouse veggie option

Pourhouse Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Back to Pourhouse! I had a sort of lacklustre experience last time, but I still have credit on my gift card, so I found another friend to come along. This time, I went for the veggie options. I was curious to try their vegetarian burger, but other things ended up intriguing me more. Maybe on my last attempt I'll get the burger.

Cauliflower Steak ($22) Stewed Lentils, Romesco Sauce, Crispy Kale (V)
  • Looked really promising at first, but it just tedious later. The orange-red sauce was pretty tasty though. Could have used much more of it.
  • The cauliflower chunk was pretty plain and very firm at the base of the stem.
  • The slight browning looked promising but there wasn't really any aroma or flavour from it.
  • Crispy kale deep fried and obviously you can't get away from the oiliness. Fun to eat but eat it with the cauliflower to mask the oil.
  • A lot less sauce to use than it looks because there isn't as much underneath and I basically ran out. And there were tons more lentils to make things more tedious.
  • Overall, interesting idea but not really that tasty. More sauce would have helped but less than halfway through and I was already tired of eating it.
  • Large portion, but for what it is, feels overpriced.
2016-Aug-16 Pourhouse - Cauliflower Steak

2016-Aug-16 Pourhouse - Cauliflower Steak

2016-Aug-16 Pourhouse - Cauliflower Steak (underneath)

Gnocchi ($14) Fried Quail Egg, Pecorino, Black Peppercorn (V)
  • Not my order so I only tried a bit of this.
  • Very peppery!
  • Gnocchi bits very tender, almost like mashed potato. Interesting for not being the usual firm bites.
2016-Aug-16 Pourhouse - Gnocchi

Lobster Mushroom Chowder ($10 special of the day) lobster mushrooms, bacon.
  • I think larger chunks of the lobster mushroom would have made it look like lobster tail (or take a large chunk, shape it and score it into a tail?) but the colour is fairly good and my dining companion was impressed by the lobster-ness.
  • Nice touch with the dill.
  • Overall a decent chowder except it was I think too salty, masking any richness that may have been there.
  • Price OK to good for $10.
  • Sadly this had bacon. Otherwise I think it would have made for a lovely vegetarian soup.
2016-Aug-16 Pourhouse - Lobster Mushroom Chowder

2016-Aug-16 Pourhouse - Lobster Mushroom Chowder

My friend's Albacore Tuna Nicoise ($15)

2016-Aug-16 Pourhouse - Albacore Tuna Nicoise

Thursday, August 4, 2016

@BostonPizza $5 Fan Appreciation Day Mon-Aug-8

Just got this e-mail today. NOTE THE FINE PRINT! -- "Valid for dine-in only on August 8th, 2016. *Create-Your-Own Pizza is limited to maximum of 4 toppings. "

Join us in-store for Fan Appreciation Day! 

As a thank you for being a Fan of Boston Pizza, we’re serving up $5 Individual Pizzas all day on Monday, August 8th! 

It’s not a National Holiday… but maybe it should be. 

Whether you’re a Fan of our Spicy Perogy Pizza, Viva Italia, or want to create-your own* on Fan Appreciation Day you can get them all for only $5! It’s our way of saying Thanks For Being A Fan.

Find a Boston Pizza

Valid for dine-in only on August 8th, 2016. *Create-Your-Own Pizza is limited to maximum of 4 toppings.

2016-Aug-8 $5 Boston Pizza

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Red Robin Birthday Burger!

Red Robin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
If you haven't signed up for Royalty rewards with Red Robin you really should. I just got another free birthday burger!

Still feeling meat-guilty I went with their vegetarian Garden Burger although our server told me I could get any burger--which is actually not correct because their line of "Finest" burgers is actually not part of the promotion. These burgers use the special Angus beef patties and are have a special theme. Plus they among the priciest burgers.

Garden Burger ($10.99) An amazingly delicious blend of vegetables, grains, and spices with a touch of cheese, topped with tomatoes, fresh lettice, pickles and Country Dijon sauce on our whole wheat bun.
  • The patty here is a bit on the thinner side but taste is not bad. Otherwise burger construction is very basic.
  • TIP: Immediately remove the pickles hiding underneath the patty unless all you  want to taste is pickle.
  • Where this burger gets more than merely a passing grade is the bottomless fries. With these you are guaranteed a filling meal with every burger order. You can substitute them for bottomless salad (free substitution) if you like.
Seasonal Fruit (+$1.49), Freckled Fruit Salad (+$1.99), Mandarin Oranges (+$1.49)
  • Before you sub your bottomless fries for any of these fruity alternatives thinking they'll be healthier, be sure to ask your server first.
  • At the moment the Seasonal Fruit was just apples and mandarin oranges. The mandarin oranges are the canned syrupy ones. And the Freckled Fruit Salad is the Seasonal Fruit drenched in the special syrup they use in their line of "Freckled" drinks.
Overall, at Red Robin taste is decent, price is budget friendly unless you insist on their high-end gourmet Finest burgers, and price for portion is excellent if you can eat enough. Go during a quiet time and linger with friends over bottomless fruit!
And don't forget to look at the very back of the menu which has suggestions on how to reduce the calorie count including open-faced burgers and getting them in lettuce wraps.

2016-Jul-27 Red Robin garden burger

2016-Jul-27 Red Robin garden burger

2016-Jul-27 Red Robin garden burger - patty interior

2016-Jul-27 Red Robin basic burger with fries subbed with salad (free)

2016-Jul-27 Red Robin unlimited sides menu