Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Very hot "salad" at Tuc Craft Kitchen

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I was at Tuc Craft Kitchen over a year ago, and the menu has changed a lot. Fortunately still on the menu are the Orange Glazed Lamb Ribs (was $9, now $11), which are still three ribs per order, and still very delicious by all accounts of people who had them. I passed this time and tried curious-sounding things instead.

Crispy Bacon and Egg ($4)
  • Pretty much exactly as it sounds: Hard boiled egg wrapped in lightly battered bacon fried to a crisp.
  • This was on the menu way back when and probably kept because it's strangely good in its simple way.
Parsnip Fries ($5)
  • Long, noodle-like strings of parsnip, coated in batter and deep fried.
  • The sauce that came with this is really tasty.
  • The fries themselves weren't oily to the touch, but tasted like slightly oily batter.
  • Waste of time and overpriced for the fluffy 2-cup portion you get.
Farmer’s Summer ($16) tender squash, assorted beets, vine ripened tomatoes, ricotta cheese, sweet pea sugo
  • Sounded like a salad but it came in a very hot bowl. So hot the server needed to caution me.
  • The beets were shredded into long, thin, noodles. The experience of eating this is like having a hot bowl of noodles!
  • Definitely mix the goodies in the bowl or all the sauce will stay sunk at the bottom and leave you a sour-salty soup to finish.
  • TIP: Ask for a spoon when you order.
  • Overall, good tastiness but really more interesting than anything.
  • Found only one (1) yellow tomato smaller than a ping-pong ball.




Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Joe Fortes Happy Hour Prawn Tacos

Click to add a blog post for Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House on Zomato Back to Joe Fortes for Happy Hour! Last time I was there specifically for their 4pm-6pm happy hour was way back in 2013 and the food is still just as good. Buck-a-shuck oysters are off the happy hour menu due to current oyster conditions, but its place they added Prawn Tacos, Three Cheese Bacon Mac & Cheese, West Coast Clam Chowder.

There were some service hiccups this time, but based on their record with me and my parties so far, I'm going to assume it's a one-off. But here are some tips:

TIP: When they ask you about water, "flat water" is probably bottled water and in any case costs $2 per person.

TIP: If you go at happy hour and are seated at the bar, you *may* get the bar menu, which is incorrect and does not list the new happy hour menu items. Immediately ask for the Happy Hour Menu. No, it is not the same as the Bar Menu, even though they look the same. Even if you work off the wrong menu, you will still get happy hour prices, though.

TIP: For happy hour, they don't hold nearby seats. If your party is 8 or less you may end up at the bar, which means parties of 3+ may find it harder to have a proper party-wide conversation. Ask for a table and see if they will accommodate. If the bar is already full they will end up seating you at tables anyway.

Fortes Punch ($4.50) non-alcoholic mix of fruit juice
  • Fruit juices apparently really freshly squeezed on site from real fruit.
  • Mostly ice in your glass but at $4.50 can you really complain?
  • Nothing special here in flavour.
Prawn Tacos ($11.95 during Happy Hour)
  • This works out to about $6 per taco, which is twice the going rate for tacos, such as at Sal y Limon.
  • Nice big taco still not big enough to properly pinch when folded, since you get two really fat prawns in the taco. We're talking proud-to-be-called prawns, rather than "shrimps".
  • Some bite from spicy heat, but no real lingering burn on the tongue.
  • Spicy and very tasty! Get this!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Rob Feenie duck sandwich at Cactus Club

Click to add a blog post for Cactus Club Cafe on Zomato Last time I was at the Coal Harbour Cactus Club was in December, and I remember not being impressed, but I also didn't have any Rob Feenie specials either. I vowed to only order "RF" marked menu items, so when I got dragged over there for brunch today, that's how I read the menu.

Location is great except you probably don't want to linger outside too long during the day because the exhaust from the float planes does drift up.
Patio seating is very good on a sunny day. If you are early enough for brunch, you can ask to retreat further in under more shade if the sun gets too much.
Don't be put off by no-reservations-for-brunch as the location is big enough for there to be ample seating. Larger groups should definitely try a reservation, and I did see a couple of parties of 8-10 with outdoor sunny seating.

BBQ Duck Clubhouse ($17.75) peking duck, roasted chicken, prosciutto di modena, pecan fruit bread. Created by chef Rob Feenie.
  • Not the worst sandwich ever, but definitely the worst for the price they were asking.
  • "Pecan fruit bread" sounded interesting, except it tasted like double-baked bread and was hard as biscuits. Which made eating this sandwich an annoying chore, not only because you've got dry and hard biscuit but the crunch helped the sandwich fall apart. From the get-go you will have some chunks of "bread" falling off (not just crumbs).
  • "Peking duck" is duck meat. Not the best part of Peking Duck, which is the skin. Not even any tasty duck fat.
  • Nothing particularly tasty here and no standout flavours either despite the interesting-sounding description. Definitely nothing to justify asking $17.75. Go to Sliders instead, unless you need to impress friends with the view of smoggy float planes bobbing up and down in the harbour.
  • Comes with a small side. Default is fries, which were very decently done.
Service was good, water top-ups and clearing of dishes also very prompt, and they get points for that.