Another new entrant in the Gastown resto boom
- grayelf Jul 21, 2013 11:09 AM
I totally missed this one. Anyone been?
Popped in for a cocktail a few Fridays ago, wasn't too impressed. My drink tasted generic. The mood in the room wasn't doing it for me. We didn't try any food so I can't speak to that.
I've been - quite liked the well prepared comfort food (mostly), comfortable vibe, friendly service and very reasonable prices.
A tiny handful of beers on tap (4?) - Storm pilsner is a dry, lemony aperitif so had that. Cocktails aren't too complex and lean to sweeter flavours but I quite liked a bourbon one that featured a blob of fig jam (!) in the middle of the coupe glass - sweetness offset by plenty of lemon.
Had orange lamb chops starter - falling off the bone tender - on the sweet side but offset by a tad of heat and salt. Also tried some pork belly crackling - crisply fried salty pork - what's not to love (though some bits were on the burnt end of crisp) and meatballs - tasty, a bit salty, and a bit dense.
I had the chicken confit for my main - super moist and tender chicken on a bed of chopped kale. Came with a consomme in a little pour jar - didn't make much use of that as the chicken was plenty moist. Kale was abundant, didn't notice the pistou and the biscuit was stodgy.
Had berries and sabayon - really love sabayon but this wasn't as flavourful as I'd hoped. Berries fresh and lovely but over sugared for my liking. Had a taste of DC's caramel popcorn ice cream and that was pretty awesome.
I would definitely go again - pleased with most of my meal, keen to try more of the menu, liked the space and service and thought it a good value (wine list was quite fairly price).
Went a couple weeks back, shared about 5 small plates and a beer and it was about $40 -- both left full.
The cocktails, beer selection and decor weren't really to my tastes - nothing really remarkable here.
The food was tasty and reasonably priced. We had the seasonal veg, salad, pork belly, deep fried white beans (these are dangerous) and their take on a scotch egg (wrapped in bacon instead of sausage). Really no complaints. It was a good night, will return.
Pork belly, df white beans and scotch egg all sound worthy. Thanks for the feedback. It's not that I don't notice décor but it's typically not a huge factor for me, and I don't tend to drink much when I go out, but the beer selection is a potential issue for the SO. Do you mind if I ask what about that didn't work for you, kati?
I think it is a matter of personal taste, really.
Just not really into the beer selection on tap and I hardly drink bottled (which is a bit strange now that I am saying it out loud) but I enjoy pretty bold craft beers. Overall, I feel the beer list is pretty safe and I get that for the target market. The cocktails for me, all seem a little on the sweet side, but I did not try anything off the menu.
In terms of decor, it just didn't feel overly coherent and wasnt anything wow worthy.
With that being said, I absolutely recommend the restaurant and would return no problems as I quite enjoyed my meal.