Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Nu Greek

Nu's gone Greek..and a good Greek, too!


Chicken Souvlaki Pita - It was definitely a really really good pita sandwich, so to speak. It was served warm, perfectly grilled and what really got me sold was the incredibly soft texture of the pita.  In addition, the chicken was perfectly seasoned, tender and juicy.  Toss in a nice amount of local diced tomatoes and onions, and top it with a very generous amount of nice, garlicky tzaziki sauce - I can strongly state that I would prefer this over any donair any day...


friendly, quick


$6.50 for the Chicken Souvlaki Pita - It might not look that big in the picture, but it is quite the hefty portion!


Order, grab and go kind of place although there are a few stools and tables available

Overall: 8/10

Yay: Love the pita, love the chicken, love the tzaziki sauce. A definite 'bang for your buck' pita!

Nay: Downtown - parking. Limited menu options but perhaps there will be more in the future?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Calabash Bistro

Calabash, jamaican me bananas...


Delicious, authentic, hearty and affordable.  So glad a 'Reef' contender has finally popped up into Vancouver's mainstream restaurant scene.  My dining companions and I were thoroughly impressed with the wonderful food and ambience experienced on our first visit - so much that we decided to embark on another Calabash adventure a few weeks later.

We arrived to a full house on a Friday night, sans reservation.  Somehow the thought of calling to see if they took reservations had somehow bypassed me (for some reason, I thought they didn't take resos).  We were told it would be a 45 minute to an hour wait and thus, trekked a few blocks north to Vera's for some drinks to pass time.  An hour later, I still had not received a call from Calabash and so we decided to walk back to check up on our pending table.  After another half hour wait, we were finally seated. Though tummies were grumbling and moods were mostly dissatisfied, we were happy to hear that old school music (my fave) would be playing later on that night.

On our first visit here, we had the Mango and Goat Cheese Salad, Fried Coconut Dumplings, Roti and dip, Ginger Plantain Gratin, and the Goat Curry.  I won't delve into the specifics of each but will say they were all delicious with the Ginger Plantain Gratin being the standout and most favourite of the night.

On this night, I had my eyes set on one thing and one thing only: the Chicken and Ribs.  It was a special for the week and a special it was!  I thoroughly savored the nicely charred and wonderful aromatic flavours of the jerk chicken and especially the guava, coco nib and Appleton rum glazed ribs.  The ribs were fall-off-the-bone tasty.  The chicken was soft and tender.  Accompanied with jerk fries and a mixed green salad, I had no complaints there!

Chicken and Ribs
Aside from the wonderful appetizers and entrees we had experienced on our first visit, the dessert was what really had us longing for more.  Conveniently titled the "Banoffee cake" (banana + toffee), I felt like I had gone to heaven and back after experiencing this indulgence the first time.  Fast forward a few weeks later and I find myself back here longing for that cake once again.  To our disappointment, it was served not as a slice, but rather in a ramekin (what creme brulees are usually served in).  The portion had certainly gotten smaller.  Not only that, but the crust was a lot more crunchier than what we had remembered.  So crunchy and hard that we could hardly break it into pieces!  I had expressed my disappointment with the server when asked how it was and thankfully, was compensated for the dessert.  Still, I'm hoping that the next time I come here, the dessert will be just as memorable as the first time.

the 'Banoffee' cake...*drools...


Pleasant and responsive




Very 'happenin' towards the end of the week.  Lounge downstairs. Live performances weekly

Overall: 8/10

Yay: Come here for great authentic Carribean food and drinks.  Relaxed and unpretentious environment.  Large rum selection.

Nay: Long waits come Fridays and Saturdays

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