Friday, 31 July 2015

Hearthstone Pizza: Wonderful service, pizza needs work.

Having been invited to try their pizzas since opening, I finally got around to dropping by for a visit!

Click to add a blog post for Hearthstone Pizza on ZomatoRestaurant: Hearthstone Pizza (visit their website here)
Location: 2755 Lougheed Highway, Port Coquitlam
Cuisine: Pizza
Price range: $10-$15 per pizza

Date of visit: July 31, 2015
Atmosphere: 4/5
Staff/service: 5/5
Food variety: 4/5
Food quality: 2/5
Buck worthy? 2/5

I came here excitedly with Elephant for our dinner run, this was located really close to Michaels in the Poco Mall. Inside, it was quite busy for 8pm and we actually had to wait in line.

They had a large selection of toppings to go with your pizza and you get to choose sizes. We got a regular 11" pizza ($8.95, small is 9" for $6.95). I forgot exactly which toppings I got, but definitely not all of them! I got white sauce, mozzarella cheese, chicken, bacon, Italian sausage, pepperoni (on half), anchovies (on half), olives, artichoke, tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini. Overall the pizza was too burnt on the sides, and the ingredients too salty-- especially the Italian sausage, sauce, along with the anchovies. I liked the presentation of the pizza and service was wonderful at the store-- though my combination of ingredients and baking of the pizza was underwhelming.

Their stone oven was visible and I liked the clean, simple layout they had, but ingredients need a bit of work. Looking forward to improvements, considering they're only one month old (happy one month!!).

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Boullion Bilk: Fancy dining!

Our last dinner in Montreal for this trip, Adorables and I decided to pick a fancy place to end our wonderful trip! I put in extra photos this time because it was just such a beautiful experience!

Click to add a blog post for Bouillon Bilk on ZomatoRestaurant: Boullion Bilk (visit their website here)
Location: 1595 Blvd St-Laurent, Montreal
Cuisine: Canadian
Price range: $50+ per person

Date of visit: June 14, 2015
Atmosphere: 5/5
Staff/service: 5/5
Food variety: 3/5
Food quality: 4.75/5
Buck worthy? 5/5

We started with their Amuse-bouche ($6.25... I think, kinda forgot) but it was a slice of albacore tuna sashimi topped with a piece of seaweed, slice of peach, edamame and almonds with a special sauce. 
Tuna was very fresh and melted in my mouth!

...Just wished for more, but my mouth was truly amused =D This is the half we each got after sharing haha!

Next was an appetizer that made me want to come here, their Linguine ($16.00). It had sea urchin, bacon, parsley, pepper, and fennel pollen in a creamy sea urchin-based sauce. The dish was a bit small, but it WAS an appie. I loved how fresh and light the sea urchin on top was, and the linguine was al dente. The dish overall was very flavorful but a tad salty for my liking. We wanted to lick the plate clean nonetheless.

The second appie we got was their Lobster ($19.00). It had lobster tail and claw, satay peanut sauce, kaki, daikon, coriander, and wild rice. The lobster was fresh and simpleI was expecting rice under it, but it turned out to be deep fried wild rice bits. Interesting dish, quite enjoyable as the peanut sauce, coriander, and daikon tasted great with the lobster! 

We only got one main, which was their Halibut ($32.00). It is made two ways, which was quite exciting for me. First, the pan-seared halibut was topped with grapes, shiitake mushroom, onion, grapes, and a chopped nut/sesame mix.The fish was fluffy, moist, and melted in my mouth. The shiitake mushrooms were cooked in butter and just soaked up the buttery goodness along with the tender onions. AMAZING.
Cooked perfectly delicious. There were around 4 little potatoes on the side that I quite enjoyed too!

Onto the deep fried portion, this was about 1/4 the size of the other piece and again, beautifully executed. The tartar sauce was light as well as the batter around the fish. The fish itself was flakey, moist, and scrumptious. I found the odd broccoli stalk slices a bit... odd (didn't taste that great). Broccoli itself was tender and tasty.

Finally, dessert! It was super hard to decide, but we finally decided on the Chocolate Mousse ($10.00). It had coffee cream, cherry, cashews, elderberry sauce, and ricotta ice cream (and chocolate mousse too of course). The mousse was so rich and smooth, I loved it. The nuts added extra texture to the mix and worked well. Adorables wasn't a fan of the ricotta ice cream, said the salty flavor wasn't his thing.

I even had fun after inspiration struck me as we scraped this plate clean! Overall it was a memorable experience. They knew we were sharing the dishes and prepared us sharing plates for every single thing we ordered! I felt kind of environmentally unfriendly for using so many dishes for one meal! Food was delectable and although the linguine was a bit salty, the decor was simple and clean, service was exemplar, and the atmosphere was beautiful. Though we were probably the youngest ones there, and the most under-dressed, I still felt very welcomed and comfortable. Adorables' wallet cried though.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Legend House: It's like they dropped a salt bomb!

Annnd I'm back! Wasn't very busy today, but I guess it's because there's no lunch special and less people working around here on a Saturday =P

Click to add a blog post for Legend House on ZomatoRestaurant: Legend House (visit their website here)
Location: 140-1169 Pacific Street, Coquitlam
Cuisine: Chinese, Northern Chinese, Sichuan
Price range: <$10 for lunch special

Date of visit: May 30, 2015
Atmosphere: 2/5
Staff/service: 4/5
Food variety: 5/5
Food quality: 1/5
Buck worthy? 2/5

They were very nice in seating us, one waitress brought us some water because she saw my grandma had some medication to take (without us asking for it), so thoughtful =) Went straight in to order my usual Shanghai "XiaoLongBao" Soup Dumplings ($7.50 for 8 pieces). But to our surprise today... it was super salty! I'm not kidding, it was as if they had added two to three times the normal amount that it stung our throats going down! Flagged someone down but all she could do was give us sympathetic looks =/

Hoping for better, I tried something new today, Xi'an Cold Steamed Noodles ($6.95) less spicy. It looked really good when it arrived, but oh gosh. This was super salty AND super spicy. Shaking my head, I couldn't feel my mouth anymore. Super disappointed that less spicy turned into extra spicy. At least the noodles were very chewy!

Again, we ordered Shanghai Wontons ($6.95) for my grandma. Lo and behold these were salty as well. Super salty. We told a waitress that everything was far too salty, and she asked me if I'd had them before. Wow. Really? Why yes, I was just here two times this past week, ordering the same two dishes. No solution to our salty problem, we poured all the soup into our bowls and asked them for cups of hot water to hopefully rinse out the salt. But when the meat is overseasoned-- it's hard to take out of wontons. Either way, eventually ate these with many rinses of water.

The only decent dish was the Mu-Shu Stir Fried Noodles ($11.95) with dragging noodles. It had pork, wood ear, onions and celery. This was on the salty side, but not as disastrous as the other dishes. Noodles were chewy and al dente.

Definitely going to be a little while before I come back here again. One of the waitresses eventually remembered how often we were here and apologized that our meal had a super dose of salt and that they'll work on it and how sorry she was. Also gave us 10% off for all our troubles of rinsing our food with water =/ Usually I just let it go, but my grandma really can't handle too much salt in her diet for obvious reasons. *sigh* Another good place down the hatch. I just wish they could've stayed amazing, but all things come to an end...