Posts Tagged With: meat

Schwartz’s

Before I went to Montreal, I heard about Schwartz’s which is synonymous with smoked meat sandwich. My friends in Toronto, when I told them I was going to visit Montreal, told me to go eat poutine and smoked meat sandwich which translates to La Banquise and Schwartz’s. During my Free Old Montreal Walking Tour, my guide told us that Celine Dion owns Schwartz’s.

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I set out from my hostel with three other people and we walked to Schwartz’s so I could eat dinner. We got there after 8:30pm and there was still a line up outside the door for a table. Since I was the only one who hadn’t eaten, I decided to get take out rather than wait in line for a table. I got the smoked meat sandwich ($7.64 including tax). It’s basically 2 pieces of bread with dijon mustard between a huge stack of smoked meat. It was absolutely delicious! There was alot of fatty oily smoked meat and at times an entire mouthful is just smoked meat. Overall, it satisfied the carnivore inside of me. If I’m in Montreal again I will come back if I have a craving for smoked meat sandwiches.

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Korean BBQ Restaurant

My friend and I were in downtown Kitchener to let my friend try bahn mi however the restaurant we were looking for moved locations so we were left wandering around downtown Kitchener looking for a decently priced Asian restaurant back in early April. We came across Korean BBQ and decided to try it.

Kimchi Top left: potatoes Bottom left: kimchi Top right: spicy beancurd Bottom right: beansprouts

Kimchi
Top left: potatoes
Bottom left: kimchi
Top right: spicy beancurd
Bottom right: beansprouts

My friend got kalbi with rice and bulgogi with rice (both are $8.49 each) because she couldn’t decide between the two. I got sweet potato noodles ($8.49). They gave us 4 different kinds of kimchi. There was potatoes, kimchi, beansprouts and spicy beancurd. The kimchi was good. The sweet potato noodles were ok. My friend liked both the kalbi with rice and bulgogi with rice.

Sweet Potato Noodles

Sweet Potato Noodles

Kalbi with Rice

Kalbi with Rice

Bulgogi with Rice

Bulgogi with Rice

If you don’t want to go to Owl of Minerva at Uptown Waterloo and you’re in Kitchener, this restaurant serves decent Korean food.

Categories: Canada, Cuisine, Downtown Kitchener, Food, Korean, Restaurant Review | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment

Smokes Poutinerie

Poutine, can’t be any more Canadian than this! Perhaps, with the exception of Beaver Tails. I’ve had the butter chicken poutine ($6.73) and the braised beef poutine from New York Fries. They were both good for poutine that has non-traditional toppings on it. However I like the variety of choices that Smokes Poutinerie offers. I went to Smokes Poutinerie in Waterloo with a friend back in April. I got the Triple Pork Poutine (Chipolte pulled pork, double-smoked bacon and Italian sausage) while my friend got the Double Pork Poutine (Chipolte pulled pork and double-smoked bacon). They were both $7.99 for a regular size and $10.99 for a large size. I preferred the Triple Pork Poutine over the braised beef poutine from New York Fries.

Triple Pork Poutine

Triple Pork Poutine

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Bread Heads

If you’re craving pizza and you’re in downtown Kitchener, you’re in luck. On Duke Street, there’s a small quaint place called Bread Heads that serves fresh pizza from their wood fired oven! Their pizzas are all thin crust pizzas. Aside from pizza, they also serve sandwiches, melts and baked goods that you can see from outside the storefront window.

Harvest Pizza

Harvest Pizza

I’ve been there twice. The first time I went I had their Breadheadigan pizza. The Breadheadigan pizza contains pesto, cherry tomatoes, monforte fresco cheese, parmesan cheese and balsamic reduction. It was delicious and it was my first time eating pizza baked in a wood fired oven. I loved how the crust was so thin and crispy and the combination of pesto and balsamic vinegar was heavenly. The second time I went I had their Harvest pizza. The Harvest pizza contains tomato sauce, fire roasted vegetables (peppers, onions, zucchini), mozzarella cheese, monforte fresco cheese and balsamic reduction. It was quite delicious.

Overall, I think I prefer the Breadheadigan pizza over the Harvest pizza due to the pesto and balsamic vinegar combination. It would be great if the toppings from the two pizzas could be combined. In any case, if you want pizza in downtown Kitchener, this is the place to go!

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Summerlicious: Rodeo Brazilian Steakhouse

This year is my first time participating in Summerlicious/Winterlicious. My friend and I decided to go to Rodeo Brazilian Steakhouse because we never had Brazilian cuisine before and the buffet price for Summerlicious is $35 as opposed to the regular price of $40/50. We went last Wednesday night. The decor was ok, however the lighting was on the dim side with tea lights providing most of the light in the room so the room had a nice ambiance.

Appetizer Buffet

Appetizer Buffet

The meal consisted of appetizers and the main course. The appetizers were all at the square buffet tables. There was mango salad, guacamole, shrimp, brie cheese, goat cheese, deli meat, salad, among other things. I was going to get some brie cheese however I noticed alot of flies surrounding the brie cheese so I decided to give it a pass. On the whole, the appetizers were ok. The side dish to the appetizers was this small bread encasing cheese. I liked it however my friend wasn’t a fan of it since he’s not a huge fan of cheese. After we were done eating the appetizers, we told our waitress that we were ready for the main course and if we could have the green card. The green card lets the servers know that you are ready to eat the selection of meats and pineapple while on the flip side is the red card which lets the servers know that you are full and you no longer want to be served.

my plate of appetizers

my plate of appetizers

 

bread encasing cheese

bread encasing cheese

 

IMG_20130710_194215On the website, it says that there’s salmon, leg of lamb, beef rib, lamb chops, turkey breast with bacon, picanha steaks, chicken hearts, among other kinds of meat. The aforementioned meats weren’t served at all. Instead my friend and I had alcatra, picanha signature cut, ribs, porchetta, rodeo sausage, beef with garlic, rodeo steak, filet mignon with bacon, chicken legs, pork loin with parmesan cheese and roasted pineapple. I enjoyed the pork loin with parmesan cheese and the roasted pineapple. The others were ok. Most of the beef was tough, salty and flavourless. I added alot of relish-like condiment to the meat to make it flavourful. The side dishes to the main course included mushrooms, potatoes, fried plantains, beans with rice, a relish-like condiment and bbq sauce. I really enjoyed the fried plantains and the beans were rice were alright. My friend didn’t really like any of the side dishes. We both really enjoyed the roasted pineapple. If possible, get the pineapple with the skin. The skin is dusted with cinnamon so it gives it a nice little kick and the pineapple itself was very juicy. My friend and I had a few slices of the pineapple each.

chicken legs

chicken legs

on my plate: susage and fillet mignon with bacon side dishes: mushrooms, potatoes, fried plantains, rice with beans condiments: bbq sauce and relish-like condiment

on my plate: susage and fillet mignon with bacon
side dishes: mushrooms, potatoes, fried plantains, rice with beans
condiments: bbq sauce and relish-like condiment

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sirloin

sirloin

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roasted pineapple!

roasted pineapple!

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The Summerlicious menu says that there is dessert which is cheese and fruit which could be find at the appetizer buffet table and it also mentioned Brazilian cake. When my friend and I asked our waitress about the Brazilian cake. She said that there was an extra charge for Brazilian cake. My friend and I decided to forgo it although I was looking forward to trying out the Brazilian cake.

Overall, our experience at Rodeo Brazilian Steakhouse was subpar. The waitress was nice however it took a long time for her to change my friend’s plate from an appetizer plate to a main course plate, give us our side dishes, give us the green/red card, change my plate, and get the bill. She would ignore us when we tried to get her attention. It took the people beside us nearly an hour to get their bill. Meanwhile the couple on the other side of us found raw meat and it took them a while to be able to flag down the waitress to tell her about it. I didn’t like the fact that the waitress automatically added a 17% tip to the bill. She said that the Summerlicious menu automatically means tip and tax are automatically added to the bill.¬†When I said that the tip was more than 15%, she said that it was 15%. My friend told me to calculate tip with the tax added onto the $35 and it was 15%. To me, tax and tip are charged on the grand total of the food price not the total of food and tax. I also didn’t like that the tip was automatically added to the bill at such a steep percentage when I felt that the service I received doesn’t warrant a 17% tip. The grand total made it so that any discount you’d get from eating their Summerlicious menu was completely mitigated. There’s barely any difference eating their Summerlicious menu compared to their regular menu. The food, aside from the roasted pineapple, the pork with parmesan cheese and the fried plantains, wasn’t worth the price of $35. I wouldn’t recommend eating here unless you want to try Brazilian cuisine.

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