Monday, October 21, 2013

Bolero Fire Grill

Ok... I lied. That was a longer departure than I had anticipated. My bad! I ended up spending the rest of my summer studying my ass off. That's a good enough of a reason right? To be fair, I spent so much of my time studying that I didn't get a chance to eat out (with the exception of getting fast food or take outs just so I could allocate all my available time to studying), so I'd say that's a pretty reasonable excuse for the lack of blog posts. No eating out = no restaurant to review. But alas! - I finally have time to eat (and blog) again! Now onward to the main point of this post..

I had always wanted to give the traditional Brazilian-style steakhouse a try. I finally got the chance to yesterday at Bolero Fire Grill. Their full rodízio experience during dinner is priced at a hefty $40/person. Their Sunday brunch is much more reasonable at $21.95/person. And you can bet that when I saw a deal show up on Livingsocial back in April, I jumped right on it, with the only dilemma being as to whether I should buy one or two vouchers. I ended up buying two - the deal was a  $25 voucher that could be used towards $50 worth of Food and Drink at their Sunday Brunch.

I made reservations for three people at 12:30pm. When we arrived, the restaurant was fairly quiet, and I could see that most of the patrons were finishing up. This was not surprising, as most people tend to prefer having all-you-can-eat meals during dinner rather than lunch when their appetite is larger. We were seated a table in close proximity of the buffet tables (a win in my books). And on our table was a menu that showcased the items that were served during their brunch hours.

Also located on the table was a cue that has three solid colours. The cue acts as a signal for all servers with slow-roasted skewers. The cue is to be stood with the green facing on top when you are wanting to feast on more, prompting the servers to approach your table, and turned to the red facing on top when you want to take a break. When you decide that you have had enough for that visit, you simply turn the cue sideways so that the yellow is lying on the table. 

First and foremost, I must admit that although I do love my fair share of meat, I am not much of a "meat lover". However, I did my best to try almost everything on the churrasco list (with the exception of the lamb shoulder, seasoned vegetables, and the seafood glazed with citrus and herbs). I tried a piece of everything once except for the pineapple, which I took two large slices of (because their grilled pineapple is just THAT delicious). My favourite churrasco pick of the meal would have to be the pineapple (of course),the bacon wrapped chicken thigh and the ham with sweet pineapple glaze.

On top of that, I got to try their sides bar, some brunch items and their cold-served mussels and shrimp. Their brunch items did not stand out to me, but their mussels and shrimp was so fresh and delicious that I had to go back for seconds. Unfortunately, my partners-in-crime for this particular feast and I had decided to throw in the towel before we could make it to the dessert table.

First Plate: Side Bar and Brunch Items, with some Seafood picks
(Eggs benedict, mussels, shrimps, cooked asparagus, grilled zucchini)

Second Plate: More seafood please!

Skewer of Pork Ribs

Grilled Pineapple. Perfection.

Because our reservation was at a later time, we only got to go through the churassco list once. However, one of the skewer servers was attentive and asked us what skewers we would like to see come out once more before their closing. Service by our actual server was also delivered and beyond what I would have expected in a buffet setting. He explained the style of the restaurant, how it worked, returned often to check up on us and refilled our drinks before it emptied.

The bar

Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Bolero. For being able to use my voucher, I feel like I got more than what I paid for. It was an extremely good deal. If I didn't have the voucher, I would have had to rethink about visiting this restaurant, as I don't think I would be able to eat $40 worth of meat and enjoy it at the same time. However, if you are a true carnivore, I'd suggest paying this restaurant a visit, because it is certain that you will get a good fix of meat, followed by its trustworthy sidekick, meat-sweat. I do also recommend trying a Brazilian-style steakhouse at least once in your lifetime because of the unique experience it offers. However if you find $40/person steep, I'd recommend going at brunch time as the price is more reasonable. I will return again! - For I still have another voucher to use! Next time I'll make sure to save some room for dessert ;)

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Guess who's back!

My apologizes for the two months long hiatus. So much has happened since my last post.

To give a quick update, my last post was during the week of birthday celebrations with family and friends. A few days after my annual celebration, I left to embark on a three week long backpacking trip to Europe with my best friend. I came back in the middle of June and used the following week to fall back into my usual routine. As I was starting to resume back to the daily life that I was used to prior to my vacation, the southern part of my province (and city) was devasted by a horrific flood that affected manys. This had caused a week of chaos and the entire downtown to be evacuated for the following week. As repairs and maintence went underway to fix this natural disaster, the city began to see light again in a short matter of time under the leadership of our beloved Mayor Nenshi. Stampede arrived without a warning and ten days of fried junk food and intoxication transformed my unknown western home into a bustling new-born city that foreigners have come to know and love as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth".

Finally, everything seems to have settled down a bit and I am back to studying. Hello books and hello again blog. A few of my friends have asked if I was going to blog about my trip, but I'm still undecided as my intention for this blog was for food-only posts. And also because there seems to be too much I'd want to write about (oh hello laziness). While I'm still deciding, I hope to have a new blog post up shortly though!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Boogie's Burgers

I visited Boogie's Burgers (a local burger joint that has been in operations since 1969) last night for the first time around 8pm thinking that I would've arrived past their dinner rush, but I was wrong. When we ordered, the girl who worked there informed us that the wait time would be roughly half an hour and asked if we were okay with that. We said yes since we weren't in a hurry. It was a Monday night, but it was also the Victoria Day long weekend Monday, so I'm unsure if that was a influencing factor in the long wait.

I must admit that Boogie's Burger looks somewhat sketchy, though I am not sure if that is just a play into their retro/old school image. Inside, there are round bar stools at the front, a number of diner-like tables that can probably sit up to ~20 people or so. In the already cramped up restaurant, there was a old school arcade machine that could be found. We decided to take a seat up in the front, on the bar stools, and one thing I noticed right away was that there was a hung string, with many tiny report clips, above the cash register that ran to the back of the kitchen by the grill. All orders printed were then clipped onto the report clips and flung back by the employee so that the orders would reach the grill where the cook was making the burgers. I thought this design was so cool - simple, old fashioned, but works as it's supposed to.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Village Ice Cream

I've been dying to go to Village Ice Cream for a try ever since I've first heard of their salted caramel flavour, but the weather was not cooperating and as a result people were seldom in the mood for a cold treat. Luckily a few weeks ago, the weather improved and over a debate that I won, I found myself at Village Ice Cream for the first time. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

AÑEJO Restaurant

I have heard of AÑEJO for some time now but was wary on trying out this place as there seemed to have been mixed reviews. I got a "taste test" from AÑEJO when I paid my first visit during the 2013 Poutine Crawl. I loved how the restaurant was designed, with its high windowed ceiling and how open the restaurant looked. I decided to go with a girlfriend of mine to catch up a couple of weeks ago on a Friday night. My friend had arrived early and was put on a wait list that would require a wait of approximately ~45 minutes. I was rushing to meet up with my friend ASAP when she told me she was early, but the wait ended up being shorter than what she was told and she had gotten a table before I had arrived. When I got there, the entire restaurant was bustling and busy. All the tables were filled up and people were everywhere. It was hard to believe that such a tiny restaurant could be so filled up. We quickly got down to business and scanned the menu together, discussing what dishes caught our attention. There were so many items on the menu that we wanted to try, but we were both not feeling all too hungry together, so we knew we had a limit on the number of dishes that we could order.