1153 Kensington Cres. N.W. 403-607-1303
The place was referred to as Prohibition however the good instances have been all out within the open.
On a current balmy Sunday night, these in search of not-so-guilty pleasures have been making a beeline for the rooftop patio which carried extra of a Tiki-flavoured speakeasy theme.
Amid tropical shrubbery, wicker torches and fierce carved masks held court docket up high on the Rum Runner patio.
Prohibition hadn’t been re-legislated as I grabbed a tasty pint of Sirens Track wheat ale bred by by Calgary’s Ol’ Lovely Brewing Co. that went down completely for a summer time night, and at $6.95 on Sundays, a buck off the norm.
The pub’s menu injects just a few Asian twists into what’s largely, at first look not less than, a normal roster of pub fare.
A number of meat ball entrees contains Thai hen and kimchi pork numbers whereas yuzu, a citrus fruit massive in Japan, makes just a few appearances.
We summoned one other nod to Asia, the grilled octopus ($19).
This plate had quite a bit happening, together with lime-infused gelatin pearls heaped amongst a savoury-sweet mixture of chorizo bits and roasted poached pear together with a black bean puree.
Its meaty octopus tentacles have been grilled to a smoky tenderness.
The glazed yuzu Szechuan peppercorn wings ($15) had languished in a 72-hour brine and given a fruit glaze that lent a honeyed sweetness to all of the crispiness.
Greened up by a splash of arugula, they have been a particular lower above in texture and style.
Whereas our hosts’ meat balls have been calling to me, the flatbreads going previous our desk appeared too intriguing to disregard.
I went with the fiesta el demonio (usually $21 however 20% off on Sundays).
The oblong pizza provided an excellent crust of crispy chewiness infused with a spicy chili oil and given a saucy shot of sweetness.
Applewood smoked cheddar was melted over balsamic braised shortrib chunks whereas a sprinkling of cilantro and pickled carrots closed the scrumptious deal.
“It’s very attention-grabbing,” stated Mizue.
It certanly was, in a great way.
The wagyu beef burger ($18) was probably the greatest sandwiches we’ve had in a good whereas.
The patty hailing from Brant Lake boasted a buttery juiciness sweetened by a tangy purple pepper relish whereas the cilantro was a pleasant change from lettuce.
Double smoked bacon and a smoked gouda solely added texture and flavour to this fabulous burger.
Too unhealthy the run-of-the-mill home-cut French fries weren’t worthy of it.
Whenever you hit a contented, well-served patio brimming with nice meals on an excellent night, life is nice.
Asian-influenced pub grub
four stars (out of 5)
PRICE: Entrees round $16
HOURS: 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Solar.-Thurs.; 11 a.m.-2 a.m.Fri.-Sat.
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