Friday, July 9, 2010

Calling all Foodies!

Me and Dan need restaraunt suggestions. So, I ask you all, the readers, to come up with places for us to visit. Now most of the time we are going to hit a place during the lunch hours so keep that in mind.

But if there is somewhere you want us to visit, that you want to see us review and give our generally honest no-nonsense opinion, then please tell us.

Hope to hear from some of you soon!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

No Tirade About Thai...

Dan here with another chapter in Furious Foodies!

So here I am, reviewing Royal Thai, because Thai food is something I've had on my list for a long time to try.

The sign seemed rather plain in its title and declaration, but that belies the experience.

The environment was well lit with natural lighting from the windows. In the inner dining area there was lighting soft enough to create a warm area, but not so much that the menu would be difficult to read. A scene depicting some supernatural battle between two foes was woven in cloth below the solid glass tabletop. Beautiful decor all around. There was a feeling of privacy even though we could see tables in front and behind us.
The menu was very carefully crafted, with maximum legibility in mind, as was the convenient dessert menu under the glass of the table.
The waitress greeted us and we asked questions about some of the dishes. They expressed great knowledge and proficiency.

The appetizer was Satay, marinated chicken on skewers with a peanut sauce, and cucumber salad. The chicken was quality meat with a low spiciness to it. The peanut sauce transformed the flavor to something sweet yet not sickeningly sweet.

Ga-ree Gai was the dish I ordered, in the style of "Thai hot." The Ga-ree Gai is sliced chicken in yellow curry along with potatoes and onion. It mentioned that it had milk in it. It is served with a cucumber salad. The salad was a (tasty) repeat of the appetizer's salad, containing chunks of carrot and sliced cucumber set in a shallow vinegar. It was crispy, fresh, and no problem to eat.

When one of the waiters arrived with the Ga-ree Gai, another came with a highly ornate cauldron just a bit larger than the size of a basketball of hot, sticky rice in a plate beside the bowl. Bit by bit, I added with the included spoon parts of the Ga-ree Gai and began to eat. The presence of the milk was there in the sort of broth this dish was drenched in. Seconds after the first bite, the spice crept up and the intensity of the burn increased until just minutes after when I was forced to put my water to use.

When we were done, we were asked if we wanted dessert. I looked over the menu and selected the Banana Delight and Coconut Ice Cream.
It featured banana pieces wrapped in a sort of rice paper and fried. These pieces were then arranged in a circle around a scoop of coconut ice cream, then lightly covered with honey. The bananas were still hot, but when the ice cream touched them the burn was swept away. It was something I most certainly would want to order again.

In all steps of the dinner, we were checked on and were asked of our impressions. Our responses: fantastic.

I rate this restaurant 9/10

Clayton: I give this a 10/10. Plain and simple! I cannot express anything that Dan has not other then I really like Pad Thai!

Royal Thai on Urbanspoon

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Quickie Review - Marty has Beef! And Chicken too!

So today I was a little annoyed at work, and whenever I get annoyed I want to eat. So I decided to hit a place I have eaten at a few times in the last 2 months, Cafe Marty. A small privately chef owned restaraunt hidden in Maitland, this place specializes it seems in BBQ. And they do it pretty darn well.

The few times prior to today that I have gone I have gotten their sandwiches, which are large and tasty (my fav being the Pulled Pork sammich!) Today however I came in and found a $10 All you can eat Lunch Buffet that involved Prime Rib, Turkey, Pork, and a few other things. I paid my $10 and believe me I was not let down. I almost slosh with the amount of food I ate.

The other items were some baked ziti (good stuff), mashed potatoes with some chedder on top, and a salad and soup offering. I got a little of each meat, some potatoes and pasta and sat down to enjoy. The prime rib? Awesome! The Turkey? Juicy and delicious. The Pork? Probably the weakest member because it was a bit too fatty for my liking. My only major complaint was that the food was a tad on the cold side. I think he needs to increase the wattage on his heat lamps or something.

For dessert he had 2 options: Banana Foster and Brownies. Lemme tell ya, the brownies were the way to go. The Banana was good (and I would eat it again) but man I could just devour those devilish brownies!

All in all, if you are in the Maitland area and want a quick tasty bite to eat, I heartily recommend Cafe Marty.

7/10 Rating!

Café Marty on Urbanspoon