Monday, July 26, 2010

Duggan's Brewery

My colleagues took me out to lunch for my birthday awhile back. Before heading out, they asked me where I wanted to go. The first place that popped into my head was the Beer Bistro (I haven't had their frites in ages, cravingggg even right now). Unfortunately, one of my bosses took a client there for lunch the week before and politely asked if I can make another suggestion. What can I say? "No its my birthday and I call the shots"? Um. No. Not really. So I thought for awhile, then remembered seeing a foodie friend's pictures of her dinner at Duggan's Brewery on Facebook before and the food looked quite good. I suggested Duggan's Brewery and off we went. It is literally a two minute walk from my work. 

I don't really drink beer. I find that it fills me up too quickly so I usually pass on it. But this never deters me from going to a pub as long as they have good food and good munchies. My colleagues ordered the first two beer on the list below: German pils and Asian Lager (pictured above).

I love poutine and I love duck confit, therefore it was a no brainer that I order this:

Duck Confit Poutine - House cut golden brown chips, roast pan gravy and cheese curds.

This poutine was really tasty - had a lot of cheese and duck confit! The fries were aIso done just right. I  was stuffed after finishing the whole thing (the poutine is under "Starts and Snacks").

My colleagues had the following:

Lamb shank - Porter braised lamb shanks, Ulster style champ potatoes. She said although the meat is very tender and soft, the lamb lacked a lot of flavour and was very bland.

The Poacher Pizza - Caramelized onion, Cremini mushroom, French herb, Duck confit. My colleage said this was good. That was it. A man of few words. By the way this pizza was HUGE.

House made corned beef shaved sandwich with horseradish mayo and house pickle. He also ordered a side of beet salad - musclin mix, baby beets, shaved fennel, orange segments, beemster cheese and a house red wine vinegarrette topped with toasted almonds. Again, he said it was "good".

For dessert, we each ordered a Cinnamon Stout Creme Brulee. We all thought this was horrible. Once the top layer is broken, we noticed how the texture of the creme brulee was so liquidity and thin, watery almost. As for the taste, it was all cinnamon, it could've been called "Cinnamon Creme Brulee" for all I know. This was one very very poorly made creme brulee. 

Aside from the Creme Brulee, I liked Duggan's - it is a high end pub that doesn't serve your typical pub food but rather food that you will find at a nice restaurant.

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