Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fat Badger

July 15, 2014

Lincolnshire bangers 'n' mash, cider & onion gravy, crispy sage - 2

J's comment > not bad; sausage was very flavorful and potatoes were insanely creamy

Crispy ox tongue, warm new potato & beet salad, horseradish & green sauce - 2

J's comment > not bad; the 'crispy' factor wasn't crispy like I imagine 'tortilla chips crispy', but was instead a crisp (no 'y'), firm texture that was quite pleasant; could have used more green sauce and subbed the potato salad for another complement w a different texture

Beer battered fish & chips, mushy peas & tartare sauce - 2

J's comment > not bad; one of the better fish and chips (search 'fish and chips' on the site to see the others that I've tried); batter done really well, very crispy but not greasy; fish not dry; chips were forgettable though, slightly dry

Welsh Rarebit - 2

J's comment > not bad; essentially an open-faced grilled cheese sandwich; despite the umm 'crispy' edges, the cheese was actually not charred at all; would have loved a bit more cheesy stringiness factor though; bread was soft but a tad too much bread to cheese ratio

Zucchini flowers stuffed w beef shin, potato & stilton - 2

J's comment > not bad; excellent batter and deep fry - just the lightest brush of batter but oh so crispy; zucchini so tender that it's forgiven for being a veggie; totally didn't get the beef shin, potato or stilton though

Mini yorkshire puddings, roast beef, gravy & horseradish - 2

J's comment > not bad; very airy and light yorkshire puddings; not too much roast beef which made it a good balance

Black pudding on toast, roast radishes, poached egg, crispy pig's ear, mustard mayo - 2

J's comment > not bad; first black pudding I've ever had! not at all what I expected; the black pudding (essentially pork blood & oatmeal, more info @ Wiki) had a slightly crumbly texture, reminiscent of feta, and didn't taste like blood in the least, if anything, kinda like crumbly tofu but w more umami flavor; bread was soft and went well w the black pudding; the different textures in the complements were a good touch

Roast sockeye, yukon potatoes, crispy bacon, fava's mustard mayo - 2

J's comment > not bad; salmon technically cooked well but nothing exciting; didn't get the bacon; the salmon nicoise salad @ Bel Cafe was better

Salad of pork belly, watercress, apple sauce, pickled rhubarb & hazelnuts - 2

J's comment > not too fond of the cold bacon although it was technically OK; complements were a nice touch in jazzing up an otherwise plain dish, but couldn't save it

Raspberry and strawberry eton mess - 2

J's comment > not bad; another winning meringue that doesn't have the disgusting raw egg white flavor that was crisp and light; well-balanced sweet & sour notes; would have loved a tad more cream though

Sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch sauce & vanilla ice cream - 2

J's comment > not bad; very rich; just a smidgen over caramelized (almost burnt) butterscotch sauce; ice cream was a nice touch, but not necessary; this sticky toffee pudding was reminiscent of the Island Highlander's sticky toffee pudding which has a slight edge over this version, but alas the Highlander only rarely comes out to the GVRD craft fairs, but if you do catch him, you can stock up and warm them up at home

Rhubarb & ginger fool - 2

J's comment > fool (essentially custard, more info @ Wiki) texture was like a thick cream and had lots of sour notes from the rhubarb and ginger; oats didn't really add much to the fool


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Extra Comment
The only other British pub I've been to is the Cheshire Cheese Inn on Dunbar. I reviewed the CCI post and realized that the top dishes for both locations were Bangers and Mash. How intriguing... Fat Badger is definitely more upscale than CCI, but they both have their charms.

Labels: alberni, british, downtown, west end

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