My BFF was visiting from Toronto last month and we decided to go to Earl’s Test Kitchen to grab some food before watching a movie. It’s located down the block from the Scotiabank theatre on Hornby and Smithe. It’s so convenient there’s no way you can be late for the movie! We watched Guardians of the Galaxy which was pretty funny. This was my first time at this Earl’s. In fact, I think this is the first time I’ve been to any Earl’s in ages! Read more
My co-worker suggested we hit up Original Joe’s for their happy hour (50% off certain appetizers from 3-6pm) and since I’ve never really gone anywhere for happy hour I thought it was a good idea. Original Joe’s is located above Starbucks on Broadway and Cambie and the entrance is next to La Taqueria. I never really thought about visiting before since it just didn’t look that exciting.
The restaurant is a sports bar with lots of TV’s and even a nice pool table at the back! There were lots of large comfy booth seats as well but the lighting is dim as with most bars/pubs. Not all appetizers are available for the happy hour promotion though although I can’t remember which ones are not available…
We all agreed that we love Sweet Potato Fries so we had to order it. the fries were long and crispy on the outside but flavour wise it was really meh … they just felt a bit under seasoned and didn’t have that sweet potato flavour. It was disappointing since it is hard to screw up fries but these just tasted kinda weird. Just not the addictive fries I was hoping for. I believe we ordered the chipotle dip but I think they gave us the dill dip instead as evidenced by the dill pieces in the dip.
This was the Chili Lime Chicken which was breaded chicken tossed in a sweet chili sauce with lime, cucumber, crispy chow mein noodles and green onions. This dish was not bad since I really like the sweet chili sauce and it does feel a bit spicy after a few pieces.
Next we also had the Calamari which came with a tzatziki sauce and also some breaded red peppers, onions and jalapeños. As far as calamari goes, this tasted extremely bland to me even though it looks good. The portion was a good size but it really lacked flavour and you need copious amounts of dip to help it out.
I love wings so we couldn’t pass up the chance to order some! These were the BBQ Wings which were served with celery and carrots sticks and some ranch dip. The wings were not dry and had a decent amount of meat on them! It probably helped that the wings were coated in a wet sauce too. Each serving is 1lb and has about 8-10 wings.
To further satisfy our wing cravings, we also had an order of Sweet Chili Wings as well! It came with the same sides and the wings were also the same quality as above.
So my favourite items were the wings and then the Chili Lime Chicken. For the happy hour price of $5-6 I can’t really complain about anything. It’s a cheaper chain restaurant so nothing amazing here but I would pass on the calamari and sweet potato fries … Our server wasn’t exactly friendly but she was efficient for sure.
So in my previous post I said my coworkers and I had tried to go for lunch at Gyu-Kaku but it was super busy. With that in mind, we made reservations for the following Friday and what do you know? It wasn’t busy at all… >.>
Gyu-Kaku has Happy Hour from 11-30-6 and after 9pm everyday!!! How awesome is that? They also have a menu of lunch specials too. You can also make your own set by adding $3 to certain happy hour menu items.
After much much much debating, I ordered the Meat Lover’s Set (toro beef shio, kalbi chuck tare, bistro hanger steak miso, rice, miso soup, & small salad). I am really not quite sure which meat is which but it all tasted good! I think this was a good deal for $10.95 and 3 kinds of meat. Also, their bowl of rice was huge. If you just get one type of meat and upgrade it to a set then the portion is a bit smaller too except it’s cheaper so you decide how much you want to eat!
Cooking the meat! It could take a while if you have a lot of people but that’s part of the fun right? Although if you have like 8 people there’s still only 1 grill on the table… The only problem I had was that sometimes I wasn’t sure if my food was cooked yet so sometimes it might be over or under cooked but if you can cook then it shouldn’t be a problem for you. They also give you 3 types of dipping sauces: a ponzu sauce, a sweet soy sauce and a spicy soy sauce? All three were quite tasty but the meat was well marinated enough already.
I like how they have a lot of variety and small appetizers but if you want to eat a lot of meat then it’s still going to be pricey. But definitely come for happy hour!