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Monday, August 26, 2013

Dishcrawl Hamilton - Dundas!

On Tuesday, August 20th, we ventured out to join Dishcrawl Hamilton on a Dundas Dishcrawl. The basic premise is that you visit 4 restaurants, enjoying a trio of tastes at each.  For the price of $60, with drinks along the way (alcoholic and non) extra, you are invited along on the adventure.
We began the evening at the Detour Cafe.  We started with a glass of twisted white wine and a lemonade, made with gin, ginger and cucumber.  Both were refreshing and a great way to begin.
For the meat eaters, the plate included a quinoa salad, described on their website as "Black turtle beans, radish, avocado, poblano pepper, roaster cherry tomato , sheep's milk feta, cumin lime vinagrette".  As well, we were offered fish - local perch - and housemade potato chips, fried Mac and Cheese and brasied beef.  Truly, every bite was delicious.  
For the vegetarians, the meat was replaced with a delicious, non-fried version of the Mac and Cheese, described as "Shallot-thyme infused cream sauce with three cheeses and spinach. topped with breadcrumbs".  Again, everything here was delicious   We will be going back to enjoy a meal, although their note on their website that they charge an additional $2.00 to split items seems a tad preposterous.
We were piped to our next stop, Nellie James.

Here, we were offered a trio of amuse-bouches.
Our group was of two minds of the appetizers.  Overall, we found them tasty, in particular the chicken appetizer.  However, we also felt like there was simply too much going on with each bite and that simpler would have been better.  There was no seating at this stop, and we stood in the gorgeous small garden behind the restaurant.
We wandered down King street to find our next restaurant.  Normally, at a DishCrawl, the entertainers stand outside of the next stop, drawing you in.  However, there was a problem with the next entertainer and she was singing inside the restaurant, meaning that some of the group overshot the stop and had to be called back.  Once everyone was there, we went into India Village.

Our meal here started with Papadum with spicy mango chutney.  Then, we moved onto Veggie Pakora served with tamarin sauce.  These were excellent.
To drink, we enjoyed both Cheetah Beer and housemade Mango Lassies.  The Lassies were superb.  We were given basmati rice (with tumeric), chana masa and chicken coconut curry, as well as naan.  The Indian food lovers in our group thought the food quite good, but perhaps a bit lacking in spice and flavour.  Our assumption was that the restaurant dialed it down a bit to make it more accessible.
Just down the street was our last stop - Crazy Cravings Ice Cream Truck.  On the truck, you choose a cone or a bowl, scoop your ice cream and then choose from a myriad of toppings - from gummy worms to hot fudge to nuts.  We found it a fun way to end, but perhaps a bit less impressive than the other restaurants.
Overall, Dishcrawl was a fun experience, and all members of our group were pleased to have experienced it.  At $60, I'm not sure we'll be repeating the adventure anytime soon.  It was a great time and we got a terrific amount of food, but by the time you add in a couple drinks, it's not an inexpensive night out.  The host was terrific and accommodating, though, and once we're done with paying tuition for various members of our household, we'll attend more.

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