Wow, this week has been crazy. We’re planning to gut the main floor of our house, so working with a designer, each evening after work we’ve been measuring and re-measuring where the island is going to go and how large the cupboards should be. That, plus Jay backed into my vehicle in the driveway so I had to get estimates for repair. Oh, and I’m a great-auntie now! My niece who lives in Kelowna gave birth to a very large but healthy baby girl last week. I’m not a baby person, but little Jovi June is really quite adorable.
I was able to able to catch up with someone I’ve worked with on and off for probably a decade now… man, I’m getting old. As my friend is from out of town, I picked the place for lunch. I deemed Workshop worthy of another shot since my dinner there a few months ago was pretty good. My first experience with the three course lunch menu when Workshop first opened was sub-par. I was quite impressed with lunch on this day, however, as was my friend.
Service was good – attentive but not too much in our face. I was absolutely impressed with how much information our server had to remember just to tell us what the daily special was. I think she talked for a minute explaining the daily soup, fish and braise dishes. I’d never be able to remember that all, especially since it changes daily!
To share, we ordered the Prawn, Smoked Bacon and Mussel Bruschetta ($10). The bruschetta was served on 4 slices of bread so it was a fair portion size for 2 people. There was a lot of bruschetta piled on top of the bread, spilling over onto the plate. There was no skimping on the seafood and bacon in the dish, and the bacon was cut into chunks, giving the bruschetta texture and a wonderful smoky flavour. I wasn’t sure if the bruschetta was supposed to be hot or cold, as it was just a little bit warm. If you’re a fan of bacon and prawn I would recommend this dish for sure.
I ordered the Braised Lamb Melt with Fig and Leek Jam, Cambozola Cheese and Arugula ($21). I chose the soup of the day which was a cream of celery. Holy crow, this was the biggest pile of lamb I’ve ever had in any restaurant any where (the photo doesn’t do it justice). The lamb was perfectly slow roasted and well flavoured – the creamy cambozola cheese turned the sandwich into a party in my mouth. If you love lamb, you should love this sandwich. There was no strong gamey flavour, so even if you love braised beef you should love this sandwich. There were no bits of fat or gelatin or chewy stuff in the meat – it was just meat. But, you can’t be afraid of the cambozola cheese (it’s like a blue cheese) – there was a fair amount of it but it was kind of like the icing on the cake. I guess for the price, the sandwich should come with a pile of meat… but it was totally delicious and highly recommended. My cream of celery soup was a ‘take it or leave it’ experience. I’m not a lover of celery to begin with, but I wasn’t feeling fries (OMG I’d never be able to eat a side of fries with that huge sandwich) or a salad. Don’t get me wrong, the soup was good, but I would have loved it better if it was a different vegetable (like cream of broccoli and cheese… mmmmm).
My friend ordered the Grilled Cab Top Sirloin with Salt Roasted Carrots, Potato Mille Feuille, Brown Butter Hollandaise and Bacon Compote ($24.50). The dish looked delicious and was well presented. He very much enjoyed the steak.
All in all, I’ve come around to enjoying Workshop. I’ll go back for lunch again, but I think I’ll continue to order off the menu rather than partake in the 3 course lunch.