It was our 6 year anniversary and we chose to go to Brigg’s because we wanted to go somewhere cost effective with excellent food. With a whole lot of major house renovations this summer, our eating out budget is getting smaller and smaller… (insert sad face here!). The food at Briggs, yet again, did not disappoint. Our server was super friendly and service was great. I’ve (almost) always found the service to be very good here, and tonight we even had the pleasure of a quick tour of the kitchen! Our only issue with the evening was that it was way too loud and therefore difficult to talk. I figured a Thursday evening would be less busy than the actual Friday of our anniversary so I booked our dinner a day early. However, Briggs had just launched their new happy hour the day we were there so there was a lot of excitement in the bar. The noise slowly died down as people left the bar throughout the evening. I’m not the kind of person who loves a loud, fun vibe when I’m eating out… If I’m having dinner I’d rather have a quiet, slow ambience so I can talk to the people I’m dining with, without having to shout or get distracted. So, call me an old lady (I’ve heard it before!).
We were torn on what to get, but we decided on a number of smaller dishes for sharing so that we could try a bunch of new things. This turned out to be a great idea – not only because we got to try so many new things, but also because it turned out to be pretty cost effective.
We ordered the Smoked Brisket Sliders for $4 each. With a hint of apple and a smoky and sweet BBQ sauce, the fresh buttered & toasted bun held the little bundle of joy together as I shoved it into my mouth. The sliders sure didn’t look like anything special, but the flavours were delicious! We both highly recommend these babies. Yum!
We also enjoyed the Crispy Humboldt Calamari for $13. It was served on a lemon fennel slaw with tomato aioli. The slaw wasn’t just a decoration – it was quite enjoyable and it went really well with the calamari. It was a fair serving of calamari, and it was nice that the presentation was more than just some squid on a plate. You could truly enjoy this dish with a soup or salad and be satisfied for lunch or dinner.
The Rock Crab & Ricotta Gnocchi served with lobster cream, pea shoots and parmesan ($18) was super delicious. The gnocchi were pan fried so they were nice and crispy on one side. The peas gave the dish some texture and the tomatoes added a fresh, light twist to the dish. The lobster cream sauce is my favourite thing at Brigg’s, and the dish was reminiscent of the Newf’s poutine which is also served with the lobster cream sauce. There was a fair amount of rock crab in the dish, and we scraped every bit off the plate (main photo at the top of the page). If you like gnocchi, you have to try this dish.
We had to have a veggie, so we chose the Red Beets with Almonds, Feta Cheese and Mint for $11. I was invited to try the dish again since they recently changed the nuts from pistachio’s to almonds. Honestly, both Jay and I liked the pistachio’s better… I think the almonds were just to big and too crunchy. The dish is still great though – it’s a large bowl, and the feta cheese and mint bring a nice fresh zing to the beets.
We were treated to the Josper Smoked Wings with lemon salt and chilli ketchup ($13). The first time we had them they were burned and all we could taste was blackened chicken. This time, they were perfect! There was so much flavour in these wings – the mesquite smokey flavour from the charcoal in the josper oven added a special depth to the wings. The lemon salt added a fresh layer of flavour that was subtle but brilliant. We were actually so full at this point we had to get half of the wings to go. I would recommend these wings for sure.
Our tour of the kitchen exposed us to the crazy heat that the chef and cooks have to endure! The two Josper oven’s put out some serious heat – one of them was 460C at the time – that is a crazy 860F! I believe that many of the menu items are either cooked in or finished in the Josper ovens to get that hint of mesquite smoke. I can imagine – just keeping something in the oven a few seconds too long at those kinds of temperatures would be enough to burn them.
For dessert we splurged and got one each (no sharesies here!)… Jay ordered the Pumpkin Cheesecake with apple cider glaze and crumble ($9). If you like pumpkin cheesecake, this is way better! The crumble on the outside was awesome, giving it a great texture and crunch. I was only able to have a couple small bites, but it was delicious.
This was my third time having the Warm Chocolate Pot with pecan brittle and vanilla ice cream. It’s still one of my faves. If you like chocolate cake – the warm ooey gooey kind – you’ll love this!