After a couple months closed to deal with a burst water pipe, The Street Eatery is back up and running and is even better than before. It had been a while since I last visited, and it’s clear that the restaurant has improved in a number of ways, so if it’s been a while since you’ve been, you should really check them out again. When they first opened they only offered counter (self) service but they now use tablets to take your order at your table and offer full service any time outside of their busy lunch hour rush.
The updated menu has a much greater selection of drinks, including a wide variety of fancy and less fancy milkshakes. They make their chocolate sauce in house and it’s not killer sweet, which is great. But if you are in the mood for a beer, they have quite a few to choose from compared to the last time I was there. The menu is fairly large and it includes salads, sandwiches, burgers, tacos, wraps and bowls. I think you could eat here no matter what mood you were in.
I was invited back to the restaurant to try some new things, so Jay and I were really looking forward to it since we loved the King Tostadas the first time. We wish the restaurant was closer to home because we really would eat there a lot. The prices are very reasonable and the food is great. I went for the Macaroni Makhani (cavatappi pasta baked in a tomato infused cheese sauce) with chicken for $12 – it’s pretty much a cheesy butter chicken pasta. Even though this is listed in the ‘to start’ category on the menu, the portion size was generous enough for a dinner entree. I thought the sauce was spot on. Significantly improved over the butter chicken sauce that I originally tried months ago. The pasta was perfectly cooked, the sauce was cheesy and had an awesome kick of flavour, and the big chunks of chicken were tender. I would totally get this dish again and I highly recommend it.
Jay ordered the 38th Parallel Burger – 4oz for $13 or an 8oz for $16. The burger was made with Alberta beef, pork belly, kimchi apple slaw, fried egg, scallions, Korean chilli aioli and served on a soft bun sprinkled with sesame seeds. I ate more of Jay’s burger than he would have liked! OMG – it was super tasty! There were multiple textures in this burger – chewy, crispy, soft and tender. And multiple flavours – sweet, spicy and savoury all in one bite. I really was impressed, and I’m not BS’ing because I was a guest of the restaurant. This was a friggin’ good burger! I would totally get this burger again and I highly recommend it. For $13 it was a wicked deal. The burger came with homemade thin cut salt and pepper chips or house salad. Jay of course got the chips and they were awesome – not greasy and not over seasoned at all.
For dessert we shared the C.R.E.A.M. StreetShake ($14), which stands for Chocolate Rules Everything Around Me. The shake came with a hazelnut chocolate frosted rim coated with roasted almonds, topped with a rocky road brownie, whipped cream, a skewer of toasted marshmallows, drizzled with chocolate. The brownie was moist and tasty, but I think the marshmallows on top of it should be toasted too. The chocolate shake was smooth and creamy and not too sweet. We figured out the best way to eat the hazelnut chocolate along the edge of the glass – drink enough of the shake so the cold doesn’t keep the chocolate firm any more, then scrape the chocolate off the glass and enjoy it. Since I like chocolate and caramel together, the only way this shake could be better is to remove the mini marshmallows from the brownie and drizzle it in caramel instead. Mmmmm…. decadent!
Many of the menu items look super tasty – I really need to try more things! If you haven’t been to The Street Eatery yet and are open minded to various cultural treats, you should check it out.