Okay. Here was the scenario. I needed some lunch and I felt like heading over to Richmond. That's right. Richmond. Woah dude, how about your car? It's like new, you're just asking for trouble... Well, I was intending on meeting Choobee and JoJo, who were already in Richmond. Now, there are ways to keep the risk to a minimum. First, stay away from #3 Road. Second, find a place with a spacious parking lot. Third, don't eat Chinese food. By employing that strategy, it decreases the chance of door dings, accidents and parking spot conflicts. Now that is easier said than done because most of the best eats (that are Asian) are near #3 Road and involve challenging parking lots.
So after tossing several ideas around, we decided to head out to Nooch Snack and Chill near the new Ikea. Alright, that would work. It satisfied all of our criteria and hopefully the food would be good too. Since both of them decided to go for sandwiches, I went for something different with the Spaghetti Bolognese. Before that, I had the Butternut Squash Soup (which was the Soup du Jour). This always reminds me of Jim Carey in Dumb & Dumber asking the waitress what is the Soup du Jour. She replies, "it's the soup of the day". And he responds, "mmm, that sounds good, I'll have that". In fact, this soup was not bad. It was a touch thick and clumpy, but it tasted good. I could definitely make out the nutmeg and there was an underlying spice as well.
The Spaghetti Bolognese wasn't exactly a true version of the dish, but then again, I did not expect as much. The pasta was al dente while the sauce was like any other typical meat sauce. The onions and carrots were not cooked down, therefore the sauce was a bit chunky and the meat was a bit chewy. It was okay. JoJo opted for the Tuna Melt with tomato and cheddar. Although it wasn't exactly exciting, the melt was solid. There was ample tuna with crunchy bits with a liberal amount of melted cheese on top. Now, the favourite of the bunch was Choobee's selection of the Italian Sausage Panini. Yes, there were the usual jokes about that... She did look happy eating it. Nestled inside crispy bread was meaty sausage, onions, peppers and mozzarella. The sausage was not fatty and had a nice flavour. The onions and peppers both added sweetness. Although we weren't necessarily "wow'd" by anything we ate, the food was generally solid, especially for a lunch joint. Prices are okay, service is friendly and the place is clean. Bottom line - it did the job.
- Friendly service
- Okay pricing
- The place is clean
- Food is pretty ordinary