Normally, the regular routine would see JuJu and I go out for eats after Summer Sunday hockey. However, in the dead of Winter, it seemed like a good idea to change things up and make an impromptu food adventure to Townhall in Coquitlam. After all, he just had a kid, so getting out of the house for some beer and eats was the natural thing to do. Wait, that doesn't sound right... He must have an understanding wife. Wait... I have an understanding wife!
We started with the 1lb of the Free Range Chicken Wings dressed in simple sea salt and cracked pepper. These were of a decent size and fried up crispy. There was just enough seasoning without being overly salty. Although the meat was far from being juicy, it wasn't overly dry either. Next, we shared the Townhall Perogies stuffed with cheddar and potato. These were fried and served with onion gravy, applewood bacon, fried chorizo, green onions and sour cream. Interestingly, I loved all the components except for the perogies. The gravy was rich and flavourful while the meats were aromatic and flavourful. The perogies themselves were dense and not really that crispy.
For our mains, JuJu had the Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich. There was nothing inherently terrible about the sandwich, but it was lacking in some ways. The amount of meat was pretty modest and somehow, it was dried out from the reheating process. I gave it a try and for me, it was okay, but it wouldn't strike fear into a real deli. Now for myself, I was mesmerized by the Townhall'a Burger on the menu. This monstrosity consisted of 2 7oz patties of ground Alberta prime rib with braised beef, crispy onions, fried egg, smoked bacon, melted cheese and a grilled prawn skewer on toasted brioche. This was served with a full pound of crispy fries. I actually like it as the meat was moist and well-seasoned. From the runny egg to the crispy bacon, this was a solid, if not gut-busting burger. Although the brioche was rather soft and didn't really stand up to the ingredients, I personally liked it. As for the fries, they were indeed very crispy with very little potatoness left. For the items we tried, it was 50-50. Nothing was particularly terrible, but nothing was memorable either (except for the size of the burger). However, I wouldn't be opposed to dropping by after hockey another day.
- For what we had, it's decent for a pub
- We got okay service
- Food took awhile (probably because of my burger)
- A touch pricey