Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hot and Sour at Hamachi Kita

On a beautiful, sunny afternoon earlier in May, Mitch and I went out for some brunch.  We got ready and went out without coming to a consensus as to the resto.  He was all for the Pad Thai at Fid and I wanted eggs; specifically a delicious, inventive, spicy egg dish at The Coastal.  I won.  

We walked from the South end of Barrington all the way to Robie and sat outside to enjoy a coffee and check out the menu while we waited for a table. At this point, Mitch confided some essential info: that he "wasn't in the mood for eggs." So I rolled my eyes, paid for my coffee and racked my brain to determine a place that would make us both happy.  We settled on Epicurious Morsels in the Hydrostone where I could have brunch and he, a savoury dish.  Of course, we arrived just as the brunch service was ending, so we went next door to Hamachi Kita, where Mitch got: the Pad Thai.  It all comes full circle!

Pad Thai ($13.99) 
w/ shrimp, stir-fried rice noodles, egg, bean sprouts 
and chili Pad Thai sauce

The Pad Thai was very nice.  With the peanuts, sauce and bean sprouts, it had elements of fresh, crunchy, sweet; all the things you look for in a good noodle dish.  The portion was pretty good too. 

Green Curry Vegetable Puffs ($7.99)
fried egg roll wrappers filled w/ 
sweet potatoes, corn, peas and served w/ a sweet Thai chili sauce
Tom Yum Hot and Sour Soup ($6.99)
herb broth w/ lime leaves, galangal, tomato, lemon grass, 
mushroom, shallot and shrimp
My green curry puffs were OK; though not something I'd likely order again.  The flavour was nice, but they were a bit dry and the serving size - for $8 - left much to be desired.  The Tom Yum soup on the other hand, was just that: yummy.  I expected tiny shrimp, but was pleasantly surprised at the size of the prawns and the fact that there were at least four in the bowl.  There was a great contrast in flavour here too; spicy with a touch of sweet, and the fresh cilantro gave the bowl a burst of bright freshness.

This was a pretty good lunch on the fly.  I wouldn't order the curry puffs again, but I'd definitely go for the Tom Yum soup on a crisp winter's night.  The Pad Thai was pretty delicious too - and on that note, stay tuned for my next post featuring Pad Thai at Fid!


Food Cruiser said...

Hi. I stumbled onto your blog looking for Halifax foods and restaurants. Very nice blog and writing style!

Is there one food or restaurant that is unique or represents Halifax and is a must try? Thanks

With Bite said...

Hey there! Thanks for reading!

In terms of a restaurant that represents Halifax, I would try Chives or Fid. These are two restaurants that do great things with local ingredients. The Five Fishermen Grill also does great seafood.

I hope this helps! :) said...

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