It was early afternoon as we made our way northwest. Lunch was skipped, naturally, due to the deadline that lay before me; instead, an Egg McMuffin, Iced Coffee, and Nature Valley Bar summed up the components of my mid-day meal.
The menu was scanned briefly, and items of interest were narrowed down accordingly. Primarily Italian with a few options for pub grub (this term never fails to bring a grin to my face), we settled two dishes: one carby and the other protein-heavy. As Bruschetta seemed to be a prominent side on quite a number of assortments, I suggested adding the nine-dollar appetizer to start. This was later revealed a very poor decision on my part.
All factors taken into consideration, one could easily deem the quintet a despicable selection that could be recreated in one's home at a dollar or less apiece.
At first glance, the pasta dish had satisfied the visual appeal factor: resting comfortably at the mound of thin noodles was a single stick of cheesy garlic bread, then mussels all around. Far from fishy, they had been cooked just until tender; they were a bit shrunken though. Satisfying morsels of shrimp, crab, and other styles of unidentifiable fish pieces were dispersed throughout, but, alas, the highlight was unmistakably the stellar garlic bread. A sharp contrast to the runny, lacklustre "cream" sauce that the rest of the plate bathed within, the oblong object prompted wide-eyed amazement upon first bite. Adequate seasoning, a golden toasted underside, and an unbelievably plush interior contributed the best (soft) rendition of garlic bread I've ever tasted. (Note: Papa Giuseppe's and Spaghetei fall under the "crispy" class.)
The sauce, on the other hand, bore an identical flavour profile to the Seafood Linguine, though contained within a slightly thicker consistency. It did not come with a side salad either, an off-putting absence of leafy greens.
There was the option of adding black pepper and Parmesan shavings to either dish. I took advantage of this to heighten the overall creaminess of the Chicken.
Eventually, desires were successfully suppressed desires after a few gulps of warm water. We requested the bill, with the thought of applying our 10% off promo slipping our minds entirely.
Service was great, extremely friendly and meticulous enough to verify information with other staff when clarification on specific menu items was requested.