Fred's Not Here for Summerlicious lunch 2012! The environment of the restaurant was so-so.. but the food was good - Huge portions..!
FRED'S NOT HERE
Where: 321 King Street West
Price: $20 for Summerlicious Lunch Menu
For the full Fred's Not Here Summerlicious menu - click HERE
|Evidently not too much of a upscale restaurant|
Fred's Not Here is actually connected with its sister-restaurant, Red Tomato
|The building houses two restaurants (under the same owner)|
|Ended up taking the patio seats. Very simple patio..|
|Our table setting|
Judging from the way their patio is set up, you can see it is not too upscale at all. It's weird to think that Pangaea and Fred's Not Here are on the same price level for Summerlicious, when Pangaea is so much more upscale!
|Baked Lobster and Crab Soup|
My brother and I both ordered this and it was actually a spicy lobster soup with more of a bisque-like texture. FNH is famous for their lobster soup and they lived up to my expectations. The puff pastry on top was light and fluffy and when paired with the soup, tasted heavenly. Only issue with this dish was that I could not taste as much lobster or crab as I would have liked :(
Don't get me wrong - I love my spicy food but I was surprised by the amount of spice in this since I was not expecting it. Definitely something they should mention on their menu..
|Smoked Tomato Soup|
|Wood Grilled NY Sirloin Steak|
Duck fat frites & vegetables
|Brother asked for it to be cooked medium - Good job, Fred!|
|Wood Grilled Salmon and Tiger Shrimp with Linguine|
Signature Jalapeno Sauce
As for my sister, she ordered the linguine which came in a jalapeno sauce. It sounds really spicy, but the heat of the jalapeno peppers was not actually that strong ! Enough for you to know that you were eating a jalapeno-based sauce but not hot enough that it overwhelmed anything else. From what I'm told, the shrimp was cooked very well and from what I tried of her salmon, it was ridiculously fresh. You could smell it (and not in a bad way!) before you even tasted it!
|3 Way Pork|
Roasted Pork belly, garlic sausage and ribs
Sweet corn + Black Bean Salsa
Duck Fat Frites
|Came right off the bone!|
How to spot good ribs? The meat just peels off the bone. I literally just cut into mine and the meat fell right off the bone. Mmmm!
|Creme Brulee Cheesecake|
Like the appetizers, my brother and I got the same dessert too - creme brulee cheesecake! There was a very subtle hint of creme brulee but it was mostly very cheesy. The crust was also soaked in the strawberry juice so it wasn't a hard crust. The entire cake was really smooth albeit a bit heavy for an ending dish.
|Double Chocolate Brownie|
Coffee Ice Cream
My sister, on the other hand, got the double chocolate brownie which was extremely rich with chocolate. The coffee ice cream on top was really refreshing and acted as a slight counter to the decadent chocolate
Overall, in terms of quantity it was worth it for Summerlicious however the quality was not as great. The service was decent at most, but I felt like our server could have been more attentive to our table. One thing that I take for granted at most restaurants is having my water glass constantly filled. We had to ask several waiters before we could get our water filled again. The decor was also a little underwhelming but nothing too dingy or fancy.