Review: Farrow Sandwiches

Farrow Sandwiches at 8422 109 Street - in the same building as Three Boars Eatery.

Farrow Sandwiches at 8422 109 Street – in the same building as Three Boars Eatery.

A couple of weeks ago I went for lunch with my coworker/friend Marta to try ultra hip sandwich spot Farrow Sandwiches (8422 109 Street) for the first time! Marta wanted to write about Farrow for the Edmonton Journal’s Dining Out restaurant review section (see her review here!) and I’m just always up for checking out new food spots I’ve never been before.

Order up! Menu changes every few days. Staff are very hip.

Order up! Menu changes every few days. Staff are very hip.

To sum up the experience in a few words: Farrow puts out some really damn good sandwiches, and is also a hipster hot spot. The clientèle when we were there over the lunch hour was very much beards, floppy hats, tattoos, ironic T-shirts and oversized sweaters. The friendly guys taking our order and putting together the sandwiches fit this description to a T. Nothing against hipsters of course, but I definitely felt very uncool in this setting. Lol.

Farrow is tiny.

Farrow is tiny.

Farrow is a tiny (cozy, intimate) shop located just south of the High Level Bridge, attached to the Three Boars Eatery. They’re also connected by more than just the wall. Farrow is the offshoot of Three Boars – with the clever name of Farrow meaning a litter of pigs (or Three Boars’ baby boars! Super cute). They use Three Boars’ kitchen during the daytime (7 a.m. to 2 p.m) and then close up before their Three Boars opens for the evening crowd. It’s a pretty nice partnership. Most of the customers don’t stick around and eat (there’s only three stools) but Farrow also has a nice patio/outdoor seating area out front as well (though probably not well utilized during our colder months).

Orders slide to the kitchen on a clothes pin/line.

Orders slide to the kitchen on a clothes pin/line.

There’s fun (hip lol) music that plays loudly in the sandwich shop (a bit loud for me, but it works for the atmosphere they’re going for). I actually thought one of the songs that came up seemed out of place when it first came on (R Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet) but it ended up being a parody version of Weird Al’s Trapped in the Drive-Thru. The music is actually made even better by the fact that the four guys behind the counter are singing along throughout most of the lunch service!

The Grick Middle - bacon, fried egg, greens, rosemary aioli, tomato jam and smoked cheddah ($7.75) from Farrow Sandwiches.

The Grick Middle – bacon, fried egg, greens, rosemary aioli, tomato jam and smoked cheddah ($7.75) from Farrow Sandwiches.

Marta and I ordered two sandwiches – I had their Grick Middle – bacon, fried egg, greens, rosemary aioli, tomato jam and smoked cheddah (spelt with an ‘h’) – $7.75. They said their sandwich menu changes every couple of days except for this Grick Middle – and you can see (or taste) why immediately. All of these ingredients combine together wonderfully, with a perfect runny egg and crunchy bites of bacon. At the price, it’s a super affordable, delicious and filling sandwich.

The Welcome Back Ricotta - herb tofu ricotta, pickled fennel, roasted red pepper, tomato, arugula, and balsamic oil ($7.50) at Farrow Sandwiches.

The Welcome Back Ricotta – herb tofu ricotta, pickled fennel, roasted red pepper, tomato, arugula, and balsamic oil ($7.50) at Farrow Sandwiches.

Marta got their Welcome Back Ricotta – with homemade herb tofu “ricotta,” pickled fennel, roasted red pepper, tomato, arugula and balsamic oil ($7.50). Marta thought this was a flavourful, fresh and healthy Vegetarian/Vegan option. I had a bite and thought the ricotta was quite good – though I’m not a fan of balsamic.

Slowly-brewed coffee!

Slowly-brewed coffee!

Along with their artisan sandwiches, Farrow also sets itself apart with its slow-brewed coffee. I don’t drink coffee but even I was curious with their coffee-making set-up. They use a goose-necked kettle and coffee drips into a mason jar before it gets to you. Very cool (hip). They also sell these goose-necked kettles too, if you’re interested in being hip at home.

Farrow sells T-shirts too.

Farrow sells T-shirts too.

They have Bloom cookies for sale as well, and on their chalkboard menu, “kettle chips” which I got really excited about because I love chips, but my excitement dropped significantly when I saw they were just kettle chips in a bag. My only disappointment from the whole lunch – I would think unique, delicious sandwich makers would also offer home-made chips too.

Overall, I loved my experience at Farrow! If I was in the area more, I’d be there all the time for breakfast or lunch. It’s definitely worth stopping by on a weekend if you’re not often in the area. The sandwiches come out quick and are delicious. Their other creations (as seen on their Facebook Page) sound amazing – but I’m glad they keep at least one sandwich the same – and I’m glad it was the very good Grick Middle which I can attest for.

At between $7-$8 a sandwich, you can’t really go wrong! As Marta put it in her review, the “oft-maligned sandwich has been reclaimed by food lovers!” and I agree.

So have you been to Farrow? What did you think?

Linda


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Review: Sushi Sugoi Edmonton

Sushi Sugoi at 2874 Calgary Trail.

Sushi Sugoi at 2874 Calgary Trail.

I’m always looking for a good sushi spot in Edmonton. By now I’ve pretty much got my favourites: Kenko Japanese and Japonais Bistro for overall excellence (food quality, variety, and atmosphere), Mikado for cheap and delicious lunch bentos, then other ones that are pretty good – Kobe Bistro, Yuzen, etc. I know there’s countless more I haven’t tried yet but I’m getting there!

Last week I finally got around to trying Sushi Sugoi Edmonton in the south side (2874 Calgary Trail).

Sushi Sugoi had been on my list of Japanese places to try for almost a year now. My former co-worker Fiona had tried it and recommended it to me but I always end up going back to my old favourites that it took me the year to finally get to Sushi Sugoi, fittingly, with Fiona!

Inside Sushi Sugoi

Inside Sushi Sugoi

Sushi Sugoi is located in what used to be an Outback Steakhouse. I mention that because the building is huge! It’s a bigger space than most Japanese restaurants, with an entire side of the building I think primarily unused except for private functions. At least that’s what Fiona speculates, she and her hubby have been to Sushi Sugoi many times over the past year and have never seen the one side of the restaurant space used.

It’s a very clean, polished, modern looking restaurant. They have an Urban Cultivator used to grow their own micro greens. (NAIT has one too! As do a few other restaurants in Edmonton).

Sushi Sugoi uses an Urban Cultivator to grow its own fresh, organic microgreens!

Sushi Sugoi uses an Urban Cultivator to grow its own fresh, organic microgreens!

Sushi Sugoi has a bunch of dishes unique to them, which I like, but also lots of what you’d expect to find at Japanese restaurants. Fiona and I decided to share a couple of dishes, but I ended up ordering some additional items for myself. Fiona has celiac disease and can only eat gluten-free food, so I was impressed with how accommodating Sushi Sugoi was with that. They have gluten-free soya sauce, and are able to confidently say which of their dishes are or aren’t gluten-free – and they’re also able to adapt and make certain dishes gluten-free by request.

This is what we ordered:

Beef Tataki with ponzu sauce - $10

Beef Tataki with ponzu sauce – $10

The beef tataki ($10) was good but the cuts were a bit thicker than I prefer. Kenko still reigns supreme as best tasting and best portion size for your dollar when it comes to beef tataki.

Spicy Tuna Cocktail Salad (with avocado and mango) - $9

Spicy Tuna Cocktail Salad (with avocado and mango) – $9

The Spicy Tuna Cocktail Salad ($9) wasn’t anything to rave about. It just wasn’t very flavourful.

Miso Pork Belly (Apple, miso braised pork belly with grilled asparagus and pineapple sauce) - $10

Miso Pork Belly (Apple, miso braised pork belly with grilled asparagus and pineapple sauce) – $10

I wasn’t overly impressed with the miso pork belly ($10 – it wasn’t tender enough for me) though the combo of pickled apple, asparagus and Urban Cultivator-grown microgreens was nice.

Crazy Roll (deep fried, spicy tuna, cucumber roll breaded with panko, tonkatsu sauce, hot sauce and mango sauce, with dried fish flakes) - $14

Crazy Roll (deep fried, spicy tuna, cucumber roll breaded with panko, tonkatsu sauce, hot sauce and mango sauce, with dried fish flakes) – $14

While the rolls weren’t my favourite ever, I thought they were all good with the exception of the Crazy Rolls ($14). I don’t think the sauces worked together at all, and I really don’t like dried fish flakes. Had I known that was going to be on them (menu didn’t say) I probably wouldn’t have ordered it!

The Hardcore Rolls (spicy tuna, spicy seaoned salmon, cucumber, tobiko, Thai chili, hot sauce and shichimi, with soy bean wrappers) - $16

The Hardcore Rolls (spicy tuna, spicy seasoned salmon, cucumber, tobiko, Thai chili, hot sauce and shichimi, with soy bean wrappers) – $16

I loved the heat in the Hardcore Rolls ($16) and the refreshing, light taste of the Fiji Island Rolls ($15). I also think it’s interesting Sushi Sugoi uses coloured soy wrappers for some of their rolls. My first experience seeing that in a Japanese restaurant! I also ordered the Golden Dragon Rolls (seasoned salmon, asparagus, green onion, red pepper, masago, special spicy sauce) – $14 – to take home for Mike, and thought those were pretty good.

The Fiji Island Rolls (salmon, tuna, pineapple, orange, avocado, vegetable salsa, citrus sauce, soy bean wrapper) - $15

The Fiji Island Rolls (salmon, tuna, pineapple, orange, avocado, vegetable salsa, citrus sauce, soy bean wrapper) – $15

I think Sushi Sugoi has a great selection of food – both your typical items you’d want to find at a Japanese restaurant, as well as a few specialty items unique to them (I think that’s always a plus when restaurants have items unique to them!)

The presentation for all the dishes was also great. A feast for the eyes!

We didn’t order dessert which after the fact I regretted for the sake of this review (but I was pretty stuffed lol).

Overall, Sushi Sugoi shoots up to my list of pretty good Japanese restaurants in Edmonton but it doesn’t take the top spots. The food is good, but not incredible – the service was good and the place has a nice atmosphere – plus I think it’s great they are so accommodating for dietary restrictions – but it’s not my absolute favourite spot. Price points are on par with your typical Japanese spot. Lots of dishes to choose from but there’s also lots of Japanese restaurants with similar dishes to choose from in Edmonton.

They do all you can eat brunch on Sundays which I would be curious to try! Sumo Sumo in Sherwood Park also does Sunday brunch but Sushi Sugoi would be a lot closer. Sushi Sugoi also has cheap ($1.25/ea) oysters on Tuesday nights (similar to Japonais Bistro) which would be worth trying too. I’m also told the Ocean Platter is a must-try.

So I do foresee a second trip in my future!

Have you been to Sushi Sugoi? What did you think??

Linda


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Review: Dog Birthday Party at the Doggy Style Deli

The Doggy Style Deli at 15131 Stony Plain Road

The Doggy Style Deli at 15131 Stony Plain Road

For months now, I’ve been wanting to take our beagle Olive to the Doggy Style Deli – a dog restaurant/grooming/store in west Edmonton (15131 Stony Plain Road).

I’ve been driving by the place for years and remember it had been a part of Dragon’s Den and the unfortunate victim to a fire. Despite the fire, and what seems like constant construction on Stony Plain Road, the Doggy Style Deli seemed to persevere.

Inside the Doggy Style Deli!

Inside the Doggy Style Deli!

Thank goodness for that! I think the Doggy Style Deli is an absolute gem for dog owners in Edmonton. When I started telling people we were planning on throwing a birthday party for Olive at a dog restaurant, everyone was so surprised that there was even such a thing here.

Doggy Style Deli also acts as a dog store and dog grooming service.

Doggy Style Deli also acts as a dog store and dog grooming service.

Along with the ‘eat-in’ dog restaurant idea (that includes hosting dog birthday parties!), the Doggy Style Deli sells their own raw dog food and acts as a dog store and dog grooming service.

We had Olive’s birthday party at the Doggy Style Deli and I would recommend it to all dog owners! For $20 per dog, you get:

  • A dog meal (small size) for each dog
  • A dog party favour for each dog
  • A dog birthday place setting
  • Table decorated with birthday banners and balloons
  • A trivia game for dog owners (includes treats for dogs)
  • Birthday cake for each dog
  • A present for the birthday dog
Olive and friends being classy diners at the table.

Olive and friends being classy diners at the table.

We invited Olive’s friends Flynn, Milo, Fang, and Bowie. None of us knew what to expect and I think we were all pleasantly surprised. Before the food came out, the dogs just ran around sniffing each other, wagging their tails and playing.

The delicious menu at Doggy Style Deli!

The delicious menu at Doggy Style Deli!

The food options for the dogs are presented so adorably. Each dish name is a dog pun. We ordered the Pug Fried Rice for Olive and some of other dogs got Shih Tzu Stews and the Turkey Duck Lasagnage (off menu). Some other fun dishes included Maltese Meatloaf and Bulldog Spaghetti. Everything is made in-house.

Olive eats her 'hot dog wiener candle' from the birthday cake!

Olive eats her ‘hot dog wiener candle’ from the birthday cake!

The small (Yorkie Size) was enough for Olive. Normally it’s priced at $4. With the birthday package it is included for the dog meals. You can get a Mastiff Size (large) for $7 or additional dollars to upgrade within the birthday package meal.

Fantastic dog cake made out of liver, mashed potatoes and cream cheese.

Fantastic dog cake made out of liver, mashed potatoes and cream cheese.

The owners are very friendly. The space is very clean and nice. There was some loud barking and growling from some of our bigger dog guests (Bowie and Fang lol) but I imagine that’s what would be normal happenings at a doggy daycare. Overall everyone got along quite well and Olive was very social, visiting with all of her friends!

Great turnout + time for Olive's birthday!

Great turnout + time for Olive’s birthday!

In total, the birthday party for 5 dogs (with some meals upgraded to large) was $113. I think this is totally reasonable, lol. But I’m also a crazy pet parent. :) But even just the normal price for dropping in with your dog though I think is totally reasonable and plan to do it with Olive way more now that we’ve tried the Doggy Style Deli for the first time!

Happy birthday Olive!

Happy birthday Olive!

I think this is such a neat, novel thing to do for your dog in Edmonton. A couple weeks ago I googled “dog-friendly stores in Edmonton” and got things like “Rona, PetSmart, The Movie Studio” and that was almost it. If you’re looking for somewhere to take your dog beyond the dog parks and outdoor markets (which there won’t really be much of now that we’re going into the winter season), then the Doggy Style Deli is a great destination!

It’s totally cute, and honestly, the pet industry is huge right now and pet owners are looking for fun things to do and buy for their animals, this is perfect for that.

Check out the Doggy Style Deli pitch on Dragon’s Den below:

I hope this place sticks around forever! They’ve already endured quite a bit, and have come out strong so I hope that continues. It’s also a great spot for the area. Stony Plain Road is trying to revitalize (all of the construction will help with that too so we just need to be patient lol). Something a lot of people might not be aware of as well is the dog-loving family who owns Doggy Style Deli also experience a lot of dogs being abandoned at their shop. They lovingly take the dogs in, keep them for a couple of weeks to figure out their personalities, and then try to find foster homes for the animals. On the day we were there, there were two chihuahuas and a couple of German Shepherds in need of homes too. So sad! But so great that the family cares for the animals and try to find them homes. Huge hearts here!

So have you been to the Doggy Style Deli?! What did you think?

Linda