My best St. John’s restaurants’ list for 2018 contains the restaurants that have been my go-to’s for the year — the ones I crave regularly and go back to over and over again. Some can be found on best lists and some really should be.
Tag: St. John’s Restaurants
When I first heard about Fort Amherst Pub moving to Churchill Square after several disastrous (and wet) openings in downtown St. John’s, I was pretty jazzed. The shopping square is a short walk from my house and I’ve always loved town square feeling of this veritable strip mall, but recently it’s become a little dire. With the departure of Dominion grocery store and iconic Papa’s Pier 17, the shopping destination in Central St. John’s became a little less central — I’m happy to see new life breathed in.
Then I read a local newspaper review of the restaurant. I’ve enjoyed reading many reviews and written countless myself, but I’ve have read few with such an air of disinclination. As a food writer, I think reviews are a way to tell a story about the people of a restaurant, to introduce readers to a new establishment or simply to present an unbiased view of what’s on the menu. It is not a way to kick a guy when he’s down. Because of this particularly negative review, I had to go check out the food at Fort Amherst Pub. It just couldn’t be that bad. Continue reading Lunch at Fort Amherst Pub | St. John’s
In my lifetime, the dull grey cinderblock building on the corner of Water and Becks Cove has been home to a bank and two restaurants sequestered to the dim ‘vaultish’ basement. Now, the Jeremys of Raymond’s have reestablished this downtown cornerstone with a modern yet verdant …
The second last night of Christmas vacation the girls and I headed for Chelsea’s farewell meal. We are grownups now. Babies and houses and jobs have spread us across the world —the five of us don’t spend much time together, a couple days a year at most—but …
My sister Maggie and I recently had a lovely lunch where I ate some of the best falafel I have ever had.
Mohamed Ali Middle Eastern Cuisine is located in downtown St. John’s on Duckworth Street and this place competes with any falafel I ate in Istanbul.
After hearing rave reviews from Maggie, and having myself experienced the deliciousness of owner Ali Al Haijaa while he was cooking out of The Sprout kitchen in the wee hours of the morning as a late-night pop-up, I was excited to try out the food at the new digs.
The bright sunlit room is simply decorated with walls covered in bright turquoise paint and paintings by Middle Eastern artists that you can purchase. We were the only people there at 11:30, but by noon, the place was buzzing.
We ordered, sat down, and waited for the tastiness to arrive.
To start, we shared the falafel.
This is up there with the best falafel I have ever had; perfectly crispy on the outside, soft and moist on the inside, and don’t even get me started on the hummus, sweet merciful!
Maggie went with the Chicken Shawarma for the main event.
Filled with shaved chicken (for those few who aren’t familiar with shawarma, it’s meat, of various types – chicken, beef, or lamb- that is fire roasted on a vertical spit simmering in it’s own delicious fatty juices until the meat is shaved off and served to salivating people), the warm homemade pita was stuffed with lettuce, tomato, pickled red turnip, and topped with tahini sauce. We also piled on the side of hummus we ordered.
I went with the Beef Shawarma option, even though I had been eyeing the Kofta Kebab Sandwich because it’s a personal favourite, but alas, it was sold out.
The pickled red turnip is what really makes the flavour pop, and with the crunch of the cucumber, the tender beef, and the oh so delicious tahini and hummus, I wasn’t too sad about missing out on the kofta.
And it cost $6.
While we were eating, I couldn’t help but overhear a few girls asking for ketchup for their shawarma. Word to the wise: please do not do this. You will ruin it. Slap on more tzatziki, hummus, or tahini, but try and avoid our friendly neighbourhood condiment shall we?
The lunch menu is well priced, with apps/sides ranging from $2 to $9 and the mains (mostly sandwiches) going for around $6.50. The dinner menu looks equally appealing with items such as Tobouli Salad, Shish Tawouk, and the Mixed Grill which consists of a plethora of meats like kofte and BBQ beef skewers.
The best part about this place? It’s open until 4am on Friday and Saturday nights; say goodbye to that crappy slice of za, and say hello to Mohamed Ali.
I can’t lie, when I was home last summer and saw the sign for a yet to open restaurant that read Tavola: Post-Modern Mediterranean Dining, I couldn’t help but sigh. What the hell is post-modern Mediterranean food? As a history graduate, I am familiar with the term …