In my last post I talked about how I’ve been eating out a lot lately… and it continues this week! I had plans to meet up with Sam for lunch on Sunday since she was coming down to visit.
You know how I take forever researching restaurant choices and deciding on one? Well I solved that problem on Sunday by just making a list of local restaurants for Sam and making her choose! I hope she didn’t mind. She decided on O’Finn’s Irish Temper (website) in Oakville, which I was really happy with because it was recommended to me by a few cooks I know. I’m usually not much of a pub fan, but this one seemed different. I could tell from the menu that they use quality ingredients and make everything in-house, which impressed me.
The inside of O’Finn’s Irish Temper was your typical Irish pub with a dark interior, wooden decor, and even a fireplace. It was cozy!
Unlike a normal pub where I usually just beeline to the sandwich section of the menu, there were so many things on O’Finn’s Irish Temper’s menu that appealed to me and I had the hardest time choosing – just ask Sam! What I really wanted was the Shepherd’s Pie made with lamb and topped with a squash and potato topping. But it was 25 degrees and humid out – not exactly comfort food weather. So instead I got the California Club with garlic brined chicken breast, romaine, avocado, tomatoes, and blue cheese mayo on a multigrain wrap.
It was good (how can bacon, blue cheese, and avocado not be good, right?), but it didn’t blow me away. It tasted just like a wrap I could have ordered at your average pub, or even something I could have made at home. But based on what I’ve heard about O’Finn’s Irish Temper, I know I would have been more impressed with one of their specialty entrees. Next time I’m definitely getting that Shepherd’s Pie!
Have you ever felt like you ordered the wrong dish at a good restaurant?
What’s your favourite kind of dish to order at pubs?
Note: I eventually went back to O’Finn’s Irish Temper to try the shepherd’s pie – you can read about it in this post.