Monday, May 25, 2015

On Point at The Old Triangle

902 492 4900
Wing Night: n/a
Regular Price: $14/pound
Review Date: May 25th, 2015
Rating: 3.6/5

Relaxing on a patio enjoying some food and beverages on a warm sunny day is such a great thing, and here in Halifax that window of opportunity doesn’t stay open long enough, so today’s lunch adventure took us to The Old Triangle to take advantage of just that.

The Old Triangle is an Irish pub situated in a nice location downtown and if anyone may recall, my favorite wings once found their way out of a kitchen in an old Irish pub that is no longer with us, so my wing anticipation was high.   

I’ve been here a few times over the years, but never during the lunch hour.  Their menu selection is great and it was nice to see ‘Aer Wingus’ as an option, needless to say that is what I ordered. 

The wings are $14/pound which is a mid-range price these days and there is no wing night, that's a shame because these wings were delicious.

Breading: 5/5 – Nicely coated and crisp with a nice crunch that seemed a bit different than your typical breaded wing.  I’m not sure exactly what their secret is but they sure did a great job (Panko like perhaps?).
Beautiful looking plate of wings with no shortage of sauce
Overall Quality: 4/5 – The juicy meat had a nice fresh taste to it and didn’t have any of those dark patches that I dislike however I did find the wings contained a fair bit of fatty pieces for their size.

Sauce Selection: 1/5 – The wings are served with homemade Jack Daniel's sauce and that’s the only option.  The sauce had a great flavor however it would be nice to see some other options with a bit more heat to them as this would be a nice compliment to the wings.  I ordered the sauce on the side and there was certainly no shortage.

Service: 5/5 – We were seated quickly and our drink orders were taken however after a short wait we were notified that our draught would not be arriving due to some updates they have been working on all night, that was a legitimate answer as we could see the service truck parked on the street beside us.  No fear though, bottled beverages were still an option.

The food took about 20 minutes to arrive which wasn’t too bad considering there were six of us.  Our server was awesome, very personable and took a few visits to offer refills and see how we were enjoying our lunch.  The service experience couldn’t have been any better.

Size: 3/5 – Both the flatties and drumsticks were a fairly standard size, not too big and not too small.
Not too big, not too small
 Overall Rating: 3.6/5

This is one of these times I don’t feel the rating scale justifies the wings, the reason the score is lower than is should appear is due to the one sauce selection option. 

Once the 100th review is complete (this makes the 93rd if my calculations are correct) I think it may be time to revamp the rating scale.  I’m thinking of keeping the same categories but putting more weight to certain ones.  I’m not the best person when it comes to math so I may need to consult a mathematician in the near future to see how I could make this happen.

The Old Triangle is a great spot whether you’re looking for a bite to eat during lunch or heading for a night out.  I will be back in the very near future for more wings and to do my part ensuring the work on the taps was well worth the downtime.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nailed It at Niche
902 423 6632
1505 Barrington St, Halifax
Wing Night: n/a
Regular Price: $10.95/pound
Review Date: March 8th, 2015
Rating: 4/5 

After receiving a recommendation to try the wings at Niche Lounge I decided to check them out on a Tuesday after work, and I didn’t leave disappointed. 

Niche is an awesome spot at the bottom of the Maritime Centre with an excellent atmosphere and a great patio, warm weather can’t come soon enough to take advantage of that.

The menu described the wings as “fresh buttermilk wings, hand breaded”, which only increased my anticipation to try them. 

Niche prices their wings at $10.95/pound There aren't any wing specials on offer, however they do have select half price appetizers from 4:00 – 6:30 PM daily (wings not included).

Breading: 5/5 – The coating isn’t thick, however that’s not the goal here.  The wings are hand breaded and they do a great job - flavorful and light with a perfect crisp to it, just the way they intended. 

Nice presentation

I inquired about what the breading consists of and I was told “flour, Cajun spice and a dash of love”.  These are essentials to any breading.

Overall Quality: 5/5 – I was genuinely impressed with the overall quality and flavor of the wings, fresh and not greasy. 

I later learned they are brined for a few hours beforehand, brining is a magical step to include when preparing wings, it always brings the flavor and juiciness out.

Sauce Selection: 2/5 – Fairly standard sauce options with Mild, Hot, Sweet Chili or Barbecue.  Based on the quality of the wings I think a couple of unique sauces would be really nice to see here. 

Service: 5/5 – We took a seat at the bar, menus were handed down and drink orders were taken.  The three orders of wings came out in less than ten minutes (very impressive, almost too quick).  Our server was attentive, never ignored us and drink refills were offered and happily accepted.

Size: 3/5 – A standard sized wing which goes back to my theory that bigger wings are generally a bit lower in the overall quality section.  These wings weren’t massive but the quality was huge. 

Bigger in quality than size

Overall Rating: 4/5

I was very impressed with the wings at Niche and they have one of the best happy hours around – an 18 oz. draught is only $3.25 after 4:00 PM every day.  I have a feeling I will be back for many wings and beverages on the patio in the very near future, if the weather ever decides to co-operate.