Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nailed It at Niche


www.nichelounge.com
@Niche_Lounge
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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.