Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Greatness at the Gahan House
1869 Upper Water St, Halifax

902 444 3060
Wing Night: n/a
Regular Price: $10.99
Review Date: October 25th, 2014
Rating: 4/5

It didn’t take too long for the void to be filled where the Hart and Thistle was formerly located.  A buddy of mine told me about the Gahan House shortly after it opened so of course I had to check it out for myself.

The Gahan House originates in PEI so it was nice to see them expand to Halifax, especially to this location since they also brew their own beer.  They offer a diverse menu that focuses a bit on the seafood side (also tried the fish and chips during my visit and they were pretty good). 

We ended up there on a Saturday afternoon and the place was quite busy.  We were greeted at the door and it only took a few minutes to get a table, you could tell right away they are very customer focused – during the short time the hostess went to find a table someone else stopped by and asked if someone was helping us yet.  I was looking forward to trying these wings and washing them down with a pint of something they make.
An excellent beverage to kill time waiting for wings
A pound of wings is $10.99 and there is no wing night.

Breading: 5/5 – The wings looked delicious right from the get go, an appealing golden breading covered the wings, not too crispy and not greasy, off to a great start.
Beautiful breading 
Overall quality: 5/5 – Fresh, juicy and all white meat – this is what wing dreams are made of. 

Sauce selection: 2/5 – A fairly standard sauce selection that includes Honey Garlic, First, Second, Third Degree and Sweet Chili plus a unique sauce offering - the 1772 IPA BBQ Sauce, I love seeing a house made type sauce (not sure if this is an option at other establishments but it’s the first time I’ve seen it).  Of course I went with the 1772 and it was one of the best wing sauces I’ve ever had, the only complaint is it seemed to run out too quick. 

Service: 5/5 – As mentioned earlier the suburb service started from the moment we walked through the door.  A few moments after we were seated our server stopped by, passed out the menus and took drink orders, she was polite and informative.  The food didn’t take too long to arrive and drink refills were offered which was good because the Honey Wheat Ale was going down really well.

Something unexpected happened at the end of the meal while we were waiting for the bill and the way this was handled could have made or broke the service experience altogether. 

As I was finishing up my second beer and waiting for the bill I started looking at the almost empty vinegar bottle for some reason and couldn’t help but notice a few black specs floating around.  I’m not an expert on vinegars and this was a dark (malt?) vinegar so maybe it was peppercorns or something, but after a closer inspection it was clear that numerous fruit flies met their ultimate fate in this very bottle.  I’m not even that big of a vinegar fan however if it’s available at the same time fish and chips are around I’m bound to splash some on.  Kind of gross but I’m sure a few dead fruit flies won’t kill me. 

When the server came over with the bill I thought it may be nice to mention our findings just to save the next person from making this same discovery.  I expected an ‘ok, sorry about that’ type of response while the vinegar was being whisked away however she was genuinely upset and very concerned, she ended up taking the fish and chips off the bill, I didn’t expect that at all but just goes to show she wanted to do something to apologize.

This was obviously something out of their control, but if you get an order of fish and chips you may want to do a quick peppercorn/fruit fly inspection before splashing on the vinegar. 
Death trap
Size: 3/5 – The wings weren’t overly large by any means.  The thing that surprised me was there were only seven wings that arrived, based on a full pound I thought there would be at least four or five more, maybe the scale was off by a bit but I would expect a bit of a bigger portion for a full pound (or maybe the breading was thicker than I thought).
Not the largest wings, but meaty for their size
Overall Rating: 4/5

A couple of other thoughts on this one – additional napkins (only one was provided and I can manage to make an ok sized mess eating wings) a wet nap and something to throw the wing remnants in would be an ok addition to the overall wing experience.

I am looking very forward to returning to the Gahan House in the near future, my wing and sauce order will remain the same but I have a feeling I will be trying a lot more of the other beer they make.  Have you had a chance to visit this place yet?  If so, what have you tried?  If not, I’d highly recommend taking a stop in to try some of these wings, you won’t be disappointed.

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