Wednesday, October 03, 2007 

Food Friday #20: Pano's

I've never been to a Greek restaurant before, so I have no idea what to expect, and so I decided to order one of the house specials. I had Red Snapper with Sweet Potatoes. It came with greek salad (their house dressing is yummy! Balsamic Vinegar + lots of herbs) and baked sweet potatoes. The red snapper was exceptionally fresh and the pumpkin butter sauce on it was very appetizing, though I couldn't tell that pumpkin was used.

Kenny had the Beef Souvlaki Dinner (Pita + Beef skewer + Greek salad topped with lots of feta cheese + mashed potatoes). I would recommend this dish to those who love their greens, and at the same time, want some meat.

Kevin's Sea Scallop Linguine Pasta was the star of the night. The Linguine was not too creamy, not too sweet, everything was perfect. However, I found the scallop rather disappointing. If you ate it with your eyes closed, you probably wouldn't know it's scallop at all!

I'm craving for more!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007 

Food Friday #19: Pizza Plant

By Kenny:

This week's Food Friday takes to this pizzeria-cum-bar called the Pizza Plant. The first thing that strikes you about the place is the strong smell of cheese and freshly baked pizzas and when you enter the place, you are immediately amazed the quirky yet somehow apt decor.

However, we are not here to examine decor, we are here for pizzas! So how are they?

Before I tell you about their pizzas, I'll start off first with the appetizers we ordered, baked chicken, which is somewhat similar to Buffalo Wings. It is very saucy, so you should take care when eating them, and very sweet. It is also extremely tender and overall a very good way to start your meal at the Pizza Plant.

The pizzas arrived shortly after the baked chicken and we ordered the classic Hawaiian and an all meat pizza called Animal House 5. The Hawaiian is not unlike the Hawaiians found in other pizzerias but it has a unique twist - the cheese, which Kevin describes as being milky. Animal House 5 on the hand was pure unadulterated meatiness. It has large chunks of meatballs and ham and what not and if you are meat-lover like I am, you've got to do yourself a favor and try it!

That's all for this time, stay tuned for next week's Food Friday!

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Saturday, September 01, 2007 

Food Friday #18: Uno Chicago Grill

Uno Chicago Grill has this deep-dish pizza, where the height of each ingredient-loaded slice is estimated to be at least 1-inch. Being a pizza fan, I had to try it. Before that, we had calamari as an appetizer. They were mixed with bits of hot peppers and tomatoes which balance out the greasiness since it is a deep fried dish. Otherwise, nothing much about the dish.

For pizza, we had Numero Uno since it has almost everything in it- Sausage, pepperoni, onions, red and green peppers, mushrooms, chunky tomato sauce, mozzarella and grated Romano. The unique part about deep-dish pizza lies in its flaky crust, but I was more interested in the pizza pan. There is a grille to level up the pizza so that oil can drip and we can enjoy it with less calories! Back to the pizza, which I think is great value for money. It serves 2-3 (asian appetite) at the cost of USD18++. I'll definitely be back for more.

It's Food Friday again and this time, we decided to visit a pizzeria called Uno's Chicago Grill which is only minutes away from our place. The reason we chose Uno is because of the special pizza they serve.

Uno serves this very special pizza called the deep-dish pizza, which is a thicker variation of traditional pizzas. This deep-dish pizza has a very flaky crust which reminds me of Delifrance pastries. We decided to have Uno's flagship pizza, the Numero Uno, and it was topped with so much ingredients that I can't remember what was on it. The pizza was fantastic and as my girlfriend has pointed out, very good value for money considering it's only USD 20 and it feeds three quite comfortably.

Uno's is a place no pizza lover should miss.

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Sunday, August 26, 2007 

Food Friday #17: Chester's New Orleans Bar (Revisted)

When it comes to eating out, I personally prefer to order meat as a main course because I can hardly make decent meat dishes. So at Chester’s, I had to have the Chicken Marsala, with Coleslaw and Seafood Jambalaya (2 sides of my choice). Surprisingly, the side dish, Seafood Jambalaya surpasses the main dish - Chicken Marsala. The thick piece of chicken breast meat tasted really bland if I don’t slap on the mushroom gravy. I guess the chicken was boiled then pan-fried, with little marinating done to it. On the other hand, Seafood Jambalaya, a spicy rice dish was flavorful. Every grain of rice was filled with spice and sweetness. Every bite caused a mild explosion in my mind. I never knew rice can taste so good!

Dinning at Chester’s was a happy experience, the staffs were attentive and most importantly, they were flexible at adjusting to patrons’ needs.
Chicken Marsala

Eating at Chester’s was the first time I sampled New Orleans fare and it is really something unique. For Singaporean readers who are wondering what New Orleans cuisine is like, I would say that it is comparable to Indian cuisine because it is spicy and rich with flavor.

I had the New Orleans Chicken which was a baked rice dish with chicken, melted cheese and a special sauce. The sauce was rich in spices, which made the rice very tasty and the chicken was tender and savory.

However, this richness of flavors is a double-edged sword. One on hand, the food is delicious and tantalizing to the taste buds but at the same time, it is also very easy to get overwhelmed by the taste. This is not necessary a big thing, but definitely something to consider.

My advice would be to come with friends and share the food. This way you not only get more variety, but also ensure that the richness of the food doesn’t overwhelm you.
New Orlean's Chicken


Tuesday, June 20, 2006 

Food Friday #16: Steve's Clams

Clams and Oysters, Raw and Casino, Bigger Better Faster More... Steve's Clams ROCK!

Monday, May 29, 2006 

Food Friday #15: Shango

The minute I walked into Shango, I felt like I was back in Holland Village in Singapore. We believe the owners actually converted the garage into part of a dining area. It's very charming and inviting.

They have a vast array of dishes on the menu from po-boys to meat/seafood entrees however, some of them did seem a bit pricey. Personally, I opted for the Creole Bouillabaisse ($19), which was tasty. Loaded with scallops, clam, crawfish, shrimps, in a richly spiced tomato stew. However, it could have been more satisfying accompanied with spiced rice, just like what I had at Chesters (Refer to Food Friday #11).

Rating: 4/5

Shango New Orleans Bistro and Wine Bar.
3260 Main St. (near UB South Campus and the Gloria J. Parks Community Cener), Buffalo. 837-2326.

Monday, May 22, 2006 

Food Friday #14: The Left Bank

Left bank was initially where we wanted to go last week. Unfortunately, the reservation was full until 10pm!! Wow, first signs that it's really popular. The secretary in my office warned me to make my reservations early as it is just a small restaurant and reservations fill up quickly. Finally on the following Monday, I managed to get a reservation for 3 at 5.45pm for friday.

It's quite a drive to the restaurant but it's all worth it. Upon seated, soft crusty bread were served with their scrumptious homemade sundried tomatoes and olive oil dip (free). That's so good and thinking of it still makes me drool. I had an excellent seafood pasta ($19), with generous portions of shrimp, lobster, crab, and garnished with breaded artichokes. The delicious artichokes were crispy on the outside and succulent inside which really adds a nice touch to the whole dish. Another foodfriday success with great service and food. Rating: 5/5

The Left Bank
511 Rhode Island St, Buffalo, NY 14213, 716-882-3509

Friday, May 12, 2006 

Food Friday #13: La Tee Da

Penny: Outstanding! La Tee Da has the best presentation I have seen so far. The cod filet ($17) I had was cooked to perfection and served on a bed of garlic-mashed potatoes! The other accompaniments include garlic rice, asparagus, cranberry chutney, butternut squash flan, and lightly fried cauliflower breaded with parmesan cheese. Impressive, isn't it? This was one of those rare dinners that tasted as good as it looked. Their home-made desserts look devine but I was too stuffed to try them. I'll definitely go back for more. Rating: 5/5

Located at 206 Allen St. (in Allentown), Buffalo.

KL: I love the deco, but the restaurant was a little too warm. There were candles and spot lights everywhere. The food was very well presented. I love the presentation. The garnish was layed out so nicely that it was almost a sin to touch it. Penny's codfish was so tasty and it tasted like scallop (LOL)... My grilled fish also tasted nice with lemon and rice. What's the rice cooked with? I don't know, but it was really good!


Food Friday #12: O Restaurant

We had a nice time at O but unfortunately we lost all our photos. :( Rating: 4.5/5

O Restaurant and Lounge
Northtown Plaza (on Sheridan Dr., between Payless and Dunn Tire), Amherst.

Sunday, April 23, 2006 

Food Friday #11: Chester's New Orleans Bar

Mr Big says: Chester's was a bar and grill place which specialize in Cajun fares. The dinning area was about the same size as the bar area (i.e., small). We waited for about 45mins before we were sitted, but it was worth the wait. I had the New Olrean Chicken and Rice and a French Onion soup (why not right, since the French Quarter was there). The Chicken and rice was very favorfully... spicy to say the least. The favor was IN the rice, not ON it. It had french rolls, so I could dip them in the gravy which was delightful. I love Cajun food, so I will definitely try out the other dishes. Wish they had more space and cooks (4.8/5)

Penny says: Chester's Grill & Bar is a hole in the wall but the food is excellent and utterly satisfying. We shared a fried clam strips which was just chewy and well done. Personally, I just have to order myself a Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo because it's a New Orleans must-have. For entreé, I had Cajun Shrimp & Rice and the shrimps tasted so fresh and succulent. I hope we'll be able to find more places like this one to make our Food Friday a even more memorable one everytime. (5/5)

Sunday, April 16, 2006 

FoodFriday #10: Shanghai Red

A very elegant and high-scale restaurant on the waterfront. What a great view and perfect ambience. Although there's nothing shanghai about Shanghai Red but you'll find a nice variety of seafood, steaks, chicken and pasta entrees. Most of the entrees range between $15-$25. I must say I am not a big fan of the food but for the experience, this is definitely a must-see when you are in Buffalo. Rating: 4/5

Kelvin: I like the concept of the place... nice view the waterfront... birdsin the diving for fish... The entrance of the restaurant was pretty cool too. like a small garden...
But I think the food was so-so., nothing fantastic. I actually find it a little bland. But the good news is, we found out that there was a decommissioned ship near the restaurant.

So anyway, I went for the Bx3 concert on the following day and it was great. Bx3 is the bass version of G3 with Stu Hamm, Billy Sheehan, and Jeff Berlin. Managed to take a picture with all 3 of them at the end but the person who took the pic messed it up. I was looking at another direction and 2/3 Jeff's head was gone. That is why I don't like to let others handle the camera!

Monday, April 03, 2006 

Food Friday #9: Tsunami

Tsunami located at 1141 Kenmore Avenue Kenmore is our nineth food friday outing. How was it? Let the photos speak for itself. Rating: 4.5/5
1141 Kenmore Avenue Kenmore, New York 14217. Tel: 447-7915

Sunday, March 26, 2006 

Food Friday #8: Fat Bob's Smokehouse

This week's my turn to decide the venue for food friday. I did research for almost four days and no, I'm not kidding you. Finally deciding on suposedly best barbeque in Buffalo — Fat Bob's! Located at 41 Virginia Place, Buffalo, NY 14202, Fat Bob's right next to Mother's (see food friday #4). The ambience casual, relaxed, with picnic-style tablecloths and a wall-sized aquarium separating the dining room from the bar. I ordered their famous St. Louis Pork Ribs, half rack with two sides (onions rings and hush puppies $12.25). FINGER-LICKIN-GOOD! It's done just right and the meat comes right off the bone. The sides are absolutely perfect too, and the portion's generous. Definitely recomend FATBOB's to anyone who has cravings for good BBQ. Rating: 5/5

Saturday, March 18, 2006 

Food Friday #7: Rays

Penny says:
It's Friday again and also happened to be St. Patrick Day. Coincidentally, Big found this restaurant Ray's which offers St Patrick's Day buffet from 4:00 to 8:00pm. Whoa, everything just fell in place and soon we were there checking out the buffet. We had to wait for about 10mins to be seated. The buffet's priced at $9.95 but the spread is stunning! Everything is well prepared: Fried chicken; Polish sausage; breaded haddock; breaded shrimp; pierogis (cheese, and very tender that evening); sweet and sour cabbage; mashed potatoes; French fries; pasta; macaroni and potato salads; vegetables; rolls; czarnina, cream of brocolli soups; salad bar; pistacchio cake and southern banana pudding. Rating: 4/5

Kevin says:
Located in along a busy street of a quiet town, Ray's is actually a catering and special events organizer which holds dinner buffets only on Fridays. Part of the fun involved going back in time in a nostalgic setting of a smokey bar lounge, wooden dancing floors, cheesy chandeliers overlooking a single buffet fixture. Of the limited range of southern style food they served, each item did impress me with the quality you'd expect if you were to order the same ala carte style. The fish fry was exceptional, while the rest of the spread were equally traditional and delicious. Incidentally the waitress underpriced our meal by accident (-$10!), but Penny set a good example for us Asians by alerting her to it. If anything, I thought in such parts of America, where we were the only asians in the whole place, it's extra important to make a good case for ourselves. Overall, it was a homely authentic experience, but nothing incredible. Rating: 3/5.

Sunday, March 12, 2006 

Food Friday #6: Kabab & Curry

Penny says: Kabab & Curry on Transit Road was where we went last Friday. The service's excellent however if you compare authenticity, taste, and experience, I feel that Tandoori's still way more impressive. Of course in terms of price, Kabab's definitely more economical. For example, all their entrees are served with rice unlike at Tandoori's, you gota place a side order of rice. On the average, each of us spent $16 with tips. Rating: 3.5/5

Kelvin says:
I think the food is authentically good. There is live music entertainment (instrumental) every Friday from 6-9pm. But somehow, there wasn't any magic dust in the air. Rating: 3.5/5

Kevin says:
As my friend Anish attested, the spread we had was authentic and good tasting. The experience we had though left more to be desired since it felt that the food spoke for itself, while the restaurant did little to add to the overall dining experience. Waitresses didn't make the effort to recommend anything, not even good desserts and we left the place sooner than any other Food Friday eateries we've traversed. I felt more could have been done. This place is great for a quick meal, but not so for dinner I feel. Tandoori was completely different, and wins my honor of best Indian Restaurant in Buffalo. Let me know if you think otherwise. Rating: 3/5