Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Just a Taste: The Granary
Just recently my parents and I went to the Granary for birthday appetizers. I have only eaten surf and turf entrees at the restaurant, so this was a new experience.
The restaurant is located on 8th Street behind the KFC and RBC Bank closer to the Circle Drive overpass.
The weather was beautiful so we ate on the patio, from my surprise I also learned that minors are able to be seated outside as well. Many tables of four are evenly distributed outside with plants placed strategically to make your experience feel more intimate. The main dining area indoors is great for special occasions, the dimmed lights and professional service is always a pleasure. And you can't forget about their little salad bar, I always loved starting my meal there.
Like I mentioned previously, I really only focused on the appetizers but steak and seafood options are always mouthwatering. There were about ten options and below you can read about what we selected. A small drink menu of beers, martinis, wines and cocktails is also available.
We started off with complimentary sourdough bread and ordered the crisp crusted calamari, crab and spinach artichoke dip, scallops wrapped in bacon and the salt and pepper dry ribs. The food came quick and was served hot. I also ordered a Saskatoon Berry iced tea that is similar to my favourite Summer beverage, the Long Island iced tea.
The calamari is one of the best in the city, a light crispy batter covers majority of the squid and is complimented by a cucumber dill dip. For those who are turned off by tentacles, you won't see any here! The crab and spinach artichoke dip didn't look appealing in my opinion but tasted great, the portion of dip matched the chips perfectly. Almost everything goes great with bacon, which is why we chose the bacon wrapped scallops, the crispy and soft textures go together great. They came with a side of cocktail sauce, but I found them flavourful on their own. Lastly was the dry ribs, I don't think salt and pepper dry ribs are bad anywhere. These were good, but weren't a highlight of our meal.
Although I don't eat here often, I do really enjoy it. Now I know it's not just a good place for a steak and lobster but you can come here to relax with drinks and appetizers. The service was spot on too, I'm glad we swung by here.