It's that time of year again - the Hamilton Downtown BIA presents the 6th annual Localicious. Twelve restaurants come together and offer prix fixe menus from September 20th to October 6th. Like other similar events - Summerlicious, Winterlicious, and Taste of Burlington - this is a great opportunity to check out some local restaurnts - without breaking the bank! I attended the Lauch Party and here is what I had:
Chagall's at The Sheraton : I walked by this table a few times and didn't really pay much attention to it to be honest. I mean tomato soup? BLAH! But I thought for the purpose of blogging - I had to try it. And to my surprise - it was pretty awesome! The tomato soup - which I usually despise was perfectly seasoned, not too acidic and the perfect temperature for such a cold day. The grilled cheese was a cute addition.
Manual Coffee Labour : Hot Chocolate made with real chocolate - très expressive, no?
La Piazza Allegra : This was probably one of the more well known establishments - I haven't had italian food in Hamilton in a few years though so I wasn't too sure what to expect. The bun was fantastic - nice and chewy and an excellent choice for the pulled pork. The flavours in the pulled pork and fennel slaw itself were pretty mild - and the portion was a little stingy. But I kept eating it ... just for the bread!
Acclamation : Another surprise of the evening, this heirloom tomato salad. At first glance, I wasn't very impressed at all. But the tomatoes were fresh, the bread was just the perfect texture and the extra edition of balsamic and cheese just brought everything together. This was a perfect representation of Localicious - tasty, local & fresh!
Radius : I'm usually not a fan of quinoa but paired with the shredded lamb - it was a great dish! Very light - especially for a lamb dish. The lamb wasn't over cooked aand didn't give off any gameyness.
Rapscallion : My favourite of the night was obviously Rapscallion. Everyone knows I have a total food crush on these guys and they can do no wrong in my books! They definitely didn't dissapoint on this occasion. They had tiny stuffed quail legs. Perfectly pan fried, nicely carmalized and a crispy skin.
I enjoyed the launch, although I was surprised only twelve restaurants were participating - this is a great opportunity for downtown business to shine and I would have loved to see more participants - if it's possible. I also didn't love the fact that you had to eat all of your samples off of the same plate. A lot of the flavours form one dish just morphed into the next one.
Check out the website for the full list of participating restaurants and their menu.