The concept of Tilted Grill is interesting – street food in a restaurant. We bought a deal voucher to use for this restaurant, so we thought we’d give it a try. I had heard mixed reviews about the restaurant… there was actually a lot of controversy surrounding it when they had invited some bloggers to their restaurant for a food sampling. Some of the reviews were less-than-positive, which is understandable when it is a new restaurant. However, one blogger in particular (who wasn’t at the event) thought that it was wrong of these bloggers to post negative reviews.
I disagree. It is never my intention to slam anyone, but the whole point of reviews is to get feedback on a place, both positive and negative. I mean, would you watch movie reviews if they said they were good every time? Or if they didn’t post reviews unless they were good? It doesn’t make any sense.
Anyway, I thought we’d try out the restaurant and see for ourselves. I mean, that’s all you can really do, isn’t it?
Here’s what we enjoyed:
1) Veggie Pad Thai (we added chicken). Rice stick noodles, egg, tofu, bok choy, roasted peanuts, bell peppers, red onion in a tamarind sauce. This was okay, but not authentic by any means. I’ve never had pad thai with bok choy, bell peppers or red onion in it. With the addition of chicken, the price came up to $19. Pretty pricey for a dish that should have been probably ordered at a real Thai restaurant instead.
2) Tacos. These were not the regular tacos on the menu, but a special that they had advertised that day. These were bright, flavourful, and delicious. The carne asada tacos on the menu are $17, so I’m not sure how much difference there is between the dishes. (These were $3.50 each, I believe.)
3) Viet pork skewers. Ground pork wrapped around bamboo skewers. Served with hoisin and Sriracha sauce. These were also quite tasty – who doesn’t love meat on a stick?
4) Chocolate bread pudding. I was really excited about this dish, as I had recently had the most amazing bread pudding at Stonehill Restaurant and Tavern. It was actually the first bread pudding I tried, and I was in love. This version was a bit too sweet with the sauce on top, and wasn’t what I was expecting. It was still pretty tasty, though.
I think there are some hits and misses here at Tilted Grill. Perhaps they are still ironing them out now… my biggest complaint would be that you’re getting street-type food at a restaurant price. For me, that’s hard to justify, especially with all of the food trucks that have invaded Calgary’s food scene lately.