Eating Your Content: Honey West Restaurant & Lounge (Burlington)
Marie dropped me a line a couple days ago suggesting we try out a spot in Burlington. I’d really like to start delving into their restaurant scene and see what’s good. She sent me a link to Honey West. They recently revamped their menu and there were some interesting items so I figured why not. Kathy was back from her trip to Cuba and the three of us were off for a fun night.
As a heads up, this is my first review with my Canon Powershop S95. Big thanks to mobile powerhouse Daniel Bader for hooking me up on the cheap. I hope people enjoy the upgrade in quality of photos. I’ll be making it my project in the summer to improve the quality of my shots to something a photog (what’s good Casey & Marcel) wouldn’t laugh at.
Somersby Mini Piitcher – $6.65
Honey West has a drink special every evening between 4 – 7. Draft beer/cider in a mini pitcher (basically 2 pints) for just under $7. Talk about value town.
Parmesan Crusted Wings – $14
While the drinks were value town, these wings were anything but. I was surprised all wings were drumsticks as that’s not to everyone’s liking. The wings were large and juicy but lacked seasoning. The breading was just that. The wings were given a stong dose of Parmesan coating and the flavour punched right through. They came with a side of Blue Cheese Coleslaw though neither Kathy or myself got any sense of Blue Cheese. No complaints here. I can’t stand any cheese in that family. Good wings but overpriced for the quantity.
Sweet Lemon Caesar – $11
This salad was an absolute beast. The lettuce was fresh and crisp. The Crostini in place of croutons had great crunch. The cook was a little heavy handed with the Parmesan dressing but nothing to turn me off. Every bite had a strong sense of lemon zest to it. I was a little surprised at getting one long strip of bacon. I chopped it up and it was more than enough but it felt like something tacked on.
Jalapeno Cheddar Wontons – $12
By far the star of the appetizers. Marie was sold on Honey West as soon as she saw this item on their online menu. They lived up to her hype and then some. Crisp Wontons wrapped chopped Jalapeno, Red Onion, Aged Cheddar and Cream Cheese. It was an amazing combination. I could not believe how much I enjoyed these. Odds are good if I come back I’ll order 2 of these with a Mini Pitcher and be set for the evening.
Petit Filet – $32
Bacon wrapped Filet Mignon. OK here’s the thing; Kathy ordered it Medium Well. I’m not going to get into why I think that’s steak sacriledge. What I will get into is that this was far beyond Medium Well. I tried two bites and both were chewy and dry. Sadly such an amazing cut of beef went to waste. Oddly the bacon wrapping the beef was fantastic. It came with a side of Smashed Red Potatoes. There was an element in those potatoes I couldn’t put my finger on. The server asked the cook and he said Salt, Pepper, and Sour Cream. I don’t believe it for a second. There’s at least one other component in there.
Hong Ma Chow Mein – $23
Marie ordered this dish and absolutely loved it. It’s a very large portion of Udon Noodles, Chicken, Shrimp, and Mixed Vegetables. The key to this combination was the Siracha Chili though. Holy hell was that good. Honey West was liberal in its use and it worked well. I loved that little bit of heat in the back of the bite.
Pineapple Butter Chicken – $22
Like the Chow Mein, Honey West did not mess around with portions. I was slightly fearful of the taste as I don’t care for Pineapple. I figured it’d create too sweet a taste. Truth be told I didn’t get any sense of Pineapple and I was grateful for it. Heaping mounds of well seasoned Butter Chicken with mixed vegetables. The veggies were cooked perfectly. I always worry about vegetables getting soggy but these were an ideal consistency. Basmati Rice with plenty of Curry Sauce at the base. I sopped up every last drop with the fresh Naan Bread. I couldn’t be happier.
Shout outs to our server Angelica who did a great job all evening. I think she was the only server that night and worked like a mofo.
Kathy pointed out that she got punked out on her choices (wings & steak) but Marie and I both thoroughly enjoyed our apps and entrees. I can’t speak highly enough of the Jalapeno Cheddar Wontons or my Pineapple Butter Chicken. With the exception of the astronomical cost of the Parmesan Wings, everything else was solid value for the taste and portions. Pop into Honey West this summer for patio dinner and get your max value between 4 and 7 on that beer/cider special.