Long time, no write! I figured things would slow down around here once I went back to work and I was right. The other night, however, was one of those blistery winter nights that required a trip to Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill. If you are anything like me and grew up going out for family dinners to get the Festive Specials, then you’ll understand why Swiss Chalet and winter seem to go hand-in-hand!
Things have changed quite a bit since those childhood days gone by! Not only have my own personal tastes changed, but in more recent years they have really re-vamped their menu. I already know that I love their perogies, but since they removed my favorite, the grilled chicken caesar salad, and I am not all that keen on the quater chicken, I decided to try out a few of the new flavours. This decision led to me making a meal out of a bunch of appetizers, as well as stealing the odd bite off my mate’s plate! Unfortunately every item we received (except the fries) seemed to be either under cooked or over cooked. We guessed that this may have been the result of ordering app’s and an entrée to arrive all together, but still, it’s not rocket science! Regardless, the flavours were still fantastic, for me at least! I don’t know why I ever forget how much I love the different dips and sauces here, and maybe it was because I was starving, but last night everything was just so perfectly delicious! I love dipping their fries and the chicken in the Chalet sauce (which I always forget you can buy in packets at the grocery store!). I love dipping the ribs in the barbeque sauce (which is what used to come on the grilled chicken). And I love the cajun dipping sauce that comes with the perogies (although they have changed something about it recently and it’s not as good as it used to be). I even like their gravy but I don’t know what I’d put it on because everything is already busy being dipped in something else! The coconut shrimp were a first time try for me. They would have been better if they were cooked a little longer and were crispier. The sweet chili thai dipping sauce was pretty standard, but it’s nice to know I can get some decent coconut shrimp now without spending a bundle. The spring rolls are something I will live without. There was some herb or spice in them that just didn’t sit well with me. Nevermind that they seem to be trying to put an almost Mexican type of flair in them and they add green and red peppers which could potentially be good, but just strikes me as odd. It is not the kind of flavour one would expect from a spring roll.
And, I cannot forget to mention, though I did forget to photograph, the best garlic loaf in the city! Actually, it might qualify as the best garlic loaf I have ever had. It comes stuffed with melted cheese and absolutely smothered in tangy garlic butter. It is just so good that I had to scarf it down as soon as it hit the table! And I surprised myself by actually feeling a desire to eat it with the tomato bits! I usually brush them all off, but this time I actually made sure to eat it bruschetta style! I have never before in my life actually wanted to eat a piece tomato. But this just shows that all of the training I have been doing with myself (by leaving tomatoes on burgers and such for as long as I can tolerate them) is actually helping me to like them! I’m so excited! I love it when I start to like something new that is also healthy!
All that you see above, plus one tea and one coffee, came to $61.50.