Saturday, 19 January 2013

EARLS KITCHEN AND BAR (Burlington) 3.75 out of 5

900 Maple Ave., Mapleview Mall, Burlington On., L7S 2J8 , (905) 631-1212, Open lunch, dinner, late night

A few of the lads and I decided to have a guys night at the Earls Kitchen and Bar at the Mapleview Mall in Burlington.  We met on Friday night at about 7:30 and the place was packed.  However, they provided us with glasses of champagne while we waited (what a great idea).  It wasn't too long for us to get seated.  We sat at a nice banquette near the bar and ordered a bottle of wine while we discussed the menu.  


We started getting hungry after a couple of glasses of wine so we ordered some appetizers.  We began with The Naples Margherita pizza with fresh mozzarella, parmesan, San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil on a thin crust .  It was light and delicious.

We followed this with calamari fritti.  They were very small and combined with small pieces of fresh red onion and an accompanying cucumber tzatziki sauce - it was an unusual presentation I hadn't seen before.  Although they were very small they were delicious.

We followed this with another pizza The Italia - this one had meats on it including spicy capicolla, salami and chorizo, provolone cheese, parmesan, fresh basil and San Marzano tomato sauce on a thin crust.  It was delicious and light despite the meats it had on it.

By now we were getting thirsty so we ordered a couple more bottles of wine (it was reasonably priced and a light shiraz).

We found the calamari so appetizing we ordered another plate of it,  while we talked and talked.  The appetizers were a little pricey.  Next, we decided to order our mains.  Two of us had the roast chicken breast with yukon mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables without the Romesco sauce. ($20) 

One of us ordered the same but with the Romesco sauce.  

One of us ordered the Bronx burger with an angus beef patty, beer battered onion rings, roasted garlic aioli, red pepper relish, on a house made sesame bun with rocket greens and white cheddar. ($16)
The chicken was quite tender and the yukon mashed potatoes were delicious. The burger was definitely man sized and melted in your mouth.  These were good mains well worth their price.  We finished our mains with a selection of beer and were very satisfied. 
The hostesses here were very personable and very customer oriented.  Our waitress was outstanding and genuinely wanted to make our meal enjoyable.  The atmosphere here was friendly and hip.  It is a good restaurant. I am sure, we will return here frequently.

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