Hi food friends!
So last Thursday I went to the Pourhouse Bier Bistro for a Popup event. It was a chef VS chef showdown! The Burly Chef (@theBurlyChef) of the Pourhouse VS Chef Levi (@LeviB57) of the Attila the HUNgry food truck. Seems these 2 chefs have a friendly rivalry going on and we are the benefactors!
The event started at 6pm sharp! I made sure to book a reservation just to be sure I would get a spot.
Since this was a popup event there was a special menu for the evening. Each chef had a starter and 2 mains and the Burly Chef was also offering a desert. Trying to win points for those with a sweet tooth 😉
Far as I could tell the winner was to be determined by who had the most dishes ordered from their menu.
I ordered from Chef Levi’s menu which was Asian fusion inspired.
I had the Sumo Salad which was mixed greens with matchstick apple and thinly sliced radishes topped with a yuzu vinaigrette dressing and crunchy pork rinds. The dressing was nice and zippy while still being balanced and the apples added a good sweetness while the pork rinds were a good crunch.
My main was the Big Dirty Bahn Mi. Which was a Vietnamese style sandwich with Chinese style shredded brisket, slices of bbq pork, pickled cucumbers and carrots, roasted bone marrow butter and a cilantro chili aioli. Wow! This sandwich was AMAZING! I am an avid sandwich lover and this hit the mark. The brisket was so moist it saturated the bun but not to the point of it being soggy, the carrots added a good crunch and flavour from the pickling and the aioli was outstanding!
The friends that I went with are always very generous in sharing their food for the sake of research so I also got to sample 2 other dishes. The ‘Pahk the Cah in Hahvahd Yahd’ from the Burly Chef’s menu which was a New England clam chowder that featured Yukon gold potatoes, smoked clams and was infused with whiskey and Sam Adams lager. Very tasty as well, the flavours were all well rounded and complemented each other nicely.
The other dish I tasted was the Kimchi Shrimp WonTonachos from Chef Levi. This dish had ‘puffy’ crispy wonton chips topped with made from scratch kimchi, sautéed shrimp, shredded Asian cabbage, green onions and a garlic sesame aioli! Holy Hanna this was outstanding! I wish I had more room in my belly so I could stuff more food in my face hole! The kimchi wasn’t too spicy and the aioli calmed the bit of heat, the shrimp were perfectly cooked! I seriously considered asking if I could get a plate of these to go but decided against it since they would probably get soggy.
2 other items were ordered at our table that I was unable to try due to allergies and they both looked good as well. The Gravy Train – an undone lasagna style beef Wellington and the Elvis in a Jar – banana, peanut butter whipped layered dessert. Which both got a lot of yummy noises from around the table.
I found out later that night via Twitter that the Burly Chef was the champ of the night! And Chef Levi signed up for 2 more of these popups (so follow these chefs on Twitter for more details).
I can’t wait for the next one! The Burly Chef may have been the champion of the night but I think everyone who ate any of these dishes were the real winners 🙂
Thanks and until next time, enjoy your adventures!