Moxie’s Grill & Bar
By Lisa M.
On Friday May 10, 2013 a number of Growlers and friends found themselves dining at Moxie’s Grill & Bar as part of a dinner and movie night that culminated in seeing The Great Gatsby.
We chose Moxie’s because it was conveniently located next to the theatre and several of us, including yours truly, have had good food experiences there in the past. This night was no different, but no better, than previous visits.
I phoned the restaurant earlier that day to make reservations for 8 people. I was asked if I would like the bar or the dining room. Generally I find restaurant bars overly noisy so I asked for the dining room.
Excited for dinner and meeting up with all my friends, I arrived at the restaurant and was greeted by a young hostess who had just returned to the door from sitting some of my party. Rather than make another trek across the restaurant she opted to merely point out where my friends were sitting.
As I made the solo walk across the room I thought, “Hmm, that booth looks pretty small for our party.” Already the two couples who had arrived before me took up the entire booth. As I reached them, they kindly pointed out that the rest of our “table” was set up at the booth across the rather wide aisle. Apparently, the only table large enough to seat our entire party is located in the bar, and was already occupied when we started to arrive. I was very disappointed that the staff member who took my reservation over the phone did not inform me of the seating limitations or I would have asked for the bar, noise notwithstanding, in order to share the dining experience with everyone in my group, not just the few that sat at “my” booth.
Despite being separated by an aisle that was too large to talk across, our party had a pretty good time at dinner. Our server was very polite and attentive, and when my friend’s nacho order was accidentally burned in the kitchen, he offered her a comp choice of soup or salad while she waited for the nachos to be freshly re-cooked.
I started off my meal with my usual appetizer of Med Bread: seasoned bread served with three dips. This can be a hit or miss appetizer choice as sometimes the bread is hard and stale, but on this evening, it was fairly decent. My starter spring mix salad on the other hand, another hit or miss order, was definitely a miss. Usually the salad comes chock full of tasty feta cheese, dried cranberries, and seeds, all on a bed of tasty spring mix. On this night, it was mostly iceberg lettuce with dried, tasteless feta crumbled over the plate and a few dried cranberries trying to add much needed colour and flavour. For nearly $6, I would expect this salad to be perfection each and every time with only spring mix used as the lettuce base. The times I’ve dined at Moxie’s when this salad did not live up to promise, I had to wonder if the kitchen had run out of ingredients and were cheaping out on filler iceberg lettuce. If that’s the case, they need to severely reduce the price point of this salad.
For my main, I chose to try something different on their menu. I usually order the lemon-pepper haddock, or the herbed oven roasted chicken, both very good dishes. On this night, I decided on the red Thai chicken curry because I love a good curry and I hoped Moxie’s did not disappoint. Thankfully, it didn’t. The curry was nicely seasoned, not too spicy, and the vegetables were cooked to perfection, nice and crisp. Unfortunately it came with both rice and a rather over salted naan, which was a bit overkill in my opinion. One carb option would have been more than fine.
I finished up my meal with their mini sticky toffee pudding. The warm triangle of sticky toffee with melting vanilla ice cream scoop was divine, and definitely appeased my super sweet tooth. I left the restaurant satiated enough to not need popcorn at the theatre, which in my book is a sign of a pretty good meal overall. The curry and sticky toffee definitely made up for the lacklustre spring mix salad.
Overall I’d give Moxie’s 3.5 paws because their food is generally pretty good, if inconsistent, and their restaurant overall is clean, well decorated, and great for intimate and small parties. This Growler will keep that in mind the next time she needs a place to take a large group of diners.
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