Sip Resto Lounge

Just about a week ago, a big group of us went to Sip Resto Lounge for a friend’s bachelorette party! When we arrived the place was fairly empty but it was only about 6pm. After a while the place filled up fast.

Before I get into the food, I have to say that I’m very impressed with the service here. The manager came over to chat with us several times and even booking the place was easy.

They have a great special for birthdays (and apparently this special applies to bachelorette parties too?!)- the “firsts” of the celebrant is on the house. First appys, first shot, first drink, first entree. What a great deal.

Sip Resto Lounge is the sister restaurant of the Refinery, which is located upstairs. Sip’s menu is alcohol infused – purposely.

My friend and I ordered a couple dishes to share: Prawn Dumplings, West Coast Crab Mac and Cheese and the Sip Poutine.

The West Coast Crab Mac and Cheese ($7) was a fair portion – but mind you, this is supposed to be a side. They use the curly macaroni noodles which I find holds the flavour better. I loved the bite of the cheese in the dish and how there wasnt too much cheese to overpower the dish. There wasn’t much crab in the dish though.

I have to be honest for the next dish, I had to double and triple check the menu because I’m a little confused whether we ordered the Prawn Dumplings ($10) or the Spicy Tuna Wontons. My confusion comes from the fact that the dish was served with wonton wrappers and had a spicy sauce on top but I don’t recall any tuna in the middle. However, it sounds more like the Prawn Dumplings which are house made with Ginger Liqueur and Sweet & Spicy Mustard. I’m thinking these dumplings were deep fried which makes a lot more sense. The sauce on top really did the trick for this dish.

Finally the Sip Poutine ($10.50). Beer battered fries made the difference in this dish. It was not too starchy and the Guinness gravy was pretty good. The cheese is a little bit of a mystery to me as it says it’s made with cheese curds, but clearly is not. I appreciated it being melted completely but I felt like it needs the cheese curds to give it more authenticity (plus more cheese!).

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About Dee

Inspired by her father’s cooking savvy and impeccable taste and her love of trying out new places, Dee decided to pursue her love of food. Although she much prefers eating at a local restaurant, she has also taken up cooking as a novice who has lots to learn and many recipes to try. Join her quest to rise from cooking mediocrity and fine tune her palate at different restaurants!