For those of you not yet familiar with lazymeal, it’s an online food ordering platform that is focused on recommending the tastiest meals in greater Vancouver. It’s simple, just punch in your postal code and peruse the menus of establishments in your area, place your order, and voila! lazymeal delivers. They’re partnering up with the local food blogging community to evaluate the restaurants you can order from on their sites, and we were lucky enough to get an invite to one of their mashup events. For these reviews (and you will probably see more of them in the near future) we will be focusing on the take-out aspect of the restaurants, so don’t expect any info on the service and decor etc. But we think all in all these reviews will be more informative to our readers since we will get to sample a wider selection of the menu than usual, because the food is the most important aspect after all, right? And don’t worry, we aren’t selling out; we’ve been encouraged to be completely honest with our reviews. Enjoy!
First up we had the Mixed Platter ($10) and Chutney Trio ($2). It consists of vegetable samosas, chicken pakoras and vegetable pakoras. The samosas in particular stood out from the crowd; they contained a pretty complex spice blend compared to your average restaurant samosa. Wendy said it tasted Christmas-ey, and I agreed. Cloves and nutmeg perhaps? Maybe some ginger? I don’t know for sure, but you could tell by the dark colour of the potato mixture inside that there was a lot going on in that spice blend. The chicken pakoras had decently sized chunks of moist meat and tasted great with the spicy mint chutney. The tamarind was of the usual variety that normally come free with samosas and the mango chutney was really sweet. If you go for this platter I’d suggest getting the chutney to go with it. While the samosas could stand on their own the vegetable pakoras might be a bit dry without.
Along with the appetizers we tried their Cucumber Salad ($6). Some of the red you see in the photo is tomato, and some is…maraschino cherry! Pretty unexpected but it actually went quite well in the salad. They use it for garnish in several dishes, and it isn’t necessarily meant to be eaten with the meal but in this case it worked. The yoghurt-type dressing was cool and creamy (Wendy found a tinge of sweetness) and the whole dish was very refreshing.