BUZZ readers send this writer to Hunter’s
by Andrew Sprague
Hunter’s Ale House is a lot of things to a lot of people. To many, it’s one of the best live music venues in the province, consistently booking top talent from the Island and abroad. To others, it’s a lively pub, perfect for a round of trivia or happy hour drinks with the gang. To others still, Hunter’s is the best spot in town for straight up pub food, and plenty of it. The meals are outrageously large, by any standard imaginable. I have never, in any state of mind or body, been able to finish a plate of food at Hunter’s Ale House.
The mind boggling size of the meals at Hunter’s has to be a major attraction to a surprisingly large number of people. There must be an ample supply of customers who eat there with regularity and rarely leave a bite of food behind. Why else would the meals be so massive? One would think a rare display of determination and animal instinct would be required to finish a plate that size. And if that’s true the average amount of food wasted would be substantial. So either Hunter’s is taking a noticeable hit on food cost to serve the minority of customers, or we’re all a bunch of gluttonous feed bags. I can’t decide. But whatever it is, it’s working for Hunter’s.
Size aside, people love the food, as was evidenced by the volume of recommendations Hunter’s received in a recent poll on the best restaurant meals on the Island. The most popular of the recommendations from Hunter’s was the curry chicken nachos.
I am not a huge fan of restaurant nachos. I’ve been known to absolutely gorge on home made nachos, but I rarely if ever order them when I’m out to eat. I may be alone in this; Hunter’s has eight nacho varieties, which speaks to a high level of popularity among the clientele. According to our waitress, the curry chicken nachos are the best selling among them.
“There are people who come in, and it’s all they ever order.”
A fan of the nachos, she recommended I get the curry on the side. The nachos can get a little sloppy the longer the curry soaks in, apparently. I took her advice and asked whether I should get the regular or the Hunter’s size. She only looked at me for a second.
“Oh, you’re probably a regular size kind of guy.”
“That I am.”
She was back in about six minutes. The nachos and cheese covered an area the size of a pizza pan. The chicken curry filled a soup bowl. Again, this was the smaller of the two sizes. The salsa and sour cream seemed miniature compared to everything else.
I got through about half the order. Everything tasted good but it was, as always, way too much food. I also found it hard to effectively transfer the curry from the bowl to the nacho. As tasty as it was, the curry was a little on the thin side, which made it difficult to keep any amount on the nacho. Looking back, letting the curry soak in a bit may have been the better option.
The good news is the nachos kept well with the curry on the side. My friend Scott took the leftovers home with him and had them for breakfast the next morning.
“I hate to see good food wasted.”
So do I, buddy. So do I.
—What is your favourite Island restaurant meal? Each month, Andrew Sprague heads out to eat based on your recommendation. Post it using #TryThisAndrew