My Doctor moved her office to Port Moody.
I could complain about the longer commute to go see her, but instead, I will focus on the fact that her move has opened a new culinary gate for me to experience.
Across the street from her office its an authentic Irish Pub called St. James’s Well. I was looking for some good comfort food, so I thought why not?
I fell in love with the place the moment I entered. The thick wood accents and the stained glass windows gave the place such character! As soon as I sat down I was greeted by a friendly server who took my drink order right away, (Lions Gate Winter Ale) and offered me the dinner menu.
I was pretty pleased with the menu’s offerings – aside from having pub favorites such as nachos and chicken fingers, their menu has a wide range of dishes, ranging from salads to full entrees. (Check out their menu here). I was also surprised to find out that their Executive Chef is none other than Shayne Shepherd, whose impressive resume includes CinCin, The Teahouse in Stanley Park, The Moustache Cafe, only to name a few. Right then I knew I was in for a treat!
Based on my server’s suggestions, I started my meal with the stuffed baby yorkies appetizer – Yorkshire pudding stuffed with roast beef and topped off with horseradish, served with au jus for dipping ($10). I loved them. The portion was more than enough for sharing. The roast beef was so tender and juicy, it just melted on your tongue. I was worried that the horseradish would be too overwhelming, but no. It had just the right consistency and flavor.
I followed my appetizer with their Steak & Guinness Pie (beef slowly braised with Guinness stout, mushrooms, carrots & onions, topped with puff pastry ($14.00). You have your choice of salad, fries or soup with your meal, so I chose the Guinness, Crab, Corn and Cheese Soup. It was so good, I forgot to take a picture of it before I started eating. Seriously, I was half-way thru my soup and I thought “shoot”. The pie was so good! Crusty and flaky on top, juicy and hot in the middle. You could really taste the Guinness stock as well. The meat was so tender, and it had big chunks of carrots and potatoes. Overall a very satisfying meal.
Just when I thought I couldn’t eat another bite, my server suggested I try their Sticky Toffee Pudding – It came warm from the oven and with a generous scoop of ice cream on top. The cake was so moist, it had almost a carrot cake consistency. And the sauce? So awesome.
I literally rolled out of James’s Well. It was a good meal. I think that I won’t mind going to my Doctor’s new office, after all.