Location: 2430 Crowchild Trail NW
After a mixed feeling kind of day, we finally got to try out Nick’s. Brae had been planning on bringing me here when we just first started dating. Tonight we finally got that chance. The restaurant wasn’t dead, but it wasn’t super busy either, but it was a Tuesday, so I didn’t expect it to be too busy anyways.
We were promptly seated in what I assumed to be the bar/lounge area and given just enough time to peruse the menu. I had already looked at the menu before, but still didn’t exactly know what I wanted. I know Brae wanted me to try the pizza since that was once of the things they were known for, but wanted to try their steaks, which is the other thing they specialize in (I mean, duh, look at their name). After looking at the prices, I decided I’d stick to a pizza this time and come back another time to try some other items on their menu because a lot of it sounded really good. Me being me wanted to order an appetizer and guess what, we ordered the calamari. As most of you will know by now, this is my go to appetizer.
Like the kind of day I had been having, I had a mixed opinion about the calamari. Having had so many varieties of calamari, I’d have to say that the batter could have been lighter. At first, it isn’t so bad, but after about half or more of it, it starts to feel very greasy and heavy. There are two solutions for that: sharing that with more people or make a lighter batter. However, the tzatziki is one of the best I’ve ever had. It’s not the kind that has an overbearing amount of garlic, but just the right amount for me (I do love my garlic, but I know that sometimes the quantity that I like is often too much). The pizzas followed shortly after we finished the calamari.
Brae got his favourite: Hawaiian and I tried the Sweet Chili Chicken. I was torn between the Sweet Chili Chicken and Chicken Carbonara, but Brae helped me choose. I think that was a great choice because it satisfied all the tastes one craves for and chicken carbonara has the potential to be very heavy and rich. The first thing that struck me was the stringy mozzarella cheese. Mozzarella is one of my favourite cheeses simply because of how well it melts and the slightly chewy texture it has after it’s been melted. The pizza was simply blanketed in cheese. Now, some may say that that is too much cheese, but for me, there’s no such thing. In fact, when our waitress offered us some parmesan, I jumped at the chance to have more melty cheese on my pizza. While it was annoying that the pizza toppings kept slipping off the pizza while it was hot, it tasted so much better that way. The crust itself tasted almost buttery. It’s one of the better pizzas I’ve had, but the thickness of the crust and the doughiness are somewhat off-putting.
This is one of Brae’s favourite restaurants and I can see why. I like this restaurant, it’s good for a casual night out and I would agree to come back here, especially since I would love to try some of the other items on their menu, but would I say this is the kind of restaurant I would choose if given a choice? No. Restaurants like this aren’t usually in my wheelhouse, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy them when I do go. It’s homey and the servers are friendly enough. Besides, it’s one of Brae’s favourites so I can definitely see myself coming back here in the future for sure. I would rate this place 3.75/5.