Location: 129, 6455 Macleod Trail SW
Today was a ridiculously busy day. In the future, I would never recommend trying to hit up three bridal shops in one day. Before we even finished our first shop, some of us were starting to feel hungry, so by the end of the second shop we, or at least I wanted to cannibalize some of the bridal party.
We stopped at one restaurant before this one, but it couldn’t accommodate a group of seven at that time. Since we were ravenous, we looked for the next best alternative and since we were going to be stopping at Chinook to see if we could find some wedding stuff we thought State and Main would be the best option.
As it is the holiday season, parking at the mall was scarce, but we were lucky enough to find somewhere relatively close. Since we didn’t want to be turned away from another restaurant, we had called ahead to see if there was space and they reserved a table for us of their own accord, which I thought was really nice. The others in our party weren’t so luck in finding a parking spot, but they eventually all made it.
We were the first of our party to arrive since we had the good fortune of finding a parking spot. We started with an appetizer, calamari, of course. I love calamaris that have all the “extras.” State and Main choose to serve theirs with a medley of jalapenos, onions & bell pepper with a roasted red pepper aioli. This is one of the better calamaris I have had, but that may be because my opinion is influenced by the fact that the jalapenos, onions, and bell peppers helped to balance the greasiness that is characteristic of fried foods. Compared to Boston Pizza, which has pretty much the same medley, State and Main is a little more refined.
The majority of the party ordered tacos, three ordered the Long Beach Fish Tacos with the Ginger Cilantro Slaw, and I ordered the Gogi Tacos with Fries and a dill dip. As per my food ADD/ADHD, I love trying multiple things so Julia and I planned to swap a taco so we’d have the chance to give more than one menu item a try. The fish tacos consisted of lightly spiced mahi mahi topped with avocado, shredded lettuce, tomato, green onion, chopped cilantro, fresh lime, and a salsa. After eating many fish tacos, I have learned that I do not like mahi mahi. There’s something about the taste of the fish that is off putting for me. Besides that, this taco was rather ordinary. It’s like every other taco you have ever had in your life. A taco is unique only in its toppings and seasoning and these are the basic. There was nothing special about the Long Beach Fish Tacos, but the Gogi Taco on the other hand was phenomenal. My protein of choice has never been pork. I’m not saying that I won’t eat it or that it can’t be prepared deliciously (ref: crispy suckling pig), but if there’s the choice of beef or chicken or sometimes even fish, I would choose them over pork. The problem is it is usually overcooked which makes it dry and tough to eat and some places there’s either a freezer burn taste or a very strong porky taste. You may think, what the heck, of course it tastes porky, it’s pork, but it’s not what you think. It’s a very distinct unsavoury flavour that reminds me all too much of raw meat. But the Gogi Tacos were nothing like that. The meat was succulent and flavourful. The Gogi Tacos consist of Korean inspired pork topped with ginger cilantro slaw & sriracha mayo on the side. The sriracha mayo isn’t totally necessary, but it’s still nice to have a little for dipping since it provides a little bit of heat. The ginger cilantro slaw, though there was very little of it (I mean, you can only fit so much into a taco), it packed a punch. It provided the refreshing bright notes that the Long Beach Fish Tacos lacked. Now I don’t normally rave about fries, but I think these fries were worth raving about. They are the perfect thickness, balancing the satisfying crunch of the exterior with the smooth softness of the interior. Paired with the dill dip elevates it to the next level. It’s creamy, but not heavy because the dill provides that touch of zinginess to prevent it from being just another fatty mayo dip.
The others ordered a Burrito Bowl, California Chicken Wrap, and an Eggs Benedict. I’m not sure how they liked it, but based on the fact that they finished it all, it was good. The Burrito Bowl looked pretty big and was probably really filling.
Since we wanted to get on with shopping and save some money on the bill, we didn’t have dessert, so next time I’ll definitely have to come back for that. Unfortunately it wasn’t possible to split the appetizer between everyone, so I ended up having to pay for the entirety of it, making my bill seem ridiculously expensive, but I guess if I took it off, it would seem pretty reasonable for a lunch.
The hostess and our server seemed a bit distant. At the end, she didn’t even come to pay out our bills, she had another waitress come by with the machine and collect for her. She nearly missed one of us, until we pointed it out to her.
I would certainly return for the food, but I’m not sure about the service. I’m willing to give them another chance since it could’ve just been an off day for her, but based on my experience that day I’d have to say my rating would be 3/5, but I would recommend this place for the food for sure.
State and Main Interior
Long Beach Fish Tacos with Ginger Cilantro Slaw
Gogi Tacos with Fries and Dill Dip