best clam chowder in the city…kanata chowder restaurant

27 May

I never really hang out near Willow and Broadway but since my visit to Boston, I have never found a clam chowder that could quite match it.  Thankfully on a hungry bike ride one day, I ventured in to Kanata Chowder that claimed to have the best clam chowder in the city.

On a second visit the other day, they didn’t disappoint, their sandwiches and soups are delicious!  With 1/2 sandwich combos with your choice of soup averaging around $7.75, I wish this tasty lunch spot was closer to our house!

The walls are covered in quaint historic newspaper articles of Vancouver happenings coupled with french postcards and posters.  The small wood tables are haphazardly covered in french labels and the condiments include imported french sea salt and gourmet black pepper.  Somewhat unexpected for such an affordable lunch destination!

Our soups arrived first and of course the Kanata Clam Chowder was the show stopper.  The soup was thick and creamy with the saltiness of clams and bacon.  You can feel the buttery texture on your tongue with every bite!  Just the right amount of small tidbits of potato and a few spoonfuls had a delightful soft bit of bacon.  This was certainly on par with the chowders I sampled in Boston.

Our other soup choice was a chicken broth full of tuscan vegetables.  Fresh tomatoes, floating onions, sweet carrots, all topped off with some herbs.  I’m not sure what was in it, but there was a kick to the soup, not super spicy but pleasantly warm.  For a broth based soup, it wasn’t entirely light but each spoonful packed a punch with flavour!

Our half sandwiches came next and came with a few fresh snacky bits on the side.  The warm Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich was tender with an underlying smoky flavour.  Each sandwich came with your choice of bread, toasted or not.  Two sticks of crisp carrots, slices of very vinegary pickles and watermelon slices accompanied each sandwich half.

I ended up choosing a garlic roastbeef sandwich with provolone cheese and dijon mustard on rye.  The roastbeef wasn’t very garlicky but the sandwich was delicious all the same.  I especially liked how the cheese slice was so big!  Both sandwiches had a healthy portion of meat, I can’t imagine how big the full sandwich would be!

If you’re ever by Willow and Broadway, be sure to drop in to this quaint restaurant and grab a bite.  The wait staff are super friendly and love the food that they make!

Atmosphere: 3.5/5
Flavour: 4/5
Presentation: 4/5
Uniqueness: 3.5/5
Service: 4/5
Value: 4/5


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