McRae’s took over the old Tan’s Market on Shelbourne Street in 2010, and spent months renovating the space into a West Coast pub-style restaurant. Being in a predominantly residential area, we often overlooked it when deciding on a place to eat out. We finally ventured to the restaurant for a birthday dinner recently and got to try it out.
The first thing we noticed when browsing the menu is that all of the sandwiches and burgers seemed really cheap. Then we noticed that the price includes on the sandwich or burger, and no sides – you have the option of adding one side for $3, or two sides for $5.
For our meals, we ordered the Teri-Ginger Chicken Burger, which is a grilled chicken breast covered in mozzarella cheese, with tomato, lettuce, and red onion on a sourdough bun with a side of Greek Salad ($8.50+$3.00).
The chicken was well cooked but still very moist, and full of flavour with the teri-ginger sauce – no ketchup needed! The greek salad was very disappointing though. It was mostly cucumber, with very little else, and extremely small, especially for $3. Going with fries would have been much better value.
Our other entree was the Grilled & Roasted Vegetable Panini, served with grilled zucchini, roasted marinated eggplant, roasted red peppers, grilled red onions, fresh spinach, basil infused goats cheese and house made hummus with a side of Yam Fries ($8.50+$3.00).
As you can see, the amount of fries when compared with the salad is quite noticeable. While the Panini was loaded with vegetables, it lacked any kind of taste and was very bland. We probably wouldn’t order the Panini again.
While our experience at Mcrae’s was average, we would be willing to try it again, especially in the summer months on their outdoor patio. It is a nice change from having to venture into town to eat at a restaurant like this.
Have you dined at Mcrae’s before? How has your experience been? Let us know in the comments.
1652 McRae Ave