Going for happy hour with the team, we ended up at the door of Mahony & Sons after our first choice restaurant was closed for a private party. No cheap drinks or half-price appies, but we still got great company and the Canucks live on TV.
I actually wasn’t in the mood for pub food, but with the change of location, we had to adapt. Given an earlier discussion about American pizzas vs. Neapolitan pizzas, I ordered myself a pizza – Italian Meat Lovers. Surprise, surprise!
It had a great variety of meat toppings but the combination of meat (I think it’s the Genoa salami) made the pizza too salty for my liking. The arrabiatta sauce wasn’t very spicy, had just a subtle kick. The crust was quite thin, so thin that the edges were crispy, cracker-like. It crumbled/fell apart when I bit into it. I personally like the edges to be slightly thicker, with some chewy texture.
KB and AM decided to share the Cheddar Jack Nachos. It was huge! The two of them didn’t finish the plate, partly because of its sheer size, partly because of the overload of sodium. They sprinkled salt on the tortilla chips, which, I suspect, came pre-salted/pre-seasoned, making them extra salty at certain bites. The guacamole (with a surcharge) was light and creamy, along with the sour cream helped make the chips less salty. I like its presentation of using nacho bowls for the salsa, sour cream and guacamole.
MP ordered the Lee’s Lamb Sandwich, which she said was “very good,” and so good that it made it difficult for her to order lamb sandwiches at other restaurants from now on. TC picked the Fresh Roasted Mahi Mahi Tacos. They looked really good, and TC said they tasted good too. Now I didn’t try either so I couldn’t comment on them, but MP and TC seemed to really enjoy them.
Mahony & Sons has the perfect location at the north end of the Vancouver Convention Centre, facing the water. It has a gorgeous view of the water, float planes, and the north shore. Too bad we were there on a rainy day so the view wasn’t at its best. It should be quite nice on a sunny day.
Of the four dishes we ordered, it seems to be a 50-50 split in terms of taste; half of the dishes were salty. If they could work on the quality of food, this would be a desirable place for happy hour after work, or a meetup on the weekend or even on games night, especially in the summer when the view is great.
Mahony & Sons Burrard Landing (at Vancouver Convention Centre West)
1055 Canada Place, Unit #36, Vancouver