999 36th St. N.E., Calgary
Signature Dish: Hainan chicken
Rating: *** 1/2
Dinner & drinks for 2: $30
Like a diner’s comfort menu of burgers and fries, Hong-Kong style cafés offer a consistent, economical spread of noodles and rice dishes.
Pebble Street is part of a company that operates a handful of similar restaurants (including Calgary Court and Sun’s BBQ) in Calgary. Most dishes hover around $10.
There are an endless variety of specials throughout the day from weekend breakfasts, lunch deals, and dinner combos. You could point to any tent card on the table and come away with a delicious, filling meal.
Dishes run the Asian gamut from Cantonese to Malaysian to Thai.
The baked Portuguese chicken ($10.99) has influences from Macau, a hearty dish of breaded, boneless chicken in a creamy sauce, with hints of lemon, cheese and coconut, over rice.
You’ll find yourself spooning bowl after bowl of this.
A heaping plate of duck fried noodles ($10.95) is enough for two people plus leftovers.
Savoury shredded duck meat is mixed with meaty shiitake mushrooms and bits of red peppers and Chinese greens.
A neat bonus is the ability to order dim sum from Forbidden City, the adjacent Chinese restaurant.
Rice crepe wrapped around a Chinese donut ($5.50), drizzled with hoisin and peanut sauces, is always a treat.
Things with drinks
Have munchies with drinks at Spur Gastropub (351 4th Ave. S.W.), where bison dry ribs are $5/lb. every Thursday (2-7 p.m.) and oysters are 25 cents each every Friday til 7 p.m.
Pebble Street good for stomach, wallet