Sims Corner serving up a summer menu of delicious $12 lunch options
© Photo special to The Guardian by Bob Gray
Jesslyn MacKinnon is one of the friendly and knowledgeable servers on the patio at Sims Corner Steakhouse and Oyster Bar, which features one of the best values anywhere with a $12 summer lunch menu. The best part? Lunch runs to four p.m.
The crack Summer Savoury team is always on the lookout for a fortuitous juxtaposition of value and great food. And we think we’ve found one for sure.
One of the best deals of the summer can be had right at the corner of Queen and Sydney streets in Charlottetown at a place I don’t usually associate with great prices.
Sims Corner Steakhouse and Oyster Bar is a high-end establishment which I would frequent more often except their price points (trendy phrase for prices) do not often match my wallet points (non-trendy phrase for chronic lack of money).
But Sims now has this wonderful summer menu designed for its Queen Street patio, but which it will also serve inside.
The wonderfulness of this menu is threefold: there is a good selection of really creative dishes; the price is just $12 each and they define lunch as going all the way to four p.m., which I consider downright civilized.
A few days ago, I was lucky enough to be on the Sims’ patio with the famous about-to-be-conquerer-of-Northumberland-Strait Suzanne Nicholson of the UPEI Panther swim team.
The patio itself has nice furnishings, but it basically is simply three parking spaces roped off next to the liquor store. That’s not as bad as it seems, however, as the gorgeous afternoon we were there featured gentle guitar music by one of Charlottetown’s more accomplished street musicians, who had parked himself outside the liquor store.
Out of nowhere a woman strolled past, stopped by the guitarist and began to sing (beautifully) the Beatles songbook to his increasingly jazzy guitar.
People suddenly poured out of the liquor store (catch the pun?) to listen, and an impromptu street party ensued. It was magical.
But back to Sims and the summer menu. For just $12, you can have a steak sandwich, roasted chicken flatbread, a huge chicken club, a smoked meat sandwich, their Islander burger which features sharp Island cheddar and Marty Taylor’s fabulous bacon or a lobster roll. These each come with a choice of Caesar or house-made fries.
Suzanne, however, was in serious training, and went for the teriyaki chicken stir fry, while I had a seafood linguine, featuring shrimp, scallops and mussels in a tangy tomato basil sauce on perfect pasta.
Suzanne’s stir fry featured chicken confit, in which the chicken is cooked in its own fat with all sorts of fancy seasoning, as opposed to the way we do it at our house — just slapping it on the barbecue.
It was served in the teriyaki sauce with onions and red peppers on a big bed of rice.
It was just amazing to me that these great dishes were just $12. Other choices on this summer menu include clams or mussels and frites and a super fancy collection of three tacos - mix and match between braised beef, lobster and duck confit.
For sure, this is one of the best deals around — the food is great, the service is attentive and friendly and the price can’t be beat (prices do not include taxes).
And you never know, a street party might just break out around you.
Each Friday throughout the summer, Bob Gray points readers to quality Prince Edward Island eating establishments in his Summer Savoury column. Suggestions and comments are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @bgray5.