visited Friday July 5, 2013
I've heard several people talking about Work and decided I needed to come to Work myself to see what all the buzz was about. Spending my Friday evening at Work (loving the play on words here) with a girlfriend catching up on travel stories, over delicious food and good drink was just perfect.
Located in James St N with a very unobtrusive awning sign, you may easily walk past this place. No loud music, no big signs and no flashing lights to make you even think there's a restaurant in there. And even upon entering, you might just think its a simple bar to grab a beer, but sit your butt down and get ready to experience some delicious food.
The menu is always rotating, but I suspect they keep some tried and true favourites up on their blackboard menu. The menu has maybe 20 items, but that's just the way I like a restaurant to function. Keep is concise and do it well and you'll have lots of happy customers.
|Rosewood Estate Riesling & Mixed Berry Bellini|
|Avocado Fries $5|
Our food came quite quickly and visually it was all very appealing. We did family style sharing of our three dishes. The avocado fries, (small for $5) was the most interesting concoction I've ever seen. Why did no one think of this genius idea sooner? Well Work has and they do 'em so well. Wedges of avocado breaded and deep fried and served with either a coconut curry or ranch sauce. We went for the ranch sauce, but the fries were good just on their own too. The outer crust was crisp and held the soft avocado inside just right. These were amazing!
|Shrimp Burger w/ pickle mayo & shredded cabbage $8|
And lastly we picked at a rather huge plate of Sriracha and Sesame Pork Nachos with cilantro and sour cream ($11). There was a good helping of melted cheese to bind it all together and we were able to request the spice level to come down just a bit for my girlfriends delicate spice palate. We were actually quite busy chatting most of this meal and by the end thought that the supposed pork chunks were actually chicken. Either way it was a delicious plate of nachos and such a neat combination of flavours. This is bar food elevated and a great plate for sharing.
|Sriracha Sesame & Pork Nachos $11|
The atmosphere is typical James Street North. Very relaxed and casual with some hits of vintage décor in an old building. I really enjoyed the vibe and the unfussy bar scene here, without it ever feeling dirty or grimey. The focus is definitely on the food and drink, which is obviously most important anyway. I'll be back here sooner than later to bring my husband and I'm confident enough to say I'd bring some out of towners looking for good food in a blue collar Hamilton atmosphere.
Food 5*, Value 5*, Service 5*, Décor/Ambiance 4.5*
Work has added yet another stellar downtown food spot to the James Street North community. I hope they continue to build clientele and really get their name out there so they can stay around for a long time. With well prepared food at the right price point you won't be disappointed here.