Dragon’s Lair Burger Company

Has your mouth ever started to water as you got a whiff of a delicious burger? Have you ever become really hungry after seeing the wonderful site of a hamburger? Do you know the feeling of burger juices oozing onto your fingers as you take your first bite? Have you ever gotten excited after hearing of a new burger place you just have to try? Most importantly do you know what an amazing hamburger truly tastes like? If your answer was yes, then Dragon’s Lair is the place you have to visit.

The Interior

Their restaurant is located in Westbrook Mall, unfortunately this is a mall that time has forgotten. This mall is extremely dated, with only a few real stores in it. Dragon’s Lair is located in the food court which is not really big. Seating is very limited, we just happened to go to the mall on Easter weekend and they had a petting zoo in the mall. Which in turn has a hundred-people standing in line with their kids. The food court is full of people who have taken up seats and not eating a thing. Dragon’s Lair was extremely busy. The line was about 10 deep when we got in line and stayed pretty much like that until we left. Nevertheless, Dragon’s Lair is worth the trip.

The Food

We ordered a couple of ¼ lb burgers, with fries and onion rings. I ordered the ½ lb burger and an order of onion rings. Mine was built from a blank canvas, where I added cheddar cheese, lettuce, onion, mustard and spicy chipotle mayo. After I got my burger I realized that I should have added bacon, next time I will not forget. The patties were cooked nicely and the burger was kept simple, but full of flavour. The bun was soft and the bun to meat ratio was well balanced with all the fillings, making the burger very easy to eat, before I knew it, it was all gone. As my daughter would say, “sad face”.

First off, I want to say that these burgers were excellent. You have your choice of many vegetables to put on to your burger. They have house made relishes and a huge assortment of sauces to put on your burger as well. They also offered sautéed mushrooms and onions. The only downside, their French fries should be fresh cut.

Dragon’s Lair has been recognized at the Alberta Burger fest with numerous wins. I do plan on going back to try the Dragon’s Lair burger, it is a $21.00 behemoth that I would like to try and take down.

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The Drinks

They offer an assortment of fountain drinks, milkshakes and an assortment of bottled beverages. While we were there, I did see lots of people ordering milkshakes.

 

The Service

This is a mom and pop run place and the service shows. Right from the lady at the till taking the orders to the guys making your burger, everyone was friendly, very helpful and very accommodating.

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Parking

Its mall parking, what else can I say?

 

Last words

If I were you, I would go for a drive to Westbrook Mall and have yourself a burger at Dragon’s Lair. Food and service is outstanding. I truly believe this place could support a stand-alone restaurant. I can’t wait until our next visit.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Muze Coffeehouse

 

On Saturday morning, I was scoping out Instagram and came across a picture of a very colorful coffee shop. When I saw that it was a local shop in Calgary, I was thrilled and knew we needed to go.

We decided to check out The Muze Coffeehouse, which is located in Chinatown.

A coffee shop and bakery in the basement must provide wonderful smells in the rest of the building. I knew as soon as we walked in, the smell of freshly baked goods hits you right in the face. Oh, what a smell, it is intoxicating.  What’s crazy is there appears to be no empty business spaces in Chinatown, every space has a business in it, and this makes for a very colourful, beautiful neighbourhood.


The Interior

The shop is located in the basement of the building but with very large windows at street level, you don’t feel that you are below street level. The interior is very bright and colorful. The interior is what I found most interesting.

The shop itself is not very big and seats about 10-15 people. While we were there, lots of people were coming in to pick up baked goods and then leaving.

They also have some cool artwork on the walls.

 

The Drinks

The drinks we ordered were as follows; my wife ordered the Chai Tea Latte, my daughter ordered a London Fog and I ordered Vanilla Latte. They serve Rosso coffee.

The Vanilla Latte had better flavour than the one that I had purchased at Rosso recently.

My wife’s Chai Tea Latte was pretty good, I really think that my wife should stop ordering these as I really don’t think she enjoys them anymore. She had a bad experience at a shop that has recently shut down.

My daughter said that her London Fog was the best she had ever had and was extremely delicious. She believes that the tea was brewed first and then the milk was slowly added so that the flavours were heightened. We believe they used evaporated milk to make it very creamy. I really believe that my daughter will not have a London Fog anywhere else now. We have friends that have said that this is a traditional way of making a Milk Tea, and I have to say that the traditional way is the only way.

 

The Food

The Muze Coffeehouse has partnered up with Jing Jing Bakery. The bakery has been around for 30+years, and I can see why.

While I was looking around the shop I only seen two ovens in the back. These ovens had to be working overtime because as we were sitting there, tray after tray of fresh baked goods were rolling out of the back. The guy that was bringing out the trays was explaining to us what was on each tray, and then telling us which were his favorites. Some of his favorites are now our favorites. One thing I can say is everything we purchased that day was very delicious and very reasonably priced.

I know I am going to get this wrong but we had ordered a couple of coconut buns, a raisin twisty bread and lastly we bought a loaf of their round raisin bread. I enjoyed this toasted with some butter since that was the way they told me to eat this.

When we visit next time, we are definitely trying the Egg Tarts, since everyone we have talked to said that they are amazing and there is nothing else like them.

The Service

There were numerous people working the day we were in the shop and everyone was very friendly and helpful. I did have a chat with one of the owners and he was extremely friendly and a pleasure to talk with. We talked about the vision in getting this shop up and running. We discussed Jing Jing Bakery going into retirement and then coming out to partner with The Muze Coffeehouse.

 

The Hours

The Muze Coffeehouse is open during the Tuesday through Friday 7:00am until 6:30pm, Saturday’s 8:00am until 6:30pm and on Sunday’s they are open 8:00am until 5:30pm, and unfortunately they are closed on Monday’s. I do wish they were open later during the week as it would be a great place to stop by after dinner and have a coffee and dessert.

 

Parking

Welcome to parking in downtown Calgary, it is street parking and it is at a premium. We ended up parking about a block away and walking a couple minutes.