Monday, September 5, 2011

Restaurant Review - Donut House

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I am sad to report I haven't been cooking much. And I've been taking photographs even less. Unless you count pictures of empty apartments I've been clicking to come home and show my busy husband. We've seen some houses we love, many we hated, and even came close to settling for one that was convenient but not that great. But nothing clicked, and we're still looking. Thanks to all those who sent emails, left comments and sent me wishes and prayers. I am grateful for every single one of you! I can't wait to get back into the blogging routine, but I expect that won't happen for a few more months. I miss you all, and your lovely blogs SO much. Just can't wait to get back to it.

Our wedding anniversary was on the 3rd of September. It was another day of house hunting and the usual madness. No time to celebrate. I hope we get a chance to do something special later this week. I did bake my husband's favorite cake, but didn't have time to get pictures. Sigh! I promise to put up a recipe post this week. Honest! 

I did get to do something fun this week - another restaurant review! Well, not really a restaurant, it was a donut/coffee shop, but it was nice to meet with fellow foodies, unwind & chat about everything food related over some yummies, and have a few laughs. I really enjoyed it!

We got to review Donut House. I am a huge fan of doughnuts! If you have read the doughnut posts on my blog, you know I generally make my own doughnuts. The reason for that is simple - no outlet in our city has never impressed me with its doughnut offerings. I know my fellow doughnut afficianados will agree. 

To be very honest, this was not the first time I sampled a Donut House doughnut. You see, someone brought me a doggie bag from Donut House a few months ago, and it just confirmed to me that I was right. Doughnuts in our city are really bad. And so, when I was invited to do this review, I knew that I was going to hate the place. I decided that my review would be quite unkind.

I am so glad I get to eat my words, and their doughnuts!
I obviously didn't sample every single doughnut they made, but I would like to mention my favorites, and the ones that didn't work for me.

My top two were The Italian Herb, the only savory doughnut on the menu, 
and this one with a coffee glaze and roasted almond.
The cheesy savory doughnut was a welcome change from the sugar overload, and my only suggestion to improve it would be to use better quality cheese. And the slight bitter notes from the toasted almonds in the coffee almond doughnut were just the perfect topping for me! I could eat a whole box full of these two doughnuts.

The other ones I liked were the classic sugar dusted doughnut, and the cinnamon sugar dusted one.
If you know me, you know I am not a huge fan of chocolate, and I found every chocolate one I sampled to be too sweet, but the one called "The Alien" seemed to be a favorite among the others. I guess my sweet tooth isn't sweet enough.

I thought the Blueberry filled doughnut was way too sweet as well, but the one with the Strawberry filling was excellent. I am not generally fond of anything strawberry flavored (I adore fresh strawberries, though!), and I was surprised that I liked this very much.

The plain custard filled doughnut was nice enough, but the same thing with a chocolate coating was too sweet for me. (Gosh! I must sound like a chocolate hater!!! I'm not. Really.)
Apart from the wide spread of doughnuts we also sampled sandwiches, oatmeal porridge (it was a late breakfast/early lunch for some of the reviewers), and some hot and cold beverages.

The sandwiches feedback ranged from 'average' to 'disappointing' from what I overheard. I didn't taste any of them because they didn't look appealing to me.
I loved the color of this drink, but after one sip, I changed my mind. It was some watermelon based thing, and did not taste pretty. It was pretty awful. Do not get this drink!
The live kitchen was nice to watch, and I loved watching the doughnuts being fried and glazed. 
Overall, I think Donut House is doing a good job in a city that doesn't have many decent doughnut options. I don't know why I got that bad batch a few months ago, but I can only hope the quality that I tasted at the review remains consistent. 

See you all later this week with a recipe post! Thanks again for being such a great support! Hugs!!!
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Kimby said...

House hunting is such an ordeal.  Hope you find "the" one soon!  Off to check your donut recipes now...

Ann said...

What a fun review - I really like that you were honest with your opinions, too.  I've never seen a savory donut before!  House hunting can be really soon as you find the right one, things will settle out.  In the mean time, we'll be here when you get back!

Amanda . said...

I feel like such  a jerk now about the KKD incident from my Malaysia return. 
Honestly - 'The Donut House' is a complete disappointment. I don't think I will be going there again. 
Your sugar glaze donuts are hands-down the best I've ever eaten in this country, and all I'll ever need without Krispy Kreme opening in India!  

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Hi Marsha!  It seems like you have been looking for many houses already.  Be patient, there will be a house that is meant for you!  Hang in there!  I've never tried savory one or didn't even know such thing exists!  Good luck with your house hunt Marsha!

Roxana GreenGirl said...

Hi Marsha,
I keep my fingers crossed soon you'll tell us you found the house that felt like "home" for you.
I'm not a store-bought donut fan, i find them way too sweet for my sweet tooth, and oh boy, i have a sweet tooth!
I'm so intrigued by the savory one, already ideas are spinning in my head! Thanks for sharing :)

Kitchen Belleicious said...

I like the idea of a savory donut. Never thought of that before but it sounds fantastic. I would take any of those donuts right now. They all look great! Wonderful review and we miss you too and will be here when you get back. Good luck on the house hunting. you will find a place. I know it

Michael Ann Riley said...

Hi. I'm a new follower and found you on Twitter. What a fun blog! I have a baking recipe blog if you'd like to visit!

Jackie Hale said...

Happy Anniversary and yes, you are missed but totally understandable. Sometimes blogging has to take a back seat to other more important situations.. Just know you are missed and thought about on a regular basis...J

Mary said...

Good luck wih the house hunting! the donuts look delicious!

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