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Black Trumpet (and Barakat's for lunch) - London, ON

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Black Trumpet (and Barakat's for lunch) - London, ON

Nab | May 22, 2003 02:51 PM

Went to this place last weekend for my sister's graduation. Looks very small and almost covert from the exterior, but inside is quite spacious with a somewhat open design and very nice decor. We were fortunate to be seated right by a window which looked into the kitchen where the action was.

For apps, my sister decided to order sushi (which I thought was blasphemous) since my folks have never experienced it. I think it was a cali roll that was done tempura style, and was just ok. Pops liked it, Mama duke pretended like she did. Maybe she needs to try real sushi. The other app was a chicken satay which was pretty bland, so I used a big ol lump of wasabi & hoisin sauce from the sushi to add some flavor. Not bad.

I had the rib-eye which was supposed to be rubbed Southwestern style, but I didn't really notice any of that. It was loaded pretty good with some mushrooms that had some nice flavor, and the steak was done just perfect. Sides of asparagus and mashed taters. Sides were excellent but, unfortunately, they did the whole pile-up thing (steak on top of sides) which I'm not a big fan of.

Sis had a crusted pan-seared tuna which was excellent. I wish I had snagged more of her dish actually. Don't recall her sides (too focused on my own meal).

Mama dukes had a roasted chicken dish, which I didn't try since I wanted to see her finish the entire dish (a rare occurrence with her) -- I was a proud son. It must have been good, since she finished it all.

Pops had a veal chop which was pretty good, but nothing memorable. Don't recall his sides either.

All in all, not a bad place. Very few complaints from me, and the price wasn't too bad either (total came to ~ $150), but then again, I didn't pay for it.

The next day, we went to Barakat's for lunch after the convocation. This Lebanese (?) place is actually just down the road from Black Trumpet. I've been here a few times and have had good shwaramas as well as falafels. That day, I decided to opt for the kafta kabob pita which was great. The spices in the kabobs were nice & bold, and with the hot sauce I actually didn't require any additional fixins. My only beef (sorry for the pun) with this place is that they don't have any lamb.

I think I'll miss visiting my sister in London, because there are some decent eats there.

Black Trumpet
523 Richmond Street
London, Ontario N6A 3E8
Phone: 519-850-1500
Fax: 519-438-3409

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