161 Harbord St (Harbord & Bathurst)
a good 3-4 years ago, i came across a restaurant directory w/ a very peculiar "peruvian" category .. what was that, per-wha? it's cuisine from Peru .. so i made an outting of it w/ some friends, and the food was fantastic .. lots of spice but also lots of flavour .. the place hadn't fallen off my radar, but i never had an opportunity to go back ..
fast forward to summerlicious 2005.
"Boulevard Cafe ----- $15 lunch. $20 dinner." i was there.
located down in the annex, on harbord just east of bathurst .. no big signs outside, very low-key .. for summerlicious, they've opened up the patio ..
moni started with Choros Tropicales - mussels on the half shell topped with a spicy mango, jalapeno salsa .. taaaaasty!! the sweetness of the mango intially send your tastebuds buzzing .. then the tiny hint of spice .. followed by the fresh taste of the mussel trailing in ..
i had the Tamal Verde - this tamale uses corn mixed with cilantro, infusing the corn meal with flavour & a tiny hint of spice, with an additional subtle layer of aroma from the banana leaf ..
moni's main was the Escabeche de Pescado - the grilled tilapia was very fresh, & cooked through but tender .. the red pepper, onion & balsamic reduction provided a sweet & tart balance, without overpowering the tilapia .. the yucca fries, while meagre (3-4 fries), was a nice alternative to boring old roasted potatoes ..
my main was the Lomito a la Pimienta - the pork tenderloin was grilled, resulting in some toughness & dryness around the sides .. while i liked the peppercorn sauce, moni found it overpowering .. the parsley-chive mash was nicely herbed, and went very well with a touch of the peppercorn sauce ..
the yellow steamed/grilled veggie was overwhelmingly bitter .. otherwise, the texture of the veggies were nice .. firm but cooked, retaining their juiciness ..
moni finished her meal with the Key Lime Pie - intensely tart & sweet, each bite a blast on the palate ..
i wrapped up with the Creme Caramel .. the caramel top was so smooth, i could see my own reflection .. the creme was very light in flavour, balancing w/ the a robust caramel ..
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