1131 Alness St , NE corner Steeles and Alness
Georgian. Soul food but, no, not from the Georgia of watermelons and chitlins.
Ten dollar set lunch.
Three small rolls, ramekins of butter, tomato sauce, crushed chili pepper, then chopped salad, chicken noodle soup (like wow, man!), chicken meat balls on a bed of mashed potatoes.
I have had a series of losing adventures, then came Suliko.
As if I got invited to someone's home and the mother made lunch, and made it with love. Everything, everything, was delicious.
Forget about what you think of Russian cooking. There is no salt attack here,
no wallowing in fat, no clumsiness anywhere. But you do have to like dill, and it was fresh dill. How do I describe the food quickly? Slavic -European ingredients and dishes, refined a Lebanese aesthetic complete with the use of lots of herbs and spices, which of course differ, a French standard of quality. I know, I know, what do I know that I can opine on four cuisines? But I want to say something quickly as I wait in my parked car. In any event, everything was good and delicious and you have lunch there and decide to what you want to compare the food.
Not only delicious and interesting but also generous portions. A $20 meal- for- the- day at lunch for $10 if they added a coffee, and I am cheap.
The mains and soup change daily. There is a choice between two mains. Monday to Friday lunch I think, call and find out.
I've got Georgia on my mind and can't wait until tomorrow's lunch.
One of my favourite cookbook reads is Paula Wolfert, The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean. There is a big section on Georgian cooking. Fruit, nuts, herbs and spices. Try it, you will like it.