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James's Gate/Gargoyles

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James's Gate/Gargoyles

Joanie | May 18, 2006 07:12 AM

Had the fish n chips we were talking about in the previous thread and I wasn't overly psyched with it. I had the sandwich, friend had the plate and both were fried EXTREMELY lightly and had little flavor. I thought maybe it was just me cuz I'm sick but he agreed and we kept adding more tartare sauce and salt to liven things up (should have gone for spicy Cambodian instead but shoulda/woulda/coulda). Plus when I bit into the sandwich, it fell apart. I don't like overly fried, dark batter, but this was the opposite extreme and didn't look like I remember previously. Fries were good, price was right ($8 and $11) but not a raging success. Pub side was pretty busy, quiet on the dining room side. You order at the bar and someone delivers the food in the pub.

Went to Gargoyle's for the first time since the chef change and I chose an odd dish that tasted okay but I'd never pick again and it's just a weird menu item. Steak & cheese chicken I think was the name. A chicken breast with a coating of a flavorful cheese then steak. Half the reason I chose it was cuz of the sides: English muffin, hash browns, fiddleheads. The breast was served on the muffin, unlike most English muffins. Hash browns weren't real western style hash browns, fiddleheads were good. It was fine but not the best choice. Other things at the table were salmon, duck (great), fried softshell crab (tasty), steak, and burger (very good). Martinis are served in giant glasses but again, my choice of the "big girl" ended up being not so good a combination of flavors (vodka/chambourd/lime I think). Service in the bar area for a party of 8 was good. They accommodated us nicely after we found East Coast closed due to a power outage and getting some attitude at the Blue Room. Oh well, will choose better next time.

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