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another quick trip to Peterborough...but my post is a little long

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another quick trip to Peterborough...but my post is a little long

Harissa | Mar 2, 2006 04:02 PM

I just got back from a short visit to Peterborough, where I enjoyed a greatr lunch at Cosmic Charlie's and a great dinner at the Holiday Inn.

Lunch first: the menu at Cosmic Charlie's has a pan-Asian slant but covers a lot of bases, with everything from pad Thai and butter chicken to green curry monkfish and beef satay. I had "lumpia" -- and with the help of Google, discovered it was a classic Filipino appetizer. As one of the staff at my new favourite store (Tribal Voices) warned, the food is not especially authentic.

Personally, I care less about authenticity and more about flavour. Sooooo, whether it was authentic or not, I ended up with a crepe stuffed with julienned snow peas, red peppers, onions and carrots plus three large shrimp, and the whole thing was topped with a hoisin/soy/star anise drizzle. It was served with a phenomenal salad of romaine, radicchio, whole cashews and mango slivers, dressed with a sesame/miso (?) vinaigrette. The whole thing was $8.95, and while the price was fair, I would have liked more than just three shrimp. Most other menu items are a lot pricier (up to $17 for butter chicken...)

A perfect complement to the lumpia was a frosty pint of Griffon extra pale ale from my all-time favourite Canadian microbrewery, McAuslan ($5.50). The very, very sweet server even let me take the glass home to add to my collection of pint glasses. :)))

As we were staying at the Holiday Inn, and my mother had just had cataract surgery, we had dinner at the restaurant. My spring rolls ($6) were pretty ordinary, I'm afraid, but the Tibetan chef who prepared them came out to say hi, and she was totally delightful. My mum then had sole stuffed with shrimp ($19), which came with julienned veg and steamed jasmine rice -- and it was beautifully prepared! I had locally grown buffalo striploin ($22), which was grilled to perfection (I like my meat very rare), but the outside has to show good grill marks. It came with roasted potatoes, julienned veg and a decadent Jack Daniel's glaze. The meat was extremely lean (as you would expect), but tender and flavourful. And the glaze was great for dunking crusty bread into. :)

As mum prefers white wine, we had a bottle of Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone ($31, retails at the LCBO for $11). It didn't go especially well with my steak, but I felt the red wines by the glass were hugely overpriced ($7/glass from bottles that retail for $10). Anyway, it's a lovely setting right on the river, with ducks and (small) icebergs floating by, and the wait staff are charming. I'd go back without any hesitation.

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