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Reviews: Gandhi, Sky Dragon, New Bilan, Gio Rana, La Paloma

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Reviews: Gandhi, Sky Dragon, New Bilan, Gio Rana, La Paloma

Food Tourist | May 25, 2006 11:38 PM

I've been suffering from PMS (Poor Meal Syndrome) a lot
lately. Maybe my taste buds are failing me, or maybe the food in Toronto isn't all it's cracked up to be. Here are some examples:

- Gandhi on Queen St. West. Saag paneer lacked depth of flavour (and was a disturbing shade of brown), wrapped in thin, boring wrap. Ate two bites and gave up. Not sure what all the hype is about.

- Sky Dragon's dim sum is a waste of $35 for two. I wouldn't even return during "happy hour".

- The New Bilan was decent but disappointing. Definitely not worth raving about. At $8 a person for a "combo" platter and goat soup, it's at least good value. I was just hoping for more oomph. The chicken was nicely cooked, in their defense. I was expecting everything to be a little more intensely flavoured.

- La Paloma gelato on St. Clair - other than the pineapple-basil and zabaglione, the flavours generally seemed flat. Greg's and Solferino are much better. La Paloma obviously adds flavouring and colour to bump up the taste (e.g. watermelon). I won't even get into how ridiculous it is to pay $6.25 for a medium serving (3 flavours).

- Gio Rana's Really Really Nice Restaurant - enjoyable overall, and at least the prices are lower than most. Forgetful servers seem more caught up in their own hipness. Rapini ($4.95) was a bit tough. Crispelle ($5.95) is probably the best dish though the squash flavour doesn't come through. $35 for one person including pasta, meat, side, and glass of wine. Things are starting to look up.

- Green Mango on Bloor West - the duck red curry with lychees was actually enjoyable, and the Thai iced tea with strawberries was yummy. I'm not saying it's a chowfind but it was better than expected!

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