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Vinnie Vidimangi | Jul 29, 2012 10:56 AM

Centro opened in the mid 1980's with great fanfare. I never went. Free parking is impossible in their neighbourhood. Today I saw a coupon, $59 for $140, Monday to Friday, $120 on the weekend.. So I thought, what the heck, maybe I'll spring for parking. Then I looked at the menu, extracts below.

Summer Vegetable Salad

beet stained poached egg, carrot puree

fried taro and beet chips


Rainbow Trout

Quinoa, pearl barley, beet, olive

cherry tomato with brown butter-yogurt


Striped Bass

Confit artichoke, crushed potato, aspiration

lemongrass ginder beurre blanc


Like, trout is $5.00 a lb whole. The whole plate has less than $2.50 worth of ingredients. I thought , what do they do to the fish to have it cost so much?

Then I saw below that vegetables are extra- $8 a side.

Potato Gratin | 8

Broccolini | 8

Fingerling potatoes | 8

Sauteed swiss chard| 8

They are not even appelation controlled organic, albeit they are comfort food.. I gasped- literally- in wonder and surprise that they were extra and at the price. And this was before I even thought of tax and tip. (According to the group menu, I am expected to tip 18% pre-tax.)

I did see in their group menu #1 that the lettuce presentation has been hand picked.

What gives? Is it simply that I have had a Rip van Winkle experience and this is how it is now- a -days?

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