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Chow Find- Soul Food

Vinnie Vidimangi | Jul 30, 2005 01:05 PM

Soul Food
582 Landsdowne, corner of Paton
Ample off street parking
Closed Sunday, Monday
Good patios in front and back for self polluters
Fully licensed
647-438-9730

"Soul Food" is a misnomer for the cooking, to me at least. I associate the term with Afro-American cooking originating in the South. Here the cooking is Caribean, from St. Lucia. Another inaccuracy is that Jamaican cooking is representative of all cooking from English speaking islands. In my experience which is limited but does include the famous here, Jamaican cooking is to Soul St Lucian cooking what vinegar is to wine.

St Lucia culture includes African, French, English and Indian influences and together they make for a very pleasant and tasty cuisine, if Soul Food is indicative. I would like to think that the French lost the island in war but kept the kitchens. The chef-owner seems to be a nice, gentle sort (wearing a Haille Selassie medallion), which probably helps.

Had ice cream for dessert. It is Maypole Extravaganza and to my taste a lot better than Baskin-Robbins. The chocolate and French vanilla are particullarly recommended.

Everything that we have had has been very good, and cheap. I would bring someone from France with out any reservations, but do call ahead to assure that they haven't run out of food, which happens.

We have had the jerk chicken ($6.99), beef ribs ($10.99), and salmon (puportedly wild, $12.99).
The plate includes, rice and beans, fried plantain, doughnut ball and a bit of very nice vegetable stew which serves the same purpose as a chutney.

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