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Epicurious Gardens - Another day, another chicken

rworange | Mar 23, 200607:11 PM     6

Yeah, I'd give EG a week at least to settle in. The attention is not being paid to the food, but more toward setting up the restaurants.

The Moroccan spiced chicken boxed lunch at Taste so amazed me with it's wonderfulness that I thought I'd spend the $11 for half of the Meyer lemon, garlic and rosemary chicken. I won't be spending $21 on a whole chicken here.

The wine permits arrived, so people were bustling around setting up the wine bar. I got a barly rotissed chicken that was still pink around the bones and rubbery. No matter how pre-occupied everyone is, this was inexcusable. Way down on the bottom of my roast chicken list ... maybe under supermarket chicken.

Even if it had been cooked perfectly, I got enough of a feel for the spicing not to crave it. On my list no where in the class of Roli-roti or Lola's. Geez, the chicken leg in the $2 bahn mi at Yucatasia outclassed this chicken.

That being said, the Moroccan bird I'd recommend and urge anyone to try. Just one of the best take-out lunches ever.

I tried the spicy, smokey potatoes with aioli ($4.50). Tasty enough, but barely spicy and the smoky part was MIA. Nice sweet yukon golds though. The aili was very good, thick, eggy and decadant.

The slaw was so wonderful that I ordered the fennel, arugula & Blood Orange salad with cured olives, pinenuts and mint ($6).

Not enough blood orange, two little slices. The olives were the stand-out, smoky and rich, but there were only a few measly pieces. This is what really ticked me off, the arugula was not fresh. It was slightly wilted with a few yellow leaves. This would have been an outstanding salad with intriguing taste - the mint contrasting the sour arugula smoky olives and toasted pinenuts ... but it was poorly put together.

Having snagged a 30 minute meter in front of the post office, I went up to check out Imperial Tea. They are still in the process of setting up, but I nominate them for the worst egg rolls I have ever had in my life surpassing even the greasiest 10 for $1 steam tray egg rolls.

THEY TRIED TO MAKE THEM HEALTHY ... they ... baked ... them ... and stuffed them with pieces of dry white meat chicken. Did they stop there? Oh no. It came with a little container of watery pink 'sauce' that did nothing but make the egg rolls soggy, just to up the inedible factor.

I'll give Imperial Tea a few months to get it together.

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