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February Favourites and Flops

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February Favourites and Flops

Food Tourist | Feb 17, 2006 01:15 PM

Favourites:

- Truffles' chocolate-inspired 5 course tasting menu for $85 on Feb. 4 - went for the 'licious but abandoned that plan upon arrival and never looked back! Still salivating over the dark chocolate ravioli stuffed with smoked mushrooms. Service was so good that even though my friend only ordered a main course and a dessert, they brought him something to eat every time I had a course. The $24 dessert wine was the only glitch - I should have ordered the $45 wine pairing package for better value.

- Julie's Cuban tostones with picadillo ($7) were filling enough for a light meal though not as spicy as hoped. Plaintains and rice/beans accompanying a so-so flattened steak were pleasing.

- Bright Pearl's heavenly snow pea leaves with oyster sauce - best Chinese greens ever!

- El Plebeyo's mountain of mixed ceviche for $18 (despite semi-frozen sweet potato and missing corn) and traditional bitter egg white aperitif cocktail ($7).

- Fish sticks (ask for pepper sauce to spice them up)from the Kensington Market Jamaican/Trini place. Didn't attempt the $1.50 kept-warm doubles.

- Doubles from T&T on Gerard St. East - smaller than Drupati's but delicious nonetheless for $1.

Flops:

- Bright Pearl dimsum (even though it's only $1.68 a plate during happy hour)

- Chocolate Addict in Kensington Market creates too-strongly flavoured truffles (most $1.50) such as curry, lemongrass, and $2 mango/lime (which contained an unexpected orange-coloured centre). Made me yearn for the balanced flavours of Soma. Salesperson had no idea which chocolates were fair-trade as advertised on the door.

- Curry Twist take-out provided too-small portions of pulao rice* and ho-hum butter chicken; Wonderbread-inspired naan; and too-spiced black lentils and saag paneer. Saag was lacking in spinach and was gravy-like, although luckily there were more cubes of paneer than expected. *(Am I the only person who hates biting into endless cardamom pods?)

- Wingporium hot garlic parmesan, simply hot, and hot & honey garlic wings (5 pounds for almost $40) gave me the desire to give up on chowhounding and just stick to everyone else on this board's tried-and-true advice!

- Julie's cuban flat steak was dry and uninspired and the mojito was disappointing.

- Flow winterlicious menu's red snapper was dry, of course, and the side of rice seemed out of place. The waiter managed to take advantage of our large group to open lots of bottled water and wine.

- Club 22 at Windsor Arms has amazing live music on Friday nights but the raspberry martini reminded us of cough syrup.

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