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Ferillo - Chowfind - Fish

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Ferillo - Chowfind - Fish

Vinnie Vidimangi | Aug 5, 2005 09:31 PM

Ferillo
924 College St
416-840-1144

Lunch anyway. Haven't tried supper yet.

I saw Ferillo when we went to Cataplana for Summerlicious. Didn't try it because I knew that Cataplana would be good and there was no point in trying something unknown. Cataplana is still running it's Summerlicious menu (lunch anyway, ask about dinner) but tried Ferillo anyway; I was motivated by the snarky response to a prior Chowhounds post touting the place. Nevertheless we almost went back to Cataplana once we were there, but are happy that we stayed.

"Ferillo" is the combination of the owners' names, Fernando (Salinas) and (Walter) Murillo. You'd never guess that Walter was a chef at Joso before. Not a breast in sight either in decor or on the menu. That's OK by me. I much prefer chick end duck legs to breast, and I love the heel of the bread.

Anyway what had attracted me initially was the lunch prix fixe on the sandwich board outside: soup or salad, whole grilled fish, and dessert all for $20.

That's what we had. The meals were delicious. Walter's style of cooking is to let the food speak for itself; it doesn't; it sings; nice cooking but no frou-frou embellishment; no list of ingredients chosen for ear appeal with their provenance recited by the waiter.

The soup was a fish soup, whitefish in a broth lightly coloured with tomato, with firm rice and flavoured with pepper(spice). A very good fish soup if you like fish soup which I do.

The salad was a slivered romaine with bits of feta, sliced tomato, a nice dressing. Good and what a relief from mesculan crap.

The fish was a choice, white snapper or dorado. We chose the dorado. Beautifully grilled, tasty but refined in flavouring and grilling, highly skilled. Fresh and delicious.
The sides were a dish of yellow potatoes boiled and treated and a dish of very lightly marinated warm red peppers, on the other half of the dish were lighly marinated and sauteed button mushrooms. Again tasty but refined; delicious.

Dessert was a quite all right tiramisu, but this dessert is getting to be a bore.

Excellent coffee.

I must mention the wine. We had the house wine, a Spanish red, $7.95. Very good by itself; a smouldering toreador on the palate, and went beautifully with the cooking. The wine list is drawn from a number of countries, with several from Spain. The most expensive wine is $52, a New Zealand Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc; most wines are $32-36. If the wine list is chosen as well as the house red there are some real treats there at prices low enough that drinking wine can be thought of as a normal thing to do. And I wouldn't mind paying the mark up; I am paying for the skill in selection.

Ferillo is newly opened and the lunch special must be promotional. I don't know know how long the lunch special will last; it is to good for the money. But in the meantime, Bow Wow Wow!

VVM

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