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The Gerrard Square thread

redcoconut | Oct 22, 2007 05:38 PM

Someone else talked about this, so I'm gonna' start it up'.

Hopefully there will be more than a few opinions posted. Here are mine:

El Greeko
The owner's a bit of a cheapo. He got rid of the Tabbouleh because he is too lazy to make it, and complains that too many people wanted it and apparently it was only supposed to come with the Vegetarian Plate, which was good for the price until he got rid of the Tabbouleh, It's not really worth it anymore. Said he was losing money giving people tabbouleh on the other plates, which I find hard to believe. The shwarma sucks, it's dry. Roast potatoes have a strange taste as if there was a bunch of cinnamon added to it. Don't like the rice either, it also has an odd flavour IMO. The gyro meat has a nice taste to it, good gamy flavour of lamb in it. The souvlaki is ok, but that's nothing special in this area as you can get it just about anywhere. The prices are alright though, and the salad ingredients seems reasonably fresh and good. The falafel itself is decent, but with no tabbouleh what's the point? The only thing I will get there is Gyro, which is also widely available in the area. So there really isn't anything special about El Greeko.

It's a shame because there isn't any good Falafel / tabbouleh in the area. The two places on Queen East are disappointing.

Tropical Joe's
Pretty good for a take out Caribbean in a mall. They are Guyanese style. Potato balls are ok, but skip the Poulories IMO. Maybe I am just used to the Trini style ones. You get a good portion on a chicken roti, roti is fresh and good dhal purie, though I find their curry chicken is too strong and if it wasn't for the fact that they mix the chicken with the milder curried aloo (potato) I wouldn't be able to eat much of it; but mixed together it's decent. Peas and rice are ok, but stay away from the chow mein, it's mush. The fish is usually good and you get a nice size piece. My wife likes their Jerk chicken but I just find it okie dokie. You can get coconut buns for patties, but I've found the only patties that aren't made from scratch that aren't either two much dry pastry, or soggy and/or chewy are the michedean ones. I don't much like their stew chicken, sometimes it is an awful bright colour. I prefer a darker stew chicken, though it has it's good days sometimes. The curry shrimp is pretty good, properly cleaned and unshelled, though you have to ask for it. We never eat Oxtail so I don't know about that.

International Cuisine (formerly Thai Delight)
The Thai place is back in the same spot, but under a different name. The same cook is in the back, and if you ask him he will cook all the same stuff that was on the old menu (my wife used to always get #112 Spicy chili beef with cashews, and ask for it extra hot). This was the best place in the mall for awhile, and in terms of prices still is pretty much. I would say this place is actually really good for a mall takeout (not comparing to places in Asian oriented malls, of course). Only complaint is with the shrimps. I have found this with a lot of Asian places though: they don't always clean the shrimps good (can hardly blame them, it's a pain in the ass) and though I don't mind the shell, I won't tolerate the line of shrimp shit that should ALWAYS be removed.

Asian Gourmet
They charge too much. The bourbon chicken was good the first couple of times, but the last few times I found the meat itself very questionable. It tasted like they must have used some low quality chicken and didn't wash it, as it had that disgusting slimy stuff that should be rinsed off from under the skin of chicken ALWAYS, and fat globs. We threw it in the garbage twice. Orange chicken, BBQ pork, general tsao, etc. are all ok stuff. The noodles are ok. In all the place is nothing special though, and since the Thai place is back what's the point in paying more for food that isn't any better?

A bunch of idiots work there IMO, who never want to give you any white meat, never seem to have enough chicken to fill any orders of family meals, and have constantly forgotten to give me something almost every time (such as gravy, salad, or whatever) and unfortunately I usually don't discover until I'm already home. So if you get anything from there check to make sure you get all your items.

No complaints, but I never eat it, just my wife does.

So there it is. ;-)

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