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The Left Handed Cook

kevin47 | May 21, 2012 04:48 PM

Decided to swing by and try the The Left Handed Cook, which has taken over the old La Sirena Gorda space in Midtown Global. The space is nice, with a small table adjacent to the service counter. Alas, the table was full.

I ordered the 21 spice fried chicken dish, which came with rice and a choice of side. Lot's of choices on the menu, but I went with charred brussels sprouts, and added a side of the asparagus with poached egg.

The meal started with an amuse of spicy/sweet popcorn. A nice touch, and a good introduction to their playful spice blends.

The chicken is boneless, and really nicely done. The 21 spice blend gave it a pleasant saltiness, and the moist/crispy blend was spot on. I wanted a bit strong flavors, what with the 21 spices and all, but fans of fried chicken should enjoy this a lot.

Brussels Sprouts were fine. Needed salt, but the fruit and veggie assortment that came with it was spot on.

Really liked the asparagus. The very soft egg melded with a sort of spicy aioli (reminded me of the sauce that came with La Sirena's octupus tacos, actually), with shreds of a hard cheese (pecorino?) folded in.

Prices are a bit above the MGM norm. Expect to spend $12-18 per person (about on par with Sonora in this regard). Service was friendly and prompt. No first-day anxiety that I could detect.

Really enjoyable meal, and yet another tough decision to make when visiting MGM

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