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Peponi's Grill - Review

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Peponi's Grill - Review

Fwagra | May 19, 2005 11:51 AM

Short version: This place is excellent. They do Indian food, mixed with East African and Portuguese accents. I believe it is the food of the Ismaili Indian muslims who went to Uganda and Kenya, only to be kicked out by Idi Amin when they became too successful.

Long version: Three of us went last night. We were welcomed by the chef-owner who is very friendly, contrary to what some posters have said on this board. Anyhow, he was very nice to us. He made suggestions, but was not overbearing about it. His suggestions were excellent. The food he did not suggest was equally excellent. Portions were adequate. My only criticism is that many dishes are served with superfluous french fries or salad. No need.

We sat down and were immediately presented with 3 sauces: A green chili and coconut chutney, a tamarind sauce, and a cayenne pepper sauce. The owner explained all of them on request, as it was not immediately obvious what they were. Each sauce was different and delicious. The green chili was very hot; the cayenne less so but had a very nice flavour of its own. The tamarind was sweet, and provided a nice balance.

We started with vegetable samosas. Very nice. Intricately spiced and filled mostly with potatoes and peas. The wrapping was not to thick, and they were packed tight and plump. Fresh too.

We had "mogo" which are cassava root wedge fries dusted with spicy cayenne seasoning. Good dipped in the sauces.

Potato bhajias were very good, delicate and fresh. Perhaps overkill on the starch by now.

We then moved on to Chicken Meshkeki, which was a nice rich chiken tikka curry. The meat pieces were beautiful, chicken breast tenderized only by the wonderfully detailed red sauce. We ordered prawns; but they were served in the same sauce. This was a mistake, I suppose, but the sauce was so good, it didn't bother us to have 2 dishes that featured it.

Then, the owner recommended the ribs. I had my doubts. Surely this place could not make good ribs. I've had the ribs from Camp 31 at the ribfest. But, they were wonderful. They were beef short ribs, heavily marinated in a citrusy-soy sauce. They were really good. No unwelcome gristle or fatty pieces.

I ended the meal with a chai. Perfect. They were out of kulfi, unfortunately.

In summary, I highly recommend this place. I would go back. In fact, I am going back tomorrow. It's that good.

If anyone goes there, I would be interested in your impressions.

LOCATION: It's on Gordon Baker Road near the interseciton of McNicoll and Victoria Park.

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