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Quick Reviews: Richmond Station & Shwarama Empire

evansl | Mar 9, 201605:48 AM

*Richmond station

In one word: mediocre. C-

First course - fried chicken (Mc)nuggets. Slightly maple flavored and served with the tiniest drabs of lemon aioli, which I'm sure would have been good if they had actually given us a enough to get a real taste. It was good, but then it's hard to ruin fried chicken.

My main: coq au vin. I order this dish a lot, but RS's version was well below average. Kind of muddy taste without much real flavor. The chicken itself was stringy.

Wife's main: lamb. She found it chewy and underwhelming. Second rate compared to a similar dish she recently had at La Select, a restaurant we both liked far better.

Other problems. The menu is very small, so you have little very choice. I also found the service annoying. The waitress comes over and puts her hand on my back when taking my order. Restaurants need to tell the waitstaff that not all of their customers are 25 years and looking for a best friend. Her general demeanor suggested recent heavy doses of speed.

I can't fathom how this place gets its glowing reviews.

Shawarma Empire

On the other hand, we ventured out to the depths of Scarborough to Shwarama Empire. We had chicken and beef Shwarama sandwiches, which were superb. I'd favor the chicken over beef, since the flavor comes through a bit better in the milder chicken filling. Finally, a place that lives up to its hype. See, I do like some things. Unfortunately good stuff is very hard to find.

It is also interesting that we had good luck recently at a Thai place on Victoria Park. I'm beginning to see a trend here. Despite the downtowner's snobbery, the good stuff in Toronto is in the hinterlands where they've never heard the words "fusion", "tapas" or "artisan" and don't feel the need to keep the sound level at 140 db.

Shawarma Empire
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