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RThe Bank, Lilette, Mango House, The Kitchen, Village BBQ, Juans

batterdip | Jun 6, 200509:10 AM

Busy weekend.

Village BBQ: Rampart. Worst name for an "indo-pak" restaurant, but someone explained that this name is actually relatively authentic. The food was decent. I came in at noon, and left after one. I was the only customer. They were out of samosas, but the pakoras were good, not over fried. Main course was "eggplant chutney" which was essentially Baigan Bharta (Sic) with a Tomato base. Not bad. Garlic Naan was fresh.

Mango House: I just like this place. entrees were plantains and an avocado heart of palm & papaya salad. Main courses were a veggie mix (mango chutney, carribean slaw, other things) and a shrimp dish that was lightly curried. Also not bad. Overall, this is a restaurant I enjoy returning to.

Liletes: Surprisingly this place gets little mention on this board. Always thought it was one of the best in town. Gnochi opener. Always good. Alaskan Cod. Excellent. Great pork belly. Love the purreed sunchokes.

The Kitchen: Near the cemeteries end of the canal street car. Dining room is a back deck that looks over several graves. Wonderful place. Bring your own beer and they'll put it on ice. Good, fresh ingredients. Tostones were soft, topped with cream. Fried fish, curried, to die for. Pepper tacos. Wonderful. good prices.

Tha Bank: We've eaten thee twice, and never a misstep (in the food). Last time we went, I groused about the service and raved about the food. They've fixed the service. IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT FOOD, GO SEE WHAT THIS CHEF IS DOING. Daniel Esses. He knows his stuff. You should know his name. From the refreshing gazpacho, to the crab meat and creole tomatoes salad, and the manchego and spinach stuffed chicken, the food was uniformaly excellent. You have to try thisplace.

Juans was Juans. Reliable, predictable, enjoyable. The shrimop and bacon quesadilla works.

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