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Segar on a coupon -Bayview

Vinnie Vidimangi | Aug 27, 2011 09:23 AM

Segar
1658 Bayview
416-485- 1568

All in all , quite good and you can do much worse.

Segar salad, (an unconstructed Caesar salad variation) edamame and shiitake salad, simple veg linguini with feta, banana cake with maple ice cream, mille feuilles crackers topped with custard and blueberries. $43.50 before tax and tip and coupon.

I went with some trepidation. I don't like Indian cooking at all. The chef is Sri Lanka and advertises himself as offering spice road cooking. But there is next to nothing that is Indian on the menu. The sub-continental flavouring where it exists is so subtle that even I liked it.

The chef has lots of talent . He cooks with a light and refined touch. Everything was very nice and consistently so. The linguini noodles (on the menu as "simple linguini") were cooked perfectly al dente and were the best of any that I can remember.

My complaint is that the lightness of touch extended to putting in not enough of any ingredient that is expensive. At least to my taste. After a while it got on my nerves. Lets start with my my starter , the Segar salad, $9. A third ( half?) of a romaine lettuce heart "bigged it up" on a flat plate, garnished with a half hard boiled smaller egg, a small single strip of anchovy, a few scrapings of parmesan and some dressing. For $5, maybe, but not for $9, and why make this a signature dish?

On the other hand The $5 desserts were perfect if after a larger meal.

I had wanted the salmon, wild ,Irish , organic , $20. The couple behind me at the door that I let ahead of me got the last order. I saw this nugget of fish perched on lots of orzo. I asked how it was. The response was"delicious". I questioned the small amount of salmon. I got back a smile, and was told that it was enough. Perhaps I just like cooking that is less restrained, even when I am trying to lose weight.

But everything that I had was very good within the aesthetic.

VVM

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Segar
1568 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

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