Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My Summerlicious included a visit to Centro Restauarant. I was expecting an unforgettable meal but of course my expectations were far too high. This doesn't mean the food wasn't good, it just didn't blow me away. I had a cold melon soup, which was a refreshing app. offering notes of pepper, cantaloupe, mint and a cleansing dollop of goat cheese (there was also olive dust, which I could not taste).

My server put on a show, ensuring that each utensil was symmetrical, moving his hands across the table like a painter, all with a smile on his face. He either loved his job or was mocking me and my friend. Then there was the B.C. rainbow trout, with a crispy crust spread over top capers, squash and zucchini - I think. Fish won't be the same without that toasted skin!

The risotto cake (a glorified rice ball) needed more crispness and the arugula salad was boring in my opinion. I think vegetarians deserve better than dates and toasted walnuts, even if they are glazed.

I opted for some orange sorbet as a dessert that came with a shortbread cookie and candied orange. There was nothing original about this or the salad of shaved fruit. Part of me understands why they might get lazy creating a menu for Summerlicious. This restaurant  probably has tons of customers willing to spend money on overpriced food. But at the same time, they should make something that will keep people coming back. I am always willing to spend money on good food but I need to be seduced and teased first.

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