Side Dish Restaurant
1008 Langley St.
E: Strange. In a region that was once known as Persia, I would expect the food to be very exotic. I'm fascinated with the ancient culture because of the sun god Mithras. His secretive religion is as mysterious as the restaurant that does not bear his name.
At Side Dish, I was fascinated with the baklava desserts offered and that's what I should have picked up instead of one of their traditional dishes. As colourful as it was, I wondered where did the flavour go?
J: Looking at Ed's dish, the kabobs looked as about exotic as National Geographic cut-outs on the wall of an office cubicle. The kebabs were processed lines of meat. I couldn't laugh, my meal faired no better.
E: At least James' meal looked like it should belong in a garden. The multicolored saffron rice made for a nice presentation. All I got were specs of orange than an all out green and red. I had a bit of that too with the vegies and roasted tomato, and out of everything, all I could really enjoy was that one charred tomato. It was a bland meal.
J: The chef's specialty was a chicken leg cooked in tomato saffron and lime. I couldn't taste anything but the tomato sadly. I was given the heated tomato sauce in a side dish. I poured it liberally over the saffron rice to take away the dry taste. It helped slightly.
And I consider a salad something a little more than two pieces of tomato and cucmber on two leaves of lettuce. That's more suited as a salad for Peter Rabbit.
E: The salad dressing helped, but not by much. Like I said before, the next time I stop in here for a bite, it'd only be for the baklavas instead of anything else. I can't be bothered with the kebabs since there was no extra oomph to it.
J: The Side Dish is a cozy and clean restaurant. For me, that's important but foodwise, they haven't convinced me to make a return visit. Maybe if they start by presenting an appetizing kebab, this place would feel more authentic and less westernized.
2½ Blokes out of 5