Volume 94, Issue 48

Thursday, November 23, 2000


Grad returns with book - The Lion, the fox, the eagle and Carol Off

Gwen and Ben get together to Bounce

Let the fiesta begin

Fatboy and M.O.P go to Camp

Let the fiesta begin

Under The Volcano
300 Colborne Street

By Tara Dermastja
Gazette Staff

Hidden behind the bright lights of downtown London is a delectable volcano waiting to erupt.

With its generous portions and extensive menu selection, Under The Volcano provides an adventurous journey into the excitement that is Mexican cuisine. Whether it be for a romantic date, a small family get-together or a formal business gathering, stepping into the dimly lit restaurant is the beginning of a peaceful night of fine dining.

While deciding what to order, nibble on the complimentary basket of fresh, flavoured corn chips and mild salsa, which acts as a delicious starter. For patrons looking for a little variety in their appetizers, the Volcano's Mexi Mix platter is a sampling of quesadillas, delicious corn flautas and mixed veggies with three tasty dips. Reasonably priced at $13.95, the mix serves up to four people and is a mouth-watering introduction to the pleasurable dining experience.

Some additional appetizers include a rich cheese soup, caesar salad with a Mexican twist and Volcano bread, topped with garlic, sour cream and cheese. However, attention must be paid to the ample amount of entrees, side orders and desserts available.

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Diners may select from traditional dishes such as fajitas and burritos with either chicken, beef or seafood or may opt for a taste of adventure with Lime Tequila grilled chicken breast or drunken shrimp. The chicken is tender and the beef savoury, a welcome escape from the dry, poorer quality often found in more commercial restaurants.

For those with larger appetites, Under The Volcano provides a combination of either quesadillas, enchiladas or flautas with pinto beans and natural brown rice for only $10.95. Also, vegetarians need not worry about menu limitations as many of the entrees can be selected with vegetables instead of meat.

Saving room for dessert is a necessity at the restaurant. The richness of the Kahlua Mousse, with its decadent dark chocolate and whipped cream, cannot be avoided. Then again, neither can the breathtaking Ice Cream Crepe with its noticeably luscious French vanilla ice cream, warm crepe and copious amounts of hot fudge sauce.

If you'd like to have some of the restaurant's flavour at home, keep in mind take-home foods like the Volcano Salsa or Cayenne and Jalapeno Relish are obtainable for reasonable prices.

A little out of the way, Under The Volcano may be difficult for some to reach without their own transportation. However, don't let the location sway any attempt to visit. The prices are consistent with the quality provided and the staff are friendly and attentive.

The choices at Under The Volcano are irresistible and the food succulent; dining there is a highly recommended experience that should not be missed.

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