Volume 95, Issue 16

Thursday, September 27, 2001
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Add some Garlic's to your diet

By Jordan Bell
Gazette Staff

When you're forced to run through a torrential rainfall and wait for what seems like an eternity for a train to pass – all the while feeling your stomach's wrath of starvation – you pray for a reprieve.

Garlic's Restaurant can be your salvation.

The quaint abode, located in the heart of the city – beside The Grand Theatre, along the infamous "Richmond Row" – is ideal for many reasons. After viewing a performance at the theatre next door, the hungry audience can expect a good meal.

The restaurant's ambiance is soothing, highlighted by romantic music. The tunes allow any love-struck couple to pleasurably fall into a fairy tale. Add some quality lighting and meticulous cleanliness and the food almost becomes an afterthought.

Fortunately, the food will definitely not be forgotten as Garlic's prides itself on an international menu. Asian sampler, a plethora of gourmet pizzas and double lamb chops are just a few of the delicate plates you can sink your teeth into.

The menu is versatile, yet still manages to retain a certain degree of specialization. Patrons can be confident their meal will be made with the utmost knowledge, resulting in tasty and visually appealing creations.

The mixed greens salad will start the meal off with a bang. It's draped with a unique tasting balsamic vinaigrette. Garlic's Caesar salad is also a treat, though the dressing may possess too much of a bite.

The double lamb chops are exquisite. The tenderness and seasoning of the meat will leave your taste buds soaring. And if you're not a meat lover, the salmon linguini, or any pasta for that matter, will be sure to charm. Garlic's peppers leave an indelible impression, while the salmon is cooked to perfection.

Dessert may not be an option after a lengthy meal, but if your stomach can handle it, there are numerous options.

Obviously, the recommended dessert is Garlic's specialty – garlic ice cream. Although the taste is not for everyone, it is sure to strike some people. The delicious summer fruit platter, served with chocolate wafers is a can't-miss dessert. Also recommended is the chocolate monkey, a sweet and tasty treat.

Throughout the meal, patrons can enjoy sipping on fine wine. Garlic's wine list is extensive and covers every angle, from a basic house wine to a soothing pinot noir. Whatever suits your fancy, they will likely have it.

The service is extensive and respectable. You'll be greeted with a warm smile and a helpful personality, but when privacy is needed, the staff is inconspicuous. The food will come fast and occasionally (at exactly the right time), they will check up on you.

The prices are very reasonable considering the quality of food. Salads range from $4.95 to $8.95, gourmet pizzas are all priced $10.95, pastas range from $12.95 to $15.95 and full dinner plates run from $19.95 to $24.95.

Garlic's mission statement suggests it's not a customer's responsibility to remember their establishment, but it is the restaurant's obligation to ensure diners will never forget it.

And judging by such a fine meal, you definitely won't.

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