Volume 96, Issue 2

Thursday, May 30, 2002
 
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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Hobbit falls short of Grand

Movie screens heat up

Of beer and penises

Maggie's makes dinner of dessert

The Weekend rocks sweetly

Maggie's makes dinner of dessert

By Lauren Starr
Gazette Staff

Maggie's Creperie and Jazz Lounge
478 Richmond Street

3.5 stars out of 5

At the centre of the action of Richmond Row lies a unique and relaxing dining experience. If you walk by too quickly you might not notice it hidden under its green awning, but this is a place you should seek out.

Gazette File Photo

Located directly across from the Grand Theatre, Maggie's Creperie and Jazz Lounge caters to a wide range of customers and tastes.

Sure, crepes don't sound very filling, but don't be fooled – Maggie's is full of surprises.

Artwork gathered by in-house curator Joseph Dean practically jumps off the walls as you walk in the door. Mirrors and lighting help to expand the space, while large arm chairs and cushions enhance the restaurant's cozy feel. The combination of art gallery and jazz club gives this family-run restaurant a classy, fine dining atmosphere.

The soup of the day, such as the tasty Cajun chicken soup ($3.50), makes an excellent start to a meal. For an alternative, you could begin with frog legs ($9.50). With so many crepes to choose from, it's good that Maggie's allows for mixing and matching.

The menu, which is continuously updated, also has a wide selection of meats courtesy of a butcher in the family. They produce inventive combinations of flavours, like crepe ratatouille with zucchini, eggplant and mushrooms ($11.50) or crepe fruit de mer with scallops, shrimp and crab ($18.00).

Most people think of crepes as a dessert, but as a dinner entrée they prove to be light and satisfying. The pork tenderloin with brie and pears ($18.95) is exceptionally good and filling.

Spices and sauces add sensuous flavour to the meals and the displays are quite tempting.

Dessert options, like strawberry-rhubarb pie, are freshly baked. Rich and slightly overwhelming choices include a crepe wrapped around strawberry cream cheese or chocolate Rolo ice cream covered in whipped cream.

The welcoming atmosphere of the restaurant is unmistakable; clearly, patrons are meant to relax and enjoy their surroundings and great service. Because of its convenient location, dinner or dessert at Maggie's is also a great compliment to a show at the Grand.

On Friday and Saturday nights the creperie offers live jazz music and dancing with no cover charge.

It is necessary to keep an open mind in order to enjoy new combinations of ingredients and Maggie's offers the perfect venue for a surprisingly original meal.


To Contact The Arts and Entertainment Department:
gazette.entertainment@uwo.ca

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