ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Blue Ginger perfects Fire, Ice and chocolate
644 Richmond St.
By Andrew Knox
and Megan O’Toole
WELCOME TO FINE DINING IN LONDON. Blue Ginger
offers many tasty dishes, including their signature Fire and
A truly fine dining experience in London incorporates one of two
colours: red or blue. No, we aren’t recommending fruit punch
or blue freezies; rather, we are referring to Blue Ginger and its
accompanying upstairs Red Lounge.
The quietly modern elegance of Blue Ginger’s exterior is
well-suited to the simple, yet classy interior design, which mixes
smooth silver furnishings with blue accents and tasteful artwork.
The service is prompt and friendly, and the wait staff is quick
to accommodate any request.
Blue Ginger’s upstairs section, the Red Lounge, features
lower lighting and a smaller space to create an atmosphere even
more intimate than the already cozy main floor. Red is converted
into an upscale club every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night,
with music and ambiance designed specifically to achieve the club
An excellent way to start your meal at Blue Ginger is with the
restaurant’s signature dish, Fire and Ice ($12). This appetizer,
consisting of vegetarian sushi coated in tempura, integrates a
perfect mixture of sweetness and crispy spice that is out of this
world. It’s worth the visit to Blue Ginger for this creation
There are many other appetizing starters on the menu, including
lobster cappuccino ($7), comprised of lobster, tomatoes and cream;
and colossal coconut shrimp ($12), which comes in a bed of sesame
Of course, the most important part of any meal is the main course.
Each dish is exquisitely presented and garnished with a flair matching
the brilliance of the meal. Many entrées, such as the perfectly
prepared seared Atlantic salmon ($22), are served atop the inspired
Blue Ginger specialty, mashed potatoes with lobster.
Another great choice is the risotto ($19), which comes with tender
chunks of chicken breast and a mixture of crispy vegetables, all
smothered in a smooth, creamy sauce. The restaurant also offers
various meat and pasta dishes, including the slowly braised lamb
osobucco ($24) and angel hair pasta ($14).
In terms of liquid refreshment, Blue Ginger has an extensive martini
menu in addition to a well-rounded wine list. The house selection,
Vineland Estates Tintern Ridge, is offered at an affordable price
of $24/bottle. If you’re up for something a little sweeter,
the Penfolds Chardonnay is an excellent choice at $36/bottle.
Blue Ginger’s dessert menu, which is delivered verbally by
the wait staff, is brief but impressive. The extremely decadent
warm chocolate soufflé is a delicious way to finish off
your meal. With it’s paradigm-defying lightness and perfect
portion size, the rich soufflé never crosses the line into
uncomfortably heavy sweetness. It’s served with vanilla ice
cream to provide a perfect contrast to the beautiful chocolate
Blue Ginger is open for lunch Wednesday
to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner Monday to Sunday,
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.. In the coming months, management also plans
to host art openings at Blue Ginger, giving patrons a chance to
check out London’s