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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Blue Ginger perfects Fire, Ice and chocolate


Blue Ginger
644 Richmond St.
434-5777

By Andrew Knox
Gazette Writer
and Megan O’Toole
Gazette Staff

Matt Prince/Gazette
WELCOME TO FINE DINING IN LONDON. Blue Ginger offers many tasty dishes, including their signature Fire and Ice.

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 effect.

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 alone.

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 orange marmalade.

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 taste.

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 art scene.

 

 

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