Saturday, January 8, 2011

The New King?

Il Gallo Nero
211 - 17th Ave SE
An old post from last year that I forgot to post. The shame!
Christmas lunch with work. Traditionally, we celebrate at the King and I by stuffing ourselves with various dishes in the King's Feast. This year we decided to check out Il Gallo Nero. The food is just as good plus when it's minus 20-some out, those 10 blocks is mighty far. Just sayin'.
Unlike our first experience, the place was bustling this time around with several other work functions going on. We socialized amongst ourselves and suddenly food magically appeared before us. Here's a picture of the salad we had from last time. For all intents and purposes, it was the same as last time. The prawns were tasty. They clearly didn't read my blog because I wanted more prawns! Oh well. Russ, being allergic to shellfish, definitely got the short end of the stick for this one. A full plate of fresh greens for him. 

Next to arrive was the veal stuffed manicotti. Or was it cannelloni? If you know what the difference between the two is, please leave a comment below, that would be awesome! Ground veal oozed out of the soft crepe shell. The roll is finished with a rose sauce and parmesan cheese. I'm drooling all over my keyboard at the moment.

The entree arrived shortly after. A medley of steamed vegetables and a fried mashed potato ball accompanied a filet of chicken breast and veal in a white cream and tomato sauce respectively. The meat was very tender and flavourful. I love how the meal includes two slabs of meat. Decent sized too. I really liked the mashed potato ball... super crispy on the outside, smooth and soft inside. 

For dessert, we were presented with a slice of tiramisu with cocoa dusted around the plate.

The score for this nap inducing meal:
Atmosphere: 8 out of 10. Warm and inviting. Brick and stone walls with thick cherry wood furnishings give it a very elegant feel. 
Food: 8 out of 10. Tasty. The chef's special does not appear to vary significantly.
Presentation: 6 out of 10. Above average presentation.
Service: 7 out of 10. Good service. Friendly staff. Water and wine glasses is constantly topped up. 
Overall: 7 out of 10. 

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