November 7, 2010

South of Temperance

South of Temperance is located, well, quite literally, south of Temperance street. This place opened not long ago and because my other dinner option was closed on a Saturday night, I figured I'd give this place a try. I wished I had the chance to come here at lunch, because half of the restaurant had a sky roof, and it would have been really nice and bright during the day. With concrete floors and exposed ceilings, the place had an upscale, industrial decor. The wooden-paneled wall added a splash of warmth to the overall ambiance.
Lobster Mac n' Cheese: Lobster, shrimp, aged cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan. At $26, I felt that this was completely overpriced! I had expected the lobster flavour to be infused with the cheesy sauce. Instead, they slabbed on generous chunks of lobster meat on top of a rather ordinary Mac n' Cheese. It was somewhat underwhelming, and the lobster didn't blow me away. I was pretty disappointed with how this dish turned out.
The Slow Braised Short Rib Panini was much more satisying. With caramelized onions, aged cheddar and horseradish aioli, my sandwich also comes with my favourite sweet potato fries at no extra charge! The horseradish aioli gave a nice punch of flavour to the succulent, melt-in-your-mouth tender short rib. The addition of caramelized onions was much welcomed. Although I loved the perfectly salted sweet potato fries, I ate too much and got sick from it later in the night.
I couldn't resist ordering my favourite Cheesecake with Mixed Berries, Cassis (French for blackcurrant). Creamy and delectable, the cake was light enough that I could finish most of this by myself. I really enjoyed the accompanying blackcurrant sauce as well. It was the perfect dessert to end the meal.
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