Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Familiar friends

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Every neighborhood should have a Jennifer’s Café: good food and reasonable prices on anything from a salad or a sandwich to an elaborate dinner. Twenty varieties of sandwiches are offered, most wrapped in a thin pita. Chicken, veal and fish predominate on the menu (although the beef tenderloin tips are outstanding), and dinner comes with soup or salad. There are also several Middle Eastern selections and a reasonably priced dessert menu.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2001

Spicy surprise

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The food is above average at Hamtramck's newest Indian/Bangladeshi restaurant (and the portion sizes are larger than average, too). The chicken Kashmir (cooked in a creamy banana sauce) and the fish masala (salmon with spicy tomatoes and chilies) are both interesting, flavorful dishes. Also good are chicken tikka, chicken dansak, and begam bharta, a very rich, mashed eggplant. Appetizers and breads are a must at Indian restaurants, and Gandhi's don't disappoint.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Family fusion

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Head chef Michael Lum says it best: "The idea is Asian-based, new-American cooking. It's traditional American cooking with Asian spices to give it a new flavor." Lum's extended family help in the kitchen and elsewhere: an uncle makes fresh noodles and Lum's wife creates sushi and other appetizers. Spotlight dishes include the duck Macao (marinated in spices, deep-fried, then coated with a spicy Asian sauce) and tomato soup (a thick broth with crispy sizzling rice, Chinese veggies and big chunks of chicken and shrimp).

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Wednesday, August 8, 2001

The art of dining

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The food at Joseph's is simply wonderful. Joseph Petrinac, the chef-proprietor, calls his cuisine "modern fusion." He trained in France for five years but likes to blend Asian ingredients and fresh pastas into the French foundation. It works. And you'll spend only about $50 US for salad, soup, appetizer, entrée, coffee and dessert. Highlights include roasted vegetable soup with basil oil, wild mushroom ravioli, Szechuan pot-stickers, tender beef filet and a to-die-for warm chocolate torte (but there are really too many highlights to mention).

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Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Fresh finned fare

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The setting is posh, with beveled glass windows set into the mahogany paneling, and the service is accomodating. The food's the clincher, though – whether slip-sliding simple raw oysters or savoring the most fussy presentation, such as cashew-crusted mahi mahi sweetened with Jamaica rum butter and a salsa of mango and red bell peppers. The menu is printed twice daily, with an impressive list of more than 30 fresh-catch offerings. Desserts are all rich and classic; be sure to call for reservations.

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