Taro Grill - still holdin' it down
This place is a favourite of mine. I like it because it seems to be quite consistent. I attribute this to the fact that the same Sri Lankan gentlemen are at the grill each time I'm there and the ownership hasn't changed hands to my knowledge. They're also quite good about the service they hire, which has changed over the years.
Bread comes with hummus, which is a nice change from even the fanciest butter. We started off with a serving of their mussels. The portion was generous for an appetizer, and the coconut cream based tomato/red pepper broth was excellent. The quality of the mussels was good too in my opinion; if it was frozen moments earlier or came in a bag I definitely couldn't tell. More likely, they're popular enough that they're bought fresh on a fairly regular basis.
I had the jumbo shrimp, a simple dish; 5 big shrimp grilled and served on a bed of rice with a nice garlic sauce, a potato pancake and a salad. It was simple but filling and the quality was there for the price point. The salad wasn't just a random pile of iceberg lettuce, far from it.
She had a tenderloin pasta dish, which she said was quite good. Again, portion and quality looked decent for the price point and she finished it all so, it must have been alright!
No drinks, and we were honestly too full for dessert. An app. and two entrees came out to ~$60 but that's with tax and generous tip. The server was quite attentive and helpful, he really kept on top of little things.
So, as far as I can tell, Taro's still a great spot for a meal and I'd recommend it to anyone travelling through the west end.