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Apr 26, 2009 06:14 AM

Ellada Review [moved from Quebec board]

Is it just me or is there something really weird about this review in yesterday's gazette. The critic spends a whole paragraph complaining that that red mullet has bones. HUH? How is that the restaurant's fault? AND they did warn her about it.

Was that a valid complaint?

here's the paragraph:

The red mullet failed for other reasons. Though the flesh had a pleasant taste similar to shrimp, it was a real bother to scoop it out amidst the many bones. To be fair, the waiter warned us that there would be work involved. But digging in with your hands and having to inspect every morsel of these three little fish is too much to ask of even the most intrepid fish lover. There must be some way to make red mullet more customer-friendly.

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  1. Jeebus. That is pretty much my favorite fish on earth; and yep, it is always bony (unless we is talking about some magical Harry Potter version of the species). Coming from my least favorite reviewer -who has previously stated that she puts service over food- I wouldn't take this complaint seriously.

    She asks "There must be some way to make red mullet more customer-friendly.". I know, I know!! If one can make the red mullet pull her chair for her, and relocate the restaurant in a "happening" strip of somewhere in deep suburbia, will that be refined enough?

    1. «Was that a valid complaint?»

      No, it's a vapid complaint.

      At least she kept Britney Spears' panties out of the first paragraph, unlike last week.

      1. i was glad to read this review in the newspaper as i hear advertisements for this restaurant all the time on the radio. I think it is a fair comment about bones because i have had several meals at milos and rarely had bones in the fish, also not only is it more than annoying if you have a business or even social lunch and have to continually pull bones out of your mouth, so forewarned you might want to choose a meat dish. Bones can be a safety issue especially when you are distracted by conversation so I think for several reasons the critic`s comment can be appreciated d by some of her readers.

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        1. re: wilmagrace

          The issue isn't that she mentioned the bones in the review. The issue is that, after being warned that the fish was bony, she ordered it and then not only complained about the bones but also, despite liking the cooking and flavour, declared the dish -- and by extension the resto ("but the fish left plenty to be desired. And isn’t excellent fish what Greek restaurants are all about?") -- a failure.

          1. re: wilmagrace

            According to Ms. Chesterman's review, the server did warn her the fish would be bony. I too, find the comment irritating. She wants to enjoy the fish in it's pristine natural glory AND processed for her convenience? Sometimes it's childish to want it all.

            1. re: rcianci

              Guess they could make her fishcakes next time. Red mullet is prized in the Mediterranean Basin, and known to be bony. Diners savour it and eat it slowly.

          2. ok understand your point, but still thinks she makes a point that potential customers may wish to know. I was surprised by terms used to describe the critic and wonder if vapid and childish have been used to describe male restaurant reviewers when readers dont agree with a review.......i would assume so that these are neutral words to be used with both genders.....

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            1. re: wilmagrace

              Well, she could have stated something along the lines of "yes, it was bony indeed, as warned by the server. too bad", but the tone of the review suggests that not making a naturally bony fish "customer friendly" is a shortcoming of the restaurant. Well when I was a kid, my dad used to remove every single bone for me (a painstaking process); should we expect the cooks and servers to do that for her?

              I think what bothers the people (at least I am speaking of myself) is the tone of entitlement and fussiness. But her column is more about "dining" than food itself, and I think there is some readership that demands that kind of attitude toward eating. So let them eat fish cakes.

              1. re: wilmagrace

                It's the attitude of "I should be able to have it all" that I find childish, not the critic. But with each review I find I am slowly, reluctantly joining the side of those who wish for Montreal a better fine dining critic.