The menus have been posted for Summerlicious 2009.
I can't say I am impressed with many of the menus. Lots of chicken!!
I also noticed a few restaurants that have been doing summerlicious for years are no longer participating.
Any thoughts on this?
Went to 5th Element for the first time. Had avoided it as the reviews on CH have been unkind. Was not sure about Indian fusion but the food was fragrant and plated nicely. Indian friend enjoyed the food very much.
The food was delicious. Started with the bacon wrapped scallops and greens. Had salmon in light curry sauce with rice. Finished with the mango cheesecake.
Lunch companions had tandoori chicken, shrimp skewers (more than two three shrimps), and the peanut butter cake.
We all left happily and fully satiated.
We went to Coppi last night and ordered off the Summerlicious menu and we were extremely satisfied. My husband had zucchini and tomato soup, lamb shank with polenta and tiramisu and I had a salad, halibut filet in parchment paper and panna cotta. We each had a glass of wine and I had a cappuccino and he had a tea. The service was extremely attentive and the restaurant was almost full to capacity. We noticed that people were ordering off the regular menu as well as the Summerlicious menu. We were lucky enough to have a gift card that we used and we would definitely go back. We had a great experience!
My friends and I faithfully attended Winterlicious and Summerlicious because it was a great way to try new restaurants without a financial sacrifice- the menu was affordable and reasonable, so, if we didn't enjoy our meal, it wasn't a big deal.
But, with dinners priced at $45.00, plus tax and tip, and counting in the cost of drinks, it no longer makes sense to us (especially when we have to deal with crappy service). We might as well just save our pennies and eat from the regular menu.
czthemmnt beat me to it. The multi-level pricing structure means that the higher end places that used to be a real bargain are no longer such a good deal.
And with so many restaurants in town offering recession-friendly prix fixe deals all the time, even the $25 'licious dinners aren't a novelty anymore.
Add to that the increased number of restaurants participating this time, plus the bad press that 'licious has gotten, it's not surprising at all that people aren't booking in droves this year.
Some menus look interesting: Can't say I have seen "calf head" on summerlicious before!
Smoked oven dried tomato salad, chef’s fresh ricotta cheese
Gazpacho flavored with chef’s house made feta
Tête de veau ~ calf's head salad, caper and gherkin vinaigrette, frisée salad
Gnocchi , braised oxtail, summer mushrooms
Mennonite farmed pork tenderloin, potato gratin, sauce moutarde
BC salmon with a ragoût of octopus and chorizo sausage, rissolé of summer vegetables and potatoes, sauce vin rouge