Because I’m a cheat (and I’m cool), I have two birthdays (: After Gary Danko, Lalimes was the order of the month and this quaint little establishment won me over the instant I stepped in :) ZY had been here once during summer and was sufficiently impressed to designate it as the restaurant for September.
We had (I’m sorry but we forgot to take down the prices of the appetizers):
I ordered an oyster and spinach salad for my appetizer in an attempt to feel healthy. These deep-fried pieces of sin encased in a golden wonder were anything but. I’m not complaining. The thick batter did interfere with the fresh taste of the oyster, but being the junk foodie that I am, I was more than happy with it.
ZY ordered the tomato soup. This was really… fresh. Like the tomato juice we once had at the Berkeley Farmer’s market.
ZY got the Grilled Angus beef filet, red wine-onion risotto, Roquefort butter. (USD 28.50)It was very creamy. I think he found it a little hard to stomach but I loved it in all its creamy goodness. The butter blended well with the medium rare beef and made the meat a perfect compliment to the risotto.
This was my FAVORITE dish of the night. Braised lamb shank, creamy polenta, rosemary gremolata. (USD24.50) To put it simply, polenta with lamb. The lamb was fall-off-the-bone tender, but my attention was completely on the cornmeal mush. I know some people think it tastes like baby food, but BABY FOOD IS GOOD okay. This was delicately flavored, nothing intensive, but the mildness had an exciting quality to it. The lamb was relegated to the back seat. Mui bien!
On a side note, I suddenly remember there was once during my singing class in Lee Wei Song when Stef Sun came for her recording, and she started telling us how she likes polenta. Haha, it’s interesting that I would remember that now. On an even further note, I recieved an email from the modeling agency that I used to work with in Sinapore, and they asked me to do a FOOD AD. Oh my gosh FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD! But I guess that’s for the 1.75m, 48kg me. I don’t quality now.
This is a place I wouldn’t mind returning to, over and over again. Not just because of the food. I think it’s more of an attitude that rings out from this restaurant. I can’t quite put a term to it, but ZY summed it up pretty well when he said that if he were to open a restaurant, he’d want it to be like Lalime’s.
1329 Gilman Street