jkgourmet Posted July 27, 2011 Report Share Posted July 27, 2011 (Those of you who remember me from last year know that we dine out quite a lot when we are here for the summer. Last year, many people on this forum suggested that giving a negative review after just one visit might unfairly have an adverse effect their businesses. I agree. This year, if I have any mixed feelings about restaurants, I am not going to post anything until I visit twice. If it's so bad that we do not want to return, I'm not going to report on it at all. To keep things equal, I'm inclined to follow the same rules, for really positive experiences, but may slip a bit on that one. And I'm not even going to bother posting about any of the old standby's or places that I know will cause an uproar. I sincerely hope that everyone finds this to be a better approach, and I thank those that politely pointed this issue out to me last year.) Our first visit at Gossip Kitchen was a warm evening and we decided to sit outdoors. That lasted about five minutes until we realized that the traffic noise would make it impossible to talk, so we moved inside. Kinda of a funky, but cool vibe to this place - modern, jazzy, open kitchen concept. The menu is eclectic, to say the least, but has a lot of cajun-type dishes, along with curries, and African-spiced dishes. We went on a Tuesday, which had three specials, all at 99 pesos - fried chicken w/mac n' cheese and greens, smothered pork chop with mashed potatoes and greens, and I can't remember the third one. Jay had the fried chicken, another person at our table had the smothered pork chop and I ordered curry chicken, requesting that it be made spicy. The fried chicken was 2 really small pieces of chicken (thigh and a drumstick) and only okay. The mac 'n cheese was pretty good, the greens very salty, but fresh. I did not taste the smothered pork chop, but it looked delicious, was a huge serving of two large blade chops. The man who ordered it declared it very good, happily took half of it home, but left those salty greens. My chicken curry was just okay. Nothing wrong with it, but I can do just as well with a packaged mix at home. It was, however, a decent size serving when I added the rice. We all shared a banana bread pudding with ice cream. I'm not a big desert person, but I will say the ice cream was good quality, the bread pudding fresh and tasty. Wine by the glass was fairly priced (40 peso I think) and just okay. That menu was interesting enough that we decided to give it a second try. We dined later this time, so we could have sat outside now that the traffic had died down; but we liked the vibe of the place inside. Again, a Tuesday night, with the same chicken and pork specials, with the third special of BBQ shrimp at 120 pesos. We aimed at the cajun and fish dishes this time, getting a small bowl of clam chowder and a small bowl of gumbo (each 49 pesos, larger size was 69 pesos, I think). Jay ordered the Circus Cornmeal Catfish, while I had the beer battered tilapia - each about 79-89 pesos. The chowder didn't appeal to either one of us - very heavy on the thyme, light on the clams, thinner broth than I think it properly should be. Added some salt to try to pull out some flavor besides the thyme, which helped. The gumbo, however, was outstanding - perfect and delicious broth, big, whole shrimp, a decent amount of chicken, would have liked a bit more andouille sausage. Both were good size servings. Our fish dinners were a mixed bag. In both cases the fish itself was good (the tilapia was particularly fresh tasting and sweet). But the coatings just were too much, and overpowered the lovely fish. In particular, the "Circus Cornmeal" was coarse. By the time we both finished our last bites of it, we felt like we were grinding sand between our teeth. The remoulade sauce on the side was excellent - he should be doing a shrimp cocktail with this stuff. Sides were french fries with some kind of spice powder, which Jay liked, and I could take or leave, and ribbon pieces of some kind of cold vegetable that had been cooked in curry. I suspect it was cabbage. I like cabbage, and love curry, but this stuff was left behind by both of us. Good old coleslaw would be a better choice, IMO. Contrary to prior reviews, we did not find the food too salty. Perhaps the owner is reading the boards? We both thought the service was friendly and accommodating. The inside and outside dining areas are handicap accessible, but be warned that the bathrooms are down some stairs and probably not accessible. Would we go back again? For that gumbo, for sure. And we will. I'm already looking forward to getting two of the larger bowls and doing take out, with fresh bread and store bought wine waiting at home. THAT would make a damn fine dinner. I might go back and order that tilipia, requesting that it be broiled instead of beer battered. Jay wants to try the smothered pork chop. But I wish we had liked the rest of the food more. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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