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Intersection of flavours

Tucked between a pizza place and hair salon is a little restaurant called Zuni Grill that defies labeling.

Zuni Grill
269 Greenbank Rd.
(613) 828-3890

Rating: ***
Dinner for two with wine: $55

Tucked between a pizza place and hair salon is a little restaurant called Zuni Grill that defies labeling. While the menu has a large number of Indian dishes, it also includes Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesian, Thai and Asian options, making the food difficult to classify.

You’re greeted by the chefs in the open kitchen who have the television tuned to a Sens game. But behind the kitchen is a quaint and quiet area of tables with globes of light overhead decorated with gem gels.

For starters, we ordered the Indonesian Chicken Satay Bites ($8). The marriage of the satay with a bland mint yogurt dip wasn’t a match made in heaven, but it was convivial. The jumbo Coconut Shrimp ($10) were crispy and flavourful and served with a sweet curry dip overpowered by banana.

If you like sweet sauces on fish, the Tandoori Spice Rubbed Atlantic Salmon Filet ($18) won’t disappoint. Nicely grilled and served with fruit chutney, it was satisfying. Much like the Coconut Shrimp appetizer, the Coconut-Crusted Chicken Breast ($16) came with a banana infused curry sauce, and the chicken was tender and enjoyable.

The friendly waiter brought our Chai-Infused Crème Brûlée ($6) along with a large propane torch and brûléed the crème table-side. The crème brûlée was impeccable and to have it torched table-side was a rare treat.

Zuni Grill is something of a deal, with an ambitious array of flavours to tempt your taste buds.

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