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Definitely pass on price and quality! Bone-in rib eye steak charred to coal-like consistency, underseasoned crispy snapper, horribly peppery salad with no bacon flavor or smokiness.

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Overall CID rating 4 out of 5

Thumbs Up: Jerk Chicken, value for the dollar

Thumbs Down: rude service, high traffic location

Recommendations: Be prepared to wait for your food!

“CID Highlight” – Jerk Chicken: CID Rating 5 out of 5

A $5 plate worth… is not enough but we wanted to play it safe since it was our first time at this “hot spot” (see picture below).  The crispy and slightly charred skin was tasty even for those that are a little skeptical about chicken skin and fat.  Fresh out of the oven, with a douse of bbq sauce, the meat was ever so flavorful, juicy and tender.  If I ever find myself east of Prospect Park, I will definitely return to Peppa’s for some Jamaican Jerk Chicken and maybe try the Oxtail Stew next time! (more…)

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Overall CID rating 4.75 out of 5

Thumbs Up: authentic thai, Green Curry Crispy Duck, Fried Shrimp Cake, Green Papaya Salad, Fried Softshell Crab, indoor and outdoor dining, space for large groups, vegetarian menu

Thumbs Down: slow service, crowded, Pad Kra Prow

Recommendations: It gets pretty crowded so be prepared to wait any day of the week and any time of the day!

“CID Highlight” – Green Curry Crispy Duck: CID Rating 5 out of 5

I’m a huge fan of roast duck any which way you have it whether it be alone, in sauce, in soup, or on a salad.  Growing up that was the number one remedy for all my woes and worries.  Homesick?  Fell off a bike?  Broken-hearted?  Have no fear… have a duck leg instead!  Green curry is another favorite of mine whether alone, with basil, vegetables, poultry, or seafood.  This dish combined two of my favorites and doubled the dosage.  The flavor of the curry is sweet, spicy and milky but never heavy.  The serving of roast duck was abundant.  The small medley of vegetables like bamboo, green beans, and tomatoes adds texture and a bit of your daily dose of vitamins. (more…)

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Overall CID rating 4.75 out of 5

Thumbs Up: decor, quiet conversation, zen calmness, any fish dish, pre-fixe lunch

Thumbs Down: chicken and bok choi, crispy seafood salad


“CID Highlight” – Codfish in Spicy Wild Ginger Curry: CID Rating 5 out of 5


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Overall CID rating 5 out of 5

Thumbs Up: Salt and Pepper Calamari

Thumbs Down: pricey, dress code


“CID Highlight” – Salt and Pepper Calamari: CID Rating 5 out of 5


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Overall CID rating 3.75 out of 5

Thumbs Up: value for the dollar, service

Thumbs Down: the trout

Recommendations: Try the $39.95 Five Course Prix-Fixe Menu for the best value. The menu does change often so check out the website for the latest L’Ecole has to offer.

“CID Highlight” – Passion Fruit Baked Alaska: CID Rating 4.5 out of 5

Omelette Norvegienne aux fruit de la passion

I have had baked alaska on several occassions but this by far is the tastiest interpretation I’ve had. The torched cream, frozen passion fruit filling and crust was perfectly layered for every satisfying bite.

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Overall CID rating 2.50 out of 5

Thumbs Up: gyoza skin
Thumbs Down: retched-smelling bamboo shoots, heart-attack pork belly

Recommendations: Customize your order, “No smelly bamboo for me, please!”

“CID Highlight” – Pork Gyoza: CID Rating 3 out of 5

This dish was the highlight of my meal tonight though still nothing to write home about. The gyoza skin was thin, light, and crispy on one side. The filling however needed a bit more seasoning. I still prefer the pork gyoza at Sapporo.

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