Kitchen Musings: Gourmet Garden

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Gourmet Garden, located at 95 Washington Street in Canton, is a welcome addition to our neighborhood, serving high quality Japanese and Chinese cuisine.

I was struck by how open, spacious, classy yet casual the atmosphere is. The appetizers were nothing like I have ever tasted. The Hokkaiyaki Combo was a delicate marriage of baked scallops and squid with crab stick, mushrooms and flying fish roe. This whetted my appetite for more seafood and the Imperial Couple seemed like a natural choice. (I must confess I have fallen in love with the couple and am planning a secret rendezvous soon). The simple House Special Fried Rice paired wonderfully with the perfectly balanced sweet and spicy sauce.

My teenager, as usual, felt an urge to order something completely different from the rest of the family and decided to go with the Pork Fried Rice and Crispy Beef. I am glad that he did for I got to steal a few bites of the crispiest beef in a delicate sauce. The portions were generous and made for an incredible night snack in spite of all of us being happy with stuffed bellies.

I ran into a co-worker who insisted that I try the Fried Ice Cream. I must admit that I was a bit apprehensive after a recent experience at a local upscale restaurant. All I can say is that you must try it to experience what my mouth felt. It was laced with crunchy corn flake thingies, but no one was ready to divulge the secret. It was a sweet surprise when the nice waitress announced that the dessert was on the house. (I found out later that if you behave, you too can get this sweet deal). And let me assure you, if my crazy family’s behavior was considered worth rewarding, just about anyone will be rewarded!

The next day when I went in to talk to one of the owners, Angus Wu, I was very impressed with his focus on healthy eating. The owners have made a conscious decision to put many healthy choices on the menu, one of them being the Akai Rice, which is more nutritious and flavorful than brown rice. Mr. Wu shared that their most popular dish is the Pad Thai, which he described as “different.” He also said that the Salt & Pepper Scallop is one of his favorites. The prices were a bargain for the freshness and quality of the food. The service was prompt and courteous and the atmosphere was welcoming.

Gourmet Garden was a true gastronomical delight. I cannot wait to go back there and perhaps run into you. Have fun treating your palate, and oh, don’t forget to behave!

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