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Lavanderia - A Tale of a Lunch and a Dinner

My sister works at Victoria Park along with my best friend, so on a random Wednesday, I headed to Westmount to meet them for lunch.  The casual warm setting of Lavanderia was very relaxing.  I loved the calming colours and homey feel to the place as it does pay tribute to Chef Antonio Park's childhood home above his parent's Lavanderia or laundromat - Hence the name!

We started our lunch with a coconut fish broth soup served in these adorable little cast iron bowls.  The broth was full of flavour, creamy and smooth.  The chunks of potatoes were tender and soaked up the flavour of the broth perfectly.  I can see why my friend claims this is her favourite soup!

As my main, I opted for the grilled calamari.  A fresh made corn tortilla piled high with calamari and a light delicious mixed salad.  I was excited for this dish and dug right in.  I have to say, I expected the calamari to be significantly tender and carry that delicious charred flavour and it did, just the tenderness was not there.  I happen to love grilled calamari and grilled octopus and order it at almost every restaurant that offers it, this version was good but definitely not up to par with others I have sampled.           

My friend had the charred salmon served with a corn salsa and papas bravas (a fried potato dish topped with a romesco sauce).  The salmon was excellent!  Beautiful char on the outside, perfectly cooked in the middle and very flavourful!  The corn salsa was refreshing and complimented the salmon very nicely.  I enjoyed the papas bravas as well, really delicious.

My sister had the Cornish hen served in a deliciously falvoured tomato sauce and topped with a light mix greens salad.  This dish was well prepared and delicately flavoured.  We both really enjoyed it.  

The lunch menu at Lavanderia is continuously changing. The chef may use the same proteins but he prepares them in very different ways.  I like that concept, the ever changing menu means one can never get bored.  The chef must enjoy this concept as well, as his creativity can shine through each day.  

One night after our lunch at Lavanderia, my sister called my mother and I and invited us out for dinner on her.  She was dying for my mom to try the food and had an excellent excuse, she won a gift card at work and wanted to spend it on us!

It was a warm August night and we decided to sit out on the small intimate patio.  We started the meal with delicious gin cocktails.  It was crisp and delicious, so good that we all had two rounds!  We ordered up a couple of different salads to start.  The watermelon, cherry tomatoes, queso fresco and mint salad was sweet and refreshing.  The small touch of pickled red onions added the right amount of acidity to the dish.  

The Kale salad with grilled peaches, house made maple bacon and Parmesan cheese was a great salad.  The salads were eaten up quite quickly and then the mains arrived.

My mother had the catch of the day ceviche with fried corn, aji amarillo, sweet potato puree and fresh cilantro.  The dish was deliciously balanced, flavourful and reminded me of my favourite ceviche in South Beach.  

I had the grilled octopus served with white beans, crispy fennel, sun dried tomatoes capers and red onions.  The octopus had a delicious char flavour and was very tender.  I really enjoyed it.  The beans and fennel were a nice crispy and refreshing compliment to the octopus.  

The third dish we sampled was the sweetbreads and veal meatballs.  I expected this dish to be one of the heavier dishes at the table however to my surprise it was very delicate and light.  Was not like any other sweetbreads dish I have ever had and that is a good thing.  

We got a side order of yucca fries to share and they were absolutely perfect.  I hadn't had them in quite some time and I forgot how much I like them.  The sauce served along side them was light and tangy.  I really liked 

We finished off our meal with a light dessert.  The soft delicious pudding chômeur and ice cream dessert was the prefect way to end our dinner.  We had a wonderful dinner at Lavanderia.
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