Weekly Feature: The Grad Lounge – Rosemary Chicken on Mashed Potatoes, Bring on the Gravy!

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Call me easily amused, but I get excited whenever I see mashed potatoes.  Like I wrote in my post a week and a half ago on my beloved spuds, they’re so versatile and I love them with gravy, sour cream, green onions, chives, cheese, mixed veggies, peas, etc. etc.  Not only do they taste delightful, but how many foods out there don’t require you to really chew?  For me it’s great because according to my mum, who has apparently watched and observed my eating habits at the dinner table, I chew my food an average of 22 times before I swallow.  It’s no wonder I eat so slow most of the time.  And it’s no wonder my jaws are kind of sore by the end of my meal.  Oh well.

I refer to this Grad Lounge dish as rosemary chicken stew on potato mash.  Shredded rosemary seasoned chicken served with mushrooms, cooking onions, shallots, and mushroom gravy on top of a big pillow of soft mashed potatoes and a side salad of mixed greens.  It’s like the ultimate meal for softies! 😀  You know, the kind of meal that’s good for when you need something soft and mushier.  The gravy is really flavourful from the mushrooms and chicken and another one of those nice winter comfort meals.  Not to mention the pairing of chicken with mushrooms is a classic (don’t pretend like you don’t snicker when you hear people non-Chinese people saying “moo-goo-guy-pan”!). 

The Grad Lounge does two variations on this dish and they’re both a part of the rotating daily specials menu.  This one is the shredded meat version and the other is 2-piece rosemary chicken thigh dish.  Given the weather we’ve been having as of late (read: wet sleet and wet snow and freezing rain, oh my!) a nice plate of steaming hot chicken and potatoes does the job.

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The Grad Lounge is located at 166 South Ross at the York University Keele campus.  They offer a number of daily specials in addition to their permanent menu, and provide numerous vegetarian and vegan options.

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