Issue November 12, 2008

Aftertastes

Mojito Tapas Restaurant, 2231 Holiday Manor Ctr., 425-0949, www.mojitorestaurant.com. This established East End restaurant features small-plate Spanish tapas with a Cuban vibe. Chef-owner Fernando Martinez recently traveled to Europe and brought much of what he learned back home to kick Mojito’s menu up a notch. (Reviewed 9/17/08; Rating: 93)

Dakshin Indian Restaurant, Eastland Shopping Center, 4742 Bardstown Rd., 491-7412. This recent arrival ranks as a favorite among the region’s Indian community. The menu is said to include at least one dish from every Indian state, from Tamil Nadu and the Malabar Coast to Kashmir and the Himalayas. (Reviewed 10/1/08; Rating: 86)
 

THE Colonnade, Louisville Antique Mall, 834 E. Broadway, 749-3105. “The tradition continues,” its proprietors say, but with some differences: The “new” Colonnade is more upscale, a marked difference from the old show in the Starks Building basement. The menu includes traditional Kentucky dishes such as the Louisville Hot Brown and Benedictine. (Reviewed 10/7/08; Rating: 78)

Olivia’s Restaurant, Goss Avenue Antique Mall, 946 Goss Ave., 409-6160. Located at the back of the cavernous Goss Avenue Mall, this restaurant is somewhat upscale, both in decor and menu, although just about everything is attractively priced at $10 or less. Choice menu items include fried green heirloom tomatoes and peanut butter pie. (Reviewed 10/7/08; Rating: 72)
 

De la Torre’s, 1606 Bardstown Rd., 456-4955, www.delatorres.com. Recently the restaurant responded to customer demand (with one eye on the sinking economy) and shifted the menu over to an all-tapas list. The new menu offers more than three dozen small plates to choose from. (Reviewed 10/22/08; Rating: 94)

Sage Indian Restaurant & Bar, 4123 Oechsli Ave., 896-0025. Replacing the short-lived Royal India Palace, Sage Indian has mostly remained the same. Featuring standard Northern Indian dishes, the expansive menu has more than 60 dinners — about one-fourth of them vegetarian — as well as appetizers, breads and soups. (Reviewed 11/5/08; Rating: 72)

Shady Lane Café, 4806 Brownsboro Ctr., 893-5118, www.shadylanecafe.com. This friendly East End spot has long been a favorite for breakfast and lunch and stays open for dinner Tuesday through Fridays. Each night offers a different dinner special, which ranges in price from $3.95-$6.95. (Reviewed 11/5/08; Rating: 87)