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Adventures in Shilling #037: La Bouillabaisse, Ilili, Toloache

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It's time for another edition of Adventures in Shilling, in which we fight shilling the best way we can, by shaming tasteless, unscrupulous shills into submission. Well, that's the plan, at least. Fight shills yourself by dropping offensive links to

2008_07_toloache.jpgWe only have a handful of shills this week, but what shills they are. This time around they come from our comments section and Citysearch. We'll start with the least suspicious:

A recent commenter sounds a tad too excited about the recent opening of Red Hook's La Bouillabaisse. But then again, it's easy to get excited about a restaurant when you live in Red Hook: "La Bouillabaisse is open! Very handsome room with classy chandeliers and white banquettes. Reprises the original menu with Provencal classics. Sure to quickly become a neighborhood and destination dining favorite. Savvy commuters can utilize the IKEA bus as transportation!"
Shill Probability: 59%
A commenter mentions Ilili shouldn't be on Deathwatch. And here's why: "Opentable has this place as one of the top '10 Best Mediterranean Restaurants' in the 'New York Area'. Currently ilili is ranked #7 for New York Area and #5 for New York City. And this rating is actually from diners that have actually been at the restaurant. Here is the link: Looks like either or opentable has it wrong. I'm betting is the one that has it wrong."
Shill Probability: 64%

We can't tell if this review on Citysearch is a terrible aspiring food critic or a straight up shill for (serial shiller) Toloache. We're voting for the latter: "The creations from this kitchen are delectable. Succulent, savory and sweet, and so full of flavor. The avocado fries are so creative and tastey! The panko was light and crispy, the warm avocado creamy and sweet....I ordered Carnitas de Lechon. Let me just say it was the most flavorful, beautifully seasoned roasted pig I have ever had the absolute pleasure of tasting. The habanero-sour orange salsa was so delicous it literally made my mouth water...The tres leches de limon... seriously? Seriously? The sponge of the cake was light - no easy accomplishment in a cake soaked in three kinds of milk; the flavors were delicate, nothing overwhelmed, it was a perfect balance. Thank you, Chef Medina, your creations, and the staff's execution of them, were an utter delight."
Shill Probability: 86%