HAWKER BAR: More punch and slow down please

647 343 4698   |   $6-$9 Snacks, $9-$12 Plates

 

Fun new concept: Someone tells you there’s a new spot opening up serving Singaporean street food! Sounds really interesting right? We thought so. For a little Dish Duel reunion, Stella, Amy, Jess and I met up at Hawker Bar in hopes of getting through the vast majority of the menu. We succeeded…in record time too. Read on…


Photo Credit: Karolyne Ellacott, Toronto Life

Food

So let’s put it this way, we figured we could take down most of the menu here between the four of us. That ended up not being too tough, but at the lightning pace the dishes were flying out of the kitchen, the whole thing’s a bit of a blur. We were constantly trying to get plates off the table to make room for new ones, so let’s just say this won’t be the most detailed review ever.

We started with the Son in Law Eggs (above), basically soft boiled eggs that are deep fried and glued to a leaf with chili jam. The yolks explode in your mouth - WARNING: if you don’t eat this in one bite it’s going to get all over you - the texture-mix is cool, and the chili jam is yummy.

Next up were pork skewers with peanut sauce. The pork was moist, the peanut sauce was a bit mild in flavour, but I like the larger nut pieces for texture.

These chicken wings were also pretty good, but I wanted them to be punchier. The chicken was moist, but I kept wanting them to be the wings from Foxley. If not saucy, be crispy or spicy. I didn’t find they were either.

I was disappointed by the chicken laksa (above). I’ve never been to Singapore, but I thought it was supposed to be spicy or pack a really nice flavour punch. To me, it was a bit muted and reminiscent of a lot of OK curries I’ve had before.

The chili crab had more of the chili flavour from the son in law eggs and the chicken wings. Even though it was a familiar taste, it was more intense and I’m a sucker for crab so I liked it.

The whole sea bream with lime, ginger and soy was OK. I liked the crispy outside, but I thought the fish might have been a bit over for my taste. The sauce on the plate was pretty tasty though.

This was probably my second favourite. The rendang curry was nice, but the ultra tender oxtail stole the dish. It literally melted. You could complain that it all sort of became mush, but that would be over-analyzing the whole thing.

This was another dish that I just didn’t get. By this point in the meal, there had been a lot of chili, ginger, and soy. This dish is essentially plain rice and plain (albeit juicy) chicken with three sauces: chili, ginger, and soy. It tasted like everything else we’d eaten so far. The puree of ginger needed a different delivery device too: the squeeze bottle doesn’t really work.

Then we moved onto dessert. This one was a shaved ice kacang (above) that had some sort of red bean paste on the top that was pretty much all you could taste. I had no idea what it should have been, but looking at the Wikipedia picture left me wanting more.

The meal did end on a good note though. These banana fritters had great, hot crispy shells, with ooey-gooey banana stuffed inside. Couldn’t place the ice cream flavour (red bean again?), but the cold-to-hot contrast did the job.

Service and Ambience

This place is little. I think I counted roughly 23 seats including those at the bar, so you’ll likely be waiting if you don’t go early. That said, it’s cozy and the big windows typical of these new Ossington spots are always welcome on sunny days. 


Photo Credit: Karolyne Ellacott, Toronto Life

On the service, I’ll say two things: (1) our server was friendly, hospitable, and attentive, and (2) the speed at which the food came out was ridiculous. When a group of four orders ten dishes, there’s no way it’s all going on the table with tea cups, water glasses, and side plates. Add that to the fact that we’re all blatantly taking pictures of the food, and there’s just no way all ten of those dishes should come out that quickly.

I think we all enjoyed the food significantly less because we were very rushed, to the point of it being uncomfortable. We wanted to taste the food at its best, but it’s hard when dishes are sitting out in a culinary traffic jam.

The Reco?

The food’s not bad here at all. And some dishes (crab, eggs, rendang, fritters) were actually quite good. I’d have liked a little more variety in the flavours, since a group of four can eat most of the dishes in one sitting. All said, the dining experience just didn’t work for us and the enjoyment of it all suffered as a result. I can’t recommend it based on that.

Other reviews:
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 Posted by: Jacob, Visited May 11, 2012

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SLICED: Tasty but I’m still hungry

416-971 4000    |    $4.75 - $12.75 full sandwich square

 

When I first heard there’d be a new gourmet sandwich shop opening up close to work that served Ravi Soups, I had to walk over that very same day. I love Ravi Soups and wanted a second location as close to me as possible, this was the next best thing. Check out my thoughts below.

Food

So the shop concept is that nearly everything is pre-made and pre-packaged, but super fresh and with gourmet ingredients. This includes sandwiches, salad, soups and sweets. The sandwich menu online is extensive, but not all are available every day so you roll the dice a bit if there’s something specific you want.

First off, two Ravi Soups are available daily in this middle serve-yourself island area (above). Variety-wise, it’s probably close to what your work cafeteria offers, but the difference is they’re damn good. You’ll also pay for it though, a medium isn’t that big, and at $6.95 it’s not particular great value.

The same can be said for the sandwiches unfortunately in my opinion. The cheapest full sandwich is $4.75 (a nutella and hazelnut sandwich), but all are made on square whole wheat pieces of bread and most are served cold in the fridge section. Most of the options with a protein start in the $8-$9 each range.

One friend sampled the lemony tuna above with tuna, lemon mayo, cucumber, watercress and pea sprouts and enjoyed it. She found it particularly lemony, so kudos on the naming convention.

Another friend had the best-selling Brick Lane Chicken (curry chicken, raisins, cashews, mango, spinach). She really enjoyed it and it smelled delicious to the rest of us.

I ordered The Roast, one of the two warm sandwich features of the day that had roast beef, horseradish and grain mustard aioli, onion confit, portobellos, brussel sprouts and gruyere. It was definitely tasty, but I was looking for more sharpness from the horseradish and mustard. Also, at $11.75 for just the sandwich, I was still hungry afterwards. I would highly recommend introducing some heftier bread options to make the sandwiches more substantial given the price range.

HOWEVER, because I mentioned how hungry I still was the co-owner Jordana brought over some chocolate and peanut butter sweets, which was much appreciated. Love it when people go that extra little bit out of the way!

Service and Ambience

Because of the DIY nature of the place, it runs on two folks in the front of house so on a busy lunch day I can see it getting pretty hectic if folks have questions or there’s a build up at the register. Fortunately, when we were there it was a bit after the rush so all ran smoothly.

My only feedback would be that the warm sandwich took something like 10 minutes to assemble and was the only order at the time. Again, during a busy lunch hour, that kind of turnaround time could cause some frustration for customers.

The Reco?

The most important part is that the food tastes good. The sandwiches are tasty, the options are unique in the area, and the staff are really friendly. These things alone make it worth a try.

What makes me hesitant to come back is the concept. To me, if I’m grabbing a quick soup and sandwich, value definitely comes into play. If you don’t have a big appetite but want something more interesting this is your spot. If you’re pretty hungry come lunch hour, maybe not.

 Posted by: Jacob, Visited Mar 8, 2012

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ST. LAWRENCE MARKET: Pies and Tarts

So this clearly isn’t a restaurant review, but instead a post about one of the cooking classes I recently attended at Toronto’s awesome St. Lawrence Market (seen in all it’s glory below).


The view from the Miele Market Kitchen where class takes place.

The Pies and Tarts class was one of the Saturday classes from 12:00-3:00pm, so what better activity than to browse through the treasures of the market before class starts. If you haven’t been, the market is two big floors jam-packed with more or less every food product you can think of. Since nearly every store has a specialty, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for.

I had one of the famous breakfast-in-a-bun peameal sandwiches (above) from Carousel Bakery and very much enjoyed its thinly sliced bacon and warm fried egg contents while perusing the shops. 

Following breakfast, it was time to head up to the Market Kitchen. Our class was roughly 15 people, mostly in twos and mostly female. That said, being one of the few guys in the class gave me a useful handicap throughout the baking activities. Speaking of the ‘activities’, the goal of the class was to walk you through four different pies/tarts, each helping you learn the basics of different techniques. The dishes are below.

Classes are lead by a few experienced chefs who both demonstrate and guide you through things start-to-finish. We were lead by three, and split it up into three groups who cycled through each of the tourtiere, mixed nut tart and galette stations. Before it all got going, there was a quick puff pastry demo. Was nice to know most people (and restaurants) don’t make their puff from scratch. A lot of these ‘Did You Knows?’ are spread throughout the session. Here’s a slice of the pissaladiere with olive, anchovies, gruyere and caramelized onions.

I won’t go through every detail of making the others, but I can say it certainly was educational. As a complete noob when it comes to baking, I felt pretty comfortable and I thought the instruction in the hands-on segments was very helpful. 

I think the best tasting I ate during the session was the apple-blackberry galette. A really nice flavour combination that had a little lemon zest in their as well to really brighten everything with the flaky pastry. Here’s a large one being cut below:

Perhaps the best looking was the mixed-nut tart. Essentially its a pecan pie with hazelnuts and walnuts. In my opinion, it’s got a little more depth and crunch than your average pecan pie and not as much sugary, caramel-like filling. Had a lot of fun making it as well. A pic below:

We also made and took home tourtiere’s to bake for ourselves that turned out to be one of the better ones I’ve ever eaten. 

All in all, it’s a great class for $50/person. There’s plenty of food, the instruction is clear, and you get to meet some new people which is always nice in settings like this. Would definitely recommend it. I’ll be heading to the Cooking with Game Meats session next. For the full list of upcoming events, check them out here.

Posted by: Jacob, Visited Jan 14th, 2012

MARBEN: Marbelous





416-979-1990   |   $13-29 ‘mains’

Yes, I know the title is cheesy and ridiculous, but I really really like this place. I went for my birthday a few months back and everything  I tasted made me smile like a complete goof. Having finally returned, I’m happy to write this review and spread word about this spot you aren’t likely to walk into unless you know it’s there.


Photo Credit: Marben Site

Food

Generally speaking, the menu is built for sharing but can be tackled the conventional ‘do you want a bite of MY food’ kind of way. I wouldn’t say it’s a french menu, but there’s a healthy dose of it throughout with added touches of Italy and east Asia here and there. The menu also changes quite frequently, and on my last visit featured ceviche, cotechino, plus other items not represented on yesterday’s menu.

This time I started with a side of the sage and brown butter gnocchi (above) with brussel sprouts and some crispy shallots and nuts on top. Gnocchi were soft and the brussel sprout (if you’re a fan) is always a welcome green taste. The crunch on top with the delicate pasta pillows below was well-paired. My two friends had the butternut squash soup, which they both heartily enjoyed on a very chilly night.

Next up were the mains. I’ve heard great things about the burger before arriving and had that reinforced when my friend commented the juiciness and fantastic sauce that dripped into the soft bun. She was very complimentary.

My other friend had the smoked pork chop (above, apologies for the candle-litness) with apple puree, caramalized onions, sage and pork jus. Suffice to say, it was obvious this would taste good before it came. Conventional flavour pairings worked well, but the execution of a beautifully smoky and juicy pork chop made this an even more successful dish.

My main was the sous-vide rainbow trout (above) topped with threads of fried leek and a barigoule sauce (essentially an earthy, vegetable-filled sauce). The great thing about a sous-vide protein is it creates a uniform texture throughout, so my fish had a great rare, buttery texture to it that made it melt in your mouth. The leeks on top (described as leek fries) didn’t really come off as leeks and I thought there could have been more of the vegetables from the barigoule on the plate. Still a tasty dish with great textures that I’d happily eat again.

Finally, we finished with desserts. We ordered two of the apple puddings (above) topped with mascarpone creme, some bailey’s caramel, and a touch of salt. The baileys was subtle but present, the apple pudding was warm, soft, but not falling apart, and the salt on the end was a smart finish. 

The other dessert was an earl grey creme brulee that was probably my favourite bite of the night. Even though I had a cold and needed to work a bit to find flavours all night, the earl grey was easy and delicious. Loved this dish.

Service and Ambience

On both my visits, I found our servers very friendly, laid-back (but attentive) and really knowledgeable. I liked how they let you know the cooking techniques behind some of the dishes when ordered, because there’s a big difference between a crispy, seared piece of trout and one that’s been sous-vide. 

From an ambience perspective, this place is…woodsy and warm. There’s wood everywhere: tables, walls, floors, in paintings, you name it. But once you get over it, it’s a very comfortable and lively atmosphere. The open kitchen with bar seating at the back of the room is also a nice touch.

The Reco?

If it’s not obvious by now something is wrong with you. You should definitely go. I’ve yet to have something I don’t like here, and it’s very unique in this city to have the range of comfort food to haute cuisine this place does at very reasonable prices. It’s not perfect, but it’s hard for me to name another place I’d rather have in my neighbourhood. Enjoy.

Other reviews:
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Posted by: Jacob, Visited Jan 5, 2012

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OSTERIA CICERI E TRIA: Classic and simple





416-504-1992   |   $12-30 entrees

Visited Bettola, its conjoined semi-twin earlier in the year and decided to give the Osteria try…just to say I’d been to both. Classic and simple is how I’d describe it.

Food

Here’s what I wrote for Bettola below. I’d write this paragraph again for Osteria almost verbatim:

"Menu reads like a run-through of Italian flavour combinations 101. There’s really nothing you haven’t seen before if you’re familiar with the cuisine. I wouldn’t say it’s a ‘twist on traditional’ kind of place."

Outside of the frequently tweaked menu, the switch of pizza for proteins, and the location slightly north of the other, these places are quite similar.

We started with a selection of five seafood antipasti (above). From left to right: tuna tartare was better sans oily chip, octopus salad was fresh and not chewy, battered shrimp tender juicy, oyster was forgettable, and calamari + radicchio was a nice combo. Overall a pleasant little grouping, but $20 for the simple and very small portions didn’t quite seem right.

We then moved onto the mains with a potato gnocchi and bistecchina (grilled tenderloin, above). Both were well-executed. Potato gnocchi with tomato and basil were fluffy and flavours were clean. Bistecchina melted in your mouth, served classically with arugula, balsamic and cherry tomatoes. 

The two of us finished admittedly hungry, so onto dessert we went for the Dolcetto Fondente (dark chocolate hazelnut cake/pudding served in a cup topped with a zabaione sauce, above). This way my personal favourite of the meal. The cake was perfectly dark and gooey, and especially delightful with some hazelnuts tossed in for some crunch.

Service and Ambience

Service was uneventful and friendly. I’ll give credit where it’s due though and thank our server for recommending the dulce at the end. Much appreciated.

Like Bettola, I liked the look of a space that felt both rustic, simple, and modern at the same time. Open ceiling, geometric graphics on wall/placemats. I very much enjoy this style and think it works well for the Terroni franchise generally.

The Reco?

In the area, its probably a good idea to head here for a guaranteed pleasant Italian meal. I don’t think you’ll be wow’d necessarily and I questioned the portion sizes a couple times, but I did enjoy the food for the most part. I do feel dumb for not actually ordering the Ciceri e Tria (traditional Pugliese stew). It’s probably really good…let me know. Cheers.

Other reviews:
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Posted by: Jacob, Visited Dec 23, 2011

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QUEEN & BEAVER: Fish, chips, and so much more

647-347-2712    |    $16-$24 mains

 

Don’t find myself on Elm St. too much, but friend of mine recommended this pub(lic house) and I remembered reading Toronto Life’s 2009 endorsement as a Top 10 new restaurant. It was cold out, I wanted comfort food. 

Food

I would call this a ‘gastropub’, but it’s really more traditional British fare done really well with the occasional tweak or added ingredient. The menu is really difficult in a good way: it’s tough to figure out what to order. We lamented for about 10 minutes or so before making a decision. The beer choices aren’t abundant, but feature some unique choices while the wine menu is quite extensive for a pub. 

I decided to test the classic fish & chips. What an amazing call this was. This is the best fish and chips I’ve ever tasted. Beautifully done fish, flaky, moist, great buttery texture. The batter is light, very crunchy, and not greasy. The accompanying tartar sauce is great, and has a distinct presence of caper that worked really well. 

It’s served with potentially the best fries I’ve ever eaten. A subtle crisp, lots of smooth potato on the inside, perfectly seasoned, served with a nice homemade tomato ketchup with a marinara-like consistency. Just spot-on.

The other two dishes at the table were the rabbit and potato pie (left) - we were told by the table of regulars next to us that it’s a favourite - and the kedgeree (right).

The pie was delicious, moist, and flavoural, while the Kedgeree was a little more delicate with a mild yellow curry flavour, a nice poached egg to give the rice a risotto feel. Also included english peas, smoked haddock, and almonds to round everything out. Both great choices for lunch. We also watched the regulars beside us thoroughly enjoy a venison cobbler special.

We finished with a scoop of whiskey-gingerbread ice cream (tasty, not killer) and sticky toffee pudding (approaching killer).

Service and Ambience

I found the service to be good for the most part. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. She described dishes well and could speak to a lot of the menu with a personal perspective. Food all came out of the kitchen at a good pace for a decently busy lunch hour. Took us a while to pay and get the bill which was a bit odd given the place emptied out by the time we were looking to settle up.


Inside looks great in my opinion. Very homey, traditional pub feel in an old Victorian house. Would probably be an awesome place to enjoy a football (soccer) match, especially upstairs with the big screen TV. It all adds to the cuisine and makes more a really authentic experience.

The Reco?

Definitely go. If it’s not the best fish and chips you’ve had in a while, you must tell me where your epic challenger is served. I’m giving this a 3.5 which I usually reserve for more ‘refined’ restaurants, but I enjoyed this too much. Hope you do too.

Other reviews:
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 Posted by: Jacob, Visited Nov 30, 2011

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ETSU: Best sushi on Baldwin

416-599-4200    |    45 Baldwin St.

No website that I can find for menu details and haven’t sampled anything other than the sushi here (well, unless sake counts) so I’ll go with a mini review here.

Food

I’ve had a bunch of sushi at this spot before and always come away very happy with the value here. It’s not super cheap, but very reasonable for above average Japanese and Korean. I’ve heard good things about the Korean dishes, but since all I’ve had is the sushi, I’ll focus on the three rolls we sampled today.

The two featured above are the caterpillar (no need to point it out) and Rick’s Roll. These are two favourites on the special roll menu. Each is around $10, quite big, and are delicious. The caterpillar has BBQ eel (unagi) inside with creamy avocado layered on top with some garnish and sauce to make it look like it’s animal relative. Could use more eel given the size.

The Rick’s Roll has - I’m probably gonna mess this up since there’s no website to double check - tempura shrimp, softchell crab, and tobiko with a variety of toppings and a distinct ginger finish. This was the table favourite. Had the spider roll as well, but that fell a little flat.

Of course, topped it off with an 8oz bottle of sake between the three of us for really cheap as well.

Service and Ambience

Warm and pleasant servers with frequent refills of the tea/water always appreciated. Also spoke to the owner as we were heading out and he let us know there’d be a new Taylor roll (his name’s Taylor) with different preparations of prawn. Good to know. 

The inside is long and narrow but the tables are very spacious and the chairs are quite comfortable. Also large prints of Taylor’s unique photography grace the walls and add some quirky character to the joint.

The Reco?

Easily the best place on Baldwin for sushi and probably the best in the general area before you hit Chinatown. Will continue to come back here for sushi lunch and recommend the same to you should you be in the area. Cheers.

Other reviews:
 blogTO  |     Toronto Life    |   Sushi Toronto

 Posted by: Jacob, Visited Nov 23, 2011

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ORIGIN: Plates you won’t want to share

416-406-8009    |    $6-$29 sharing plates

 

I’ve been to Origin three times now, two in the summer and just recently. I liked the variety and concept, but wasn’t really impressed by any one dish. The menu has been tweaked a bit since then, and I think it’s for the better. I’ll detail last night’s experience, but the recommendation is based on all three visits as a whole.

Food

The menu is divided into Snacks, Raw, Mozza Bar, Chilled, Hot and Sweet. If there isn’t at least three things that interest you, you’re probably crazy. Only issue is price: $17 mozza on crustini plates and $12 for a small fry portion aren’t exactly good value. In any case, here are some quick hits on what we sampled:

  • Spicy spanish fries, chorizo, manchego: Essentially Spanish poutine and it’s delicious. It won’t surprise you, it won’t refresh you, but it will make you happy.

  • Buffalo mozzarella, pear, rosemary oil, pine nuts, honey on crustini (below): I’ve had this all three times I’ve gone for a reason. Sweet, savoury, nutty, and cheese. Win.

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Photo Credit: Sammylicious.net

  • Buffalo mozzarella, pesto, eggplant, roasted red pepper: More conventional flavours, roasted red pepper is the dominant flavour though.

  • Duck, flour tortillas, cucumber, hoisin, sriracha, sour cream: This is a winning combination. Everyone around the table enjoyed.

  • Jerk rock hen, fried rice, grapefruit, coconut, mango: A lot of people’s favourite around the table. Hen was tender, flavours bright.

  • Chorizo, manchego risotto, poached egg, salsa verde, dried black olive: Very successful. Risotto forms the creamy body, poached egg adds to richness, chorizo is spice, salsa verde is bright, and black olive adds salt. Not much for texture here, but doesn’t really matter. 

Other dishes (above) I’d recommend testing out are the deviled eggs (you’ll hear about these from anyone you talk to about this place) and the spicy tuna hand roll with apple, shiso, miso mayo, and amaranth. 

Service and Ambience

Lots to look at inside this place in the dining area and in the lounge space; the deep purple is an interesting palate for the funky light fixtures and furniture, and it fits the eclectic food choices.

Initially service was a little bumpy as we were told we’d all need to eat from the $50 prix fixe menu due to the growth of our group from 5 to 7 diners. After some ‘Really? Why would we want to do that?’, we were able to go a la carte for all.

The Reco?

You should definitely go. Are you likely to be blown away? Maybe. Is it going to be expensive? Probably. But as a couple or big group, you can get an unrivaled variety of well-executed sharing plates that’s likely to leave you satisfied.

Other reviews:
Toronto Life   |Globe and Mail|Toronto Star

 Posted by: Jacob, Visited Nov 12, 2011

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ELLE M’A DIT: Déjeuner délicieux

416-531-4447    |    $10-18 entrees

 

Just when you thought you’ve tried all the spots on Baldwin, something else pops up. Kept forgetting about this place until this afternoon. Its clear now that I won’t be forgetting it anytime soon.

Food

The lunch menu is a perfect size, offering a variety of tartes flambees (think thin flatbread), sandwiches and a sprinkling of other intriguing options. There’s also some surprisingly refined desserts if you’re having ‘one of those mornings’.

To start, we shared pike quenelle dumplings in a mushroom bisque. This was awesome. I’m still craving another serving. Quenelle is a mixture of creamed fish (in this case) with some breadcrumbs and egg to bind everything in the dumpling. The mushroom bisque was hearty and savoury like a stew, and balanced by the white fish in a way I haven’t tasted before. It wasn’t at all strange, the flavours just made sense.

We each followed the app with a tarte given that it appeared to be the lunch specialty. I’d say the best part was the execution on the crispy thin crust. It’s the kind of texture I’d love to see more on pizza. Each one was tasty in its own way, with my friend using the phrase ‘yum, yum, yum’ on more than one occasion. 


Grilled portobello (top) and Sauerkraute (bottom) tartes flambées

  • The duck confit with potato, onion and gruyere was pleasant with duck flavour front and centre. 
  • Grilled portobello, sun-dried tomatoes, gruyere and pesto topped a balanced and flavourful veggie option. 
  • The last we sampled was the house-made smoked sausage, sauerkraut, and gruyere. Mild flavours overall, but again it was enjoyable.

With success up to that point, it was clear dessert was worth a shot. As I said, unusually complex desserts were available for lunch so we took the plunge and went for two options.

  • Blueberry cornbread, lemon curd, mixed berry frozen yogurt and candied ginger was great. Tart, sweet, warm, cold, chewy, soft. It had it all. Cornbread in composed desserts is a good call.
  • Chocolate terrine, salted caramel ice cream, cherries, dried apricot, and almonds. Definitely the more decadent of the two with the chocolate and ice cream (so good), but the variety of textures and forms of sweetness made it work. A more prominent darker/bitter chocolate probably would have rounded it out for me.

(apologies for not grabbing pics here, dishes were begging to be eaten)

You know it was a good meal when your friend comments ‘I feel so good’ on the stroll back to the office. Very satisfying overall.

Service and Ambience

It’s a pretty small dining area downstairs, with more room upstairs. Pretty sparsely decorated, but in a charming way. I don’t usually comment on the music choice, but it really helped add to the french bistro ambience. A nice touch.

The Reco?

You should go for lunch, dinner, or just dessert. I have faith the dinner menu holds similarly pleasant options. I will definitely be stopping by again.

Other reviews:
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 Posted by: Jacob, Visited Nov 8, 2011

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