is a great Bar Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 19 Restaurants in Old Town Toronto.
The Latest Review: ★★★★★
Sent on the 6th of January, 2010
Qualicum Beach scallops are as sweet as scallops get. They've been painstakingly gilded, topped with a dab of intensely cooked-down smoky bacon and apple compote, and they sit upon a bed of barely pickled house-made sauerkraut. If sauerkraut can be delicate, this is it. His strip loin of beef is served blood rare and juicy tender, making sweet love to buttery Brussels sprouts and red-onion pure that has been cooked down slowly on ultra-low heat for four hours.
Rank #1 of 19
But some days the steak has no sizzle. One evening, we eat squash soup with no pizzazz and overcooked Cornish hen in humdrum tomato sauce. That same day, there are mini-burgers with sunchoke pickles, but he pickles are too sugary and nobody asks how we'd like our burgers cooked. (Medium well doesn't cut it.)
The poutine, meanwhile, is composed of crispy frites, but is topped with too-sweet brisket. And where's the gravy?
Then come the cheeses, of impeccable artisanal provenance, but served refrigerator-cold.
Dessert-wise, the pastry chef would do well to vary the menu. With three of the four desserts being heavy and old-school, they don't bear repeat attention. A deep-fried empanada-style apple turnover is not my idea of entertaining sugar, nor is spice cake. While cut from the same cloth, sticky toffee pudding is happily soft and moist, its toffee sauce buttery/sugary heaven.