4 Stars Overall Experience
4 Stars Price
3 Stars on Service
4 Stars on Enjoyment of Food
3.5 Stars on Atmosphere
You can tell this is a local hot spot for the Bay Streeters of Toronto as it was jam packed on a Friday night after work. It has a bit more of a bar feel then restaurant and it was crowded making it a bit challenging to navigate around the place. Booths, tall tables, TVs on the walls and lots of loud voices, this wouldn’t be an ideal place for a quiet romantic dinner, but good time with a few friends or co-workers for sure.
I had made reservations and upon arrival we were asked to follow the host to our seats, but then we were stopped mid way to the table as he was told our table wasn’t ready. He suggested we grab a drink at the bar, which we did. Our table server made no distinct impression on us and she was a little overbearing at times as well (clearly trying to move us in and out quickly). No big complaints, but nothing to write home about.
The Cranberry Mojito was pretty good. There was definitely a bit of effort put into it and there was a nice tart flavour. I have had better Mojito’s, but it was still pretty good. Bit pricey, but to be expected in the location I was in.
The soup had a nice bite to it. Couldn’t really taste any curry, but it had a good flavour. Nice on a cold winter night.
I was extremely excited that one of my dining partners was willing to share the main, so I got to try 2 options on the Winterlicious menu. Both dishes were originally made with meat & chicken, but the restaurant offered to make vegetarian versions of them. The Mac n’ Cheese had some very yummy, shredded and fried sweet potato on top. It was covered in a very light cheese sauce and served in a cast iron skillet. The Pierogis were served over a butternut squash puree and shredded brussels
sprouts with a side of jalapeno crema. They were fried and the accompaniments complimented them nicely. I really enjoyed both dishes and would 100% order them again. If I had to choose one, I would probably say that the pierogis pulled forward a bit as they had a bit more interesting flavours thanks to the sprouts, puree and crema.
Again I got the best of both worlds as I had a willing to share partner. We had the Trifle (angle cake, preserves and whipped cream) and the Apple Cobbler (served with vanilla ice cream). Both desserts were served in a mason jar…which seems to be the new thing…and both were enjoyed. If I had to pick between the 2, the cobbler won as there is nothing better then warm winter spices, soft apples with a cold vanilla ice cream melting into the mix.
The Winterlicious menu sure was and there were lots of options for me to eat, which was appreciated. The regular menu is a bit more restrictive, but based on the fact that they were able to accommodate my dietary restrictions during Winterlicious, I am sure they would turn some of their dishes on their regular menu to be vegetarian friendly if asked.
The Winterlicious price of $25 for all 3 courses was more than fair. Portion sizes were decent and it was all enjoyed.
If you are looking for a dinner out where you will be elbow to elbow with downtown laywers and bankers looking to let loose then its a good place to be. Food was good and it was a lively atmosphere (albeit a bit loud and crowded). I would venture back here in the future.
Time of Dinner: 6:30pm
Date: Friday Feb 5th, 2016
- Cranberry Mojito
- Curry Cauliflower Soup
- Sweet Potato Mac n’ Cheese and Potato & Cheddar Pierogis (shared)
- SE21 Trifle and Apple Cobbler (shared)