I've had several decent dinners at this place, but was pretty disappointed by the brunch today. The food quality seems to have slipped. I haven't been to any Il Fornello locations in over a year, but my last experiences at Il Fornello were better than this recent experience at O & B.
Ordered the Mac & Cheese- which was different than any version I've encountered. Butter toasted breadcrumbs on top, generous strips of bland/dry chicken breast, clumps of goat cheese here and there, peas everywhere, thin cream sauce separated from the dried out elbow mac. The sauce didn't stick to the macaroni, instead it sat at the bottom of the dish. Salty & rich. I'm guessing this is what mac & cheese would be like if you don't start with a roux, and decide to just use cream, with no flour. Surprisingly, the Rebel House and Le Petit Castor's versions left a better taste in my mouth. I have to stop ordering mac & cheese when I'm out, because surprisingly few restaurants get right was is relatively easy to do well at home.
I ordered a fresh squeezed OJ. What arrived at the table was the pale yellowish colour of Tropicana, and it certainly tasted like Tropicana.
I mentioned to the server that I wanted the fresh squeezed OJ, and I thought that maybe they had accidently brought me Tropicana. She explained that what she served was fresh squeezed OJ and that she had poured it from a jug that was full of fresh squeezed OJ. She brought the jug to the table to prove it. The jug was labeled freshly squeezed OJ, but the label also mentioned that this was freshly squeezed OJ from Florida. Squeezed and packaged in Florida. The "freshly" squeezed OJ from Whole Foods or Pusateri's is much closer to fresh squeezed OJ than what O & B is serving at $4.50 a glass. Hope O & B will consider juicing its own oranges in the future, or purchasing juice through one of the better grocery stores in TO.
In the future, I'll have to remember to look for inhouse squeezed OJ, or remember to clarify where the oranges are freshly squeezed before ordering OJ in TO.
The omelettes and quiches at my table looked pretty average, but the salads heading to other tables looked like they might have been better bets.
What do you like to order on the brunch or lunch menu?
Oliver & Bonacini
2901 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M2K 1E6, CA