After reading several less than stellar reviews on this board, my hubby and I decided to throw caution to the wind and try out this restaurant on Queen E (in our 'hood). We were pleasantly surpirsed by both the service (professional, prompt, friendly but not overly so) and the food (small menu, but well executed). Uninspired flat breads met us soon after sitting - not thrilling, but the pumpkiny hummus-ish dip was nice. Starters: grilled calamari for moi and soup of the day (scallop and clam chowder) for him. I thought the calamari was stellar - perfectly cooked with salty black olives and chewy chic peas...soup was for my taste a bit bland, but scallops were delish. Mains: croquettes on braised oxtail with rapini for me, sirloin meatloaf with garlic mash and green beans for Mike. Now, I don't claim to be an expert in either croquettes or oxtail, but both seemed to be the perfect food for a cold pre-winter night..although if I have to pick - perhaps the croquettes were a bit over-cooked (too hard on the outside) - though the inside was warm and cheesy and rice-y yum. The meatloaf dish, while very nicely prepared (and a good sized portion) was missing a little something in my opinion, but Mike did not complain...plate was cleaned. We also ordered a side of beer battered onion rings, just because (really, really good but made even better with a wee bit of ketchup...blasphemy perhaps to some).
There just was not room for dessert, although I did covet the cheese plate. Add in a 500ml of Cotes de Rhone (29.00) and the total bill was 98.00 for two before tip. I really liked the bottle of water (tap, but a nice presentation anyway) provided for us (so easy to please) as well as the timing of the meal - unhurried but we weren't waiting forever - as well as the variety on the rather smallish menu. Would I go back? Sure - there were several dishes I was eager to try. Hopefully this restaurant is taking the less than glowing feedback to heart and trying a little harder to please!