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Fino restaurant and gourmet shop

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Fino restaurant and gourmet shop

davyboy | Jun 4, 2009 04:13 PM

I have eaten a couple of times at this quite new place on the south side of Sherbrooke just west of Guy. Apparently it's a new branch of an upscale grocery and prepared takeout place on Nun's island, but which has no restaurant. The restaurant space is downstairs and the gourmet takeout/speciality grocery is upstairs from the entrance. The decor is spectacular - they have obviously spent a lot of money and I wish them well in this struggling economy.
The food is what I would classify as modern fusion with Italian overtones and the menu is quite expansive. They even have a raw bar. The first time I ate there, I had the lamb shank (reasonably priced at $21) which was not only enormous but excellent, melt in your mouth good, served with a change from the normal veggies - baby squash, coloured baby carrots, bok choy and velvety mashed potatoes. My dining companion had their hamburger which she pronounced excellent and which was served with superb Yukon Gold fries (although a little pricey, I thought, at $18).
The second time was last Friday evening with the Friday Night Dinner Group (a group which, obviously, meets each Friday night at different restaurants) and it was the first time I had recommended a restaurant for our outing. Well, we were about 18, and everyone there had only positive comments. I won't go into detail about what each person had, but everyone was very pleased. I had the breaded calamari and zucchini sticks as an appetizer, which were very good and their braised rabbit dish (half a rabbit) as a main, which literally melted in my mouth.
The menu is extensive with many appetizers, pastas, meat and fish mains, as well as grilled meat mains, and the aforementioned raw bar.
BTW, portions are very generous, so sharing an appetizer is recommended. I would classify the prices as medium to low high - figure $100 minimum for dinner for two with a couple of glasses of wine including tax and tip.
For the record, I have absolutely no connection to this place and sorry that this has turned into a rather long post.

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