The review in the recent Toronto Life enticed me to try this restaurant last night. For those who have not heard of it, it is a relatively new restaurant on Queen East (about 1.5 blocks east of Yonge), that is connected to the new private women's club Verity. The restaurant, however, is open to the public. I was initially uneasy about the whole private club association, but thankfully the restaurant does seem quite separate. You enter it directly from the street.
George is a very nice addition to the local restaurant scene - I have no disagreements with Chatto's review. The menu is a hybrid of tasting menu/small plates idea. You can have up to 5 courses. Three will suffice for dinner, 4 will leave you very satisfied and full (you will start with amuse bouche as well - last night it was a very delicate tuna tartar). We had 4 dishes each, with 4 glasses of wine in total and 2 espressos - the total for two came to $166.
Amongst the stars - foie gras with ribs in a delicious jus - both pieces of meat incredibly tender, well complimented with a zucchini tempura. Ricotto gnocchi - silky in texture, with small pieces of chanterelles (I think, it wasn't my dish) in again a full-flavoured reduction. We also had oysters with tobiko and a little piece of jelly (the jelly was tasty on its own but could not stand up to the powerful flavour of the oysters), a crab/avocado salad, and two deserts. The deserts were very salid but less memorable than the savoury dishes. Service is excellent - very attentive, friendly, not obtrusive. The space is also very nice - large loft rooms, warmed up with wood and other soft materials, very funky light fixtures. Definitely a place for a special night, but not so formal that you can't go there for a casual dinner. The restaurant is quite large, and it was busy, but on a Thursday night we didin't need reservations.
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