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Jamie Kennedy Gardiner Review

Julie McCoy | | Jun 28, 2007 08:49 AM

Went yesterday for the first time. Have previously had great experiences at the Wine Bar, so relatively high expectations going in.
Wonderful location, views, feel and temperature. In a 40+ degree day, it was the perfect temperature and layout with the airy feel of glass and high ceilings (though I'm not sure how it would feel in January). Was offered the chance to sit on the patio which I would have taken on a day I wouldn't be in danger of melting.
Loved the view, loved the service. The food was.....okay. Menu offered plenty of choices I was intrigued by which was excellent, but I was not excited by the dishes we had beyond them being....okay. Had the frites which of course were good and then the hip of beef sandwich. Was excited by the look of it, an open faced pile of shaved beef on soft bread, but the flavour was merely of the horseradishy sauce. It didn't have any other flavours going on and seemed as though the beef was solely a vehicle for the sauce and didn't have a flavour of its own. My date had the chicken pot pie with a beet/raisin compote. The compote was fantastic - the beets exploding with flavour. The pie had a nice crust, flaky and beautifully baked. The filling again was okay, though nothing I would recommend as a must-try. $30 each for shared frites and 2 mains with tax/tip. No wine or dessert (just too hot!). Clientele mixed - business lunches, friends, museum-goers.

In the end, I think I would give it another try on the chance we picked lacklustre dishes, but I would do so with the knowledge that it would likely be the last try.