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The Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, poor final impressions


Restaurants & Bars Ontario (inc. Toronto) Wine Bar

The Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, poor final impressions

chef_vegabond | | Apr 26, 2010 07:03 AM

It's very hard not to love this place (the Local Kitchen and Wine Bar) as soon as you walk into this former antique store turned local boite. I love sitting elbow to elbow with people and when we were taken to a table that barely sat the two of us and a third chair was removed, these are all very good first impressions for me. Our server was green yet attentive and pleasant. We drank Malivoire Chardonnay which I believe goes for $20.00 a bottle and was sold to us for $8.00 a glass again, I get the feeling I'm in the right place. We share four courses, to start the lolo rosa salad for $10.00 comes with roasted squash and gorgonzola dressing, would of just liked and extra dash of dressing and it would of been perfect, everything is very well matched here, second the gnocchi, now maybe I'm just ignorant and have never heard of some regional variation in Italy where they smoke the potatoes but I strongly feel that there is a time for creativity and there is a time to follow tradition. Even (as in the case here) if you're going to use a piping bag to shape your gnocchis, don't get all creative when it comes to comfort food. That is just my opinion but I feel strongly about it. Having said all of that, the gnocchis were perfectly executed. We had the Ontario whitefish sided with a dandelion salad, very good, only complaint is that I feel we deserved a little more than a 3oz portion for the $15.00 we paid for it. Dessert was fantastic, the name slips my mind at the moment.
Now so far, everything that I have said makes this place worthy of return visits and I am not against returning. However the espressos come, the creme could of been better but they are still totally passable espressos, when we try them we both agree they taste like ones we'd get at a Portuguese sports bar in our neighbourhood. Not that there is anything wrong with that but Local wears its food philosophy on its sleeve. We ask what brand of coffee they use, our server tells us the coffee beans come pre portioned, pre packaged and she presents us with one. I quickly scan for a fair trade logo and find none, I look at the brand name, I've seen the logo around before. It's an Italian brand that I can't remember. As highly hypocritical as it is for them not to serve fair trade or god forbid organic coffee we forgive them since we've had such a good time. We just wish they wouldn't act so righteous about what they're serving. Before we leave we both visit the washroom and both noticed the same thing. Flat screen tv which is replaying the same picture, it could pass of as novel and slightly pretentious in another establishment but for a place that preaches sustainability we couldn't help but shake our heads.

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