Our party of four went to Melanie's Bistro for dinner tonight. Place was quaint and cozy. Even though the restaurant was packed, however, service through out our meal was most friendly and efficient. Three of us ordered the crab cakes with apple slaw and spicy aioli ($10 ) for appertizers. Unlike description by some previous posters, our crab cakes were served piping hot. The cake has almost zero fillers and tasted fresh and delicious. An apple and celery soup of the day ( $5 ) was surprisingly good as well. Our Coq au vin entree ( $18 ) was flavourful but could use a bit more sauce. Star of the evening was the Cornish game hen special ( $20 ) which was served with garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed spinach and a 'to die for' port marinated cranberry meat jus. For dessert ( all $6 each ) we ordered the dark chocolate mousse cake with 'tri-berries' compote as well as a peach crumble cake a la mode. All desserts including the ice cream were home made and yummy. A steal at $6!!
For once I agree with Toronto Life awarding it a 3*. Comparing to another bistro like Batifole ( 2.5* ), I found Melanie's food is tastier, more refined, better presented and better value. The last meal I had at Batifole a few weeks back was pseudo-disaster. Food was sloppily prepared, rough at the edges and not that appealing in both presentation and taste. BTW, IMO, Melanie's food is also better than the 3* Trattoria Zucca, which I find over-rated and somewhat mediocre. For decent Italian, Mistura or Il Mulino are better choices!