Had dinner at Peter Pan on Queen last night before the Buddy Miller show at the 'shoe.
Service was pleasant and attentive without being annoying. I was dining with a friend I have not seen in several months, and I was pleased by the waitress's ability to leave us alone to ignore the menus. She checked back periodically but not so often that we felt pressured. More hot water for my tea was offered just before I finished my previous cup, which was excellent timing.
Started with a roasted squash salad that was different than what I expected from reading the menu, but very, very good. A mix of roasted squash and poached pears served on a bed of greens with a creamy dressing. It was a nice blend of flavours.
I followed with the smoked chicken fusilli. Lightly tossed in a light cream sauce (that was actually light, instead of the heavy, glompy white sauce that's all too common), the dish included smoked chicken, spinache and goat cheese. The smokey flavour in the chicken was a nice change from the usual dull grilled chicken breast that would be included in a dish like this. The salty goat cheese was generously added to the dish as well. The only real disappointment with this main was the pre-ground parmesan that was offered as an add on. Even cheap chain restaurants have learned to use grated parm.
My dining companion ordered the pad thai and pronounced it excellent, especially enjoying the sauce. He's a bit of a pad thai snob, so I take this as high praise indeed.
We bypassed dessert on account of being full from the mains which were generous. I'm not sure what the final bill looked like, as my dining companion picked up the cheque, but as I recall apps were mostly $9, and mains $15-$20.
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