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Pic Nic Queen St East

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Julie McCoy | | Jul 11, 2008 09:24 AM

Pic Nic is a nicely designed restaurant on Queen, east of Broadview. Set up mostly as a wine bar with platters. For $20 you choose 2 cheeses, 2 meats and 3 condiments (things like olives, apricot chutney, appples, roasted peppers) which is served with a basket of bread. Charcuterie served up in a unique way, really. I did enjoy the platters and wine selection very much. Not a massive wine list, but one that I found plenty to enjoy on. There are also soups, salads and panini sandwiches. Specials are on offer and the choice was a braised lamb shank or a roasted chicken breast. The lamb was not a hit at our table - rather than the sumptuous, melty meat dish I would expect - it was dry and really not seasoned well enough for our tastes. The chicken was excellently cooked, very tender, though not 'inspired'. Soup again, lacked seasoning. We did not try the two desserts so can't comment there.

The staff were fantastic (appropriately handled the aspects we weren't thrilled with) and the decor nice (though stools at the communal table may put some off who prefer a back to their chair). Even the washrooms were incredibly nice (there is a wheelchair accessible one as well). I would heartily recommend stopping in for wine and platters, but perhaps give the cooked food a miss for now....

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