Restaurants & Bars

Review of Mirto

Ice Queen | Feb 6, 2006 09:02 AM

Mirto is an Italian restaurant at 25 Toronto Street, at Adelaide. It’s a lovely old building, looks like it used to be a bank. They’ve been there about 9 months.

Inside it is large and roomy…and empty. The walls are a calm buttery yellow. There are wrought iron accents and lanterns with candles. There are the ubiquitous old fashioned French and Italian posters for Cinzano and the like.

There was a hockey game on the tv above the bar and the music was, oddly, Motown. I love Motown. Just not very romantic Italian.

The server was friendly and accommodating. He opened some wine for us to try before we ordered a bottle. The wine prices are reasonable with many under $50.

A basket of salty focaccia and a dish of chilli spiced olive oil to start was not original, but classically tasty. No complaints so far.

My husband started with a potato leek soup, which was much nicer than I had expected – more leeky than potatoey with just a touch of cream. Then, there was quite a wait for the entrees.

For mains, I had the supreme of chicken, with correctly crisp skin, served with a tomato jam redolent of BBQ sauce spicing and a potato hash with tiny shrimp (?!). Neither worked. But the chicken was tasty.

My husband had the striploin steak, cooked to order, with mashed potatoes and greens (asparagus, rapini). It was fine.

For dessert, my husband has a molten chocolate cake with espresso ice cream. The ice cream was mild and lovely. The cake was bland – a more deep chocolate bite was necessary. I had a white chocolate biscotti which was just crispy enough to enjoy without dunking. And I’m always happy when the server thinks to ask “milk or cream” when you order coffee.

And the pretty washrooms have static guard, hairspray and handcream.

All in all, a nice enough meal. The bill came to $135. I just feel it was missing the WOW factor. The atmosphere is there, but the music and the cooking need to live up to it.

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