Sage West 924 College, (West of Ossington just before Dovercourt) has been open for just over a month now.
Overall we had an interesting, filling meal with erratic service.
Starters of “grilled smoked paprika shrimp, preserved lemon, fennel, cherry tomatoes and pineapple” and “grilled and deboned marinated quail, tart apple chutney, parsley oil, balsamic reduction” were ample and well executed but took half an hour to appear. (Only about two other tables were occupied on this Tuesday evening). These were two of ten starter choices, most of which looked equally unusual.
We had mains of “seafood paella, orange tomato broth, Arborio rice, smoked paprika oil” which was more like a soup than I am used to and had plenty mussels, squid, fish and shrimp in it and “brick cooked crispy chicken breast, root vegetable pave, stew of sweet peppers and sage” . I couldn’t tell the difference between “brick cooked” and a normal roast, but the pave and vegetables underneath it were different and good.
Sadly we were too full to tackle desert which included such tempting items as “carrot cake soufflé”, “orange cardamom infused sour cream cake” and “spiced pineapple bread pudding”.
Total cost of our enjoyable and whimsical meal was $75 including tip, excluding wine.
Ambiance was a stone floor, bar area, music stage at the far end and a sort of kitchen feel to it.
My speculation is, it is owned and run by a mature couple one of whom is a music buff – they have music offerings (piano/guitar) Fridays and Saturdays - who are not really used to running the front of the house of a restaurant, and they employ an adventurous cook. (That is what it feels like, but I could be completely wrong on this score).
Sage West also offers a brunch menu, menu for children and a late night eating menu.
Do sample these and report back!