I've just relocated to Bloor West Village from Ottawa. In Ottawa my husband and I had a couple of favourite spots: The Black Cat Cafe for an indulgent meal (previously in the Byward Market on Murray, just relocated to Preston) and Cafe 104 wine bar (in the Glebe) for sitting and sipping an afternoon away.
Their most compelling attributes: small (10 or so tables), inobtrusive atmosphere (e.g. no pounding music), nice list of wines by the glass, delicious and well chosen small menus, not too too crazily priced (though I can be persuaded on this last criterion).
I'd love to find similar haunts in Toronto neighbourhoods - though likely not my own, as BWV doesn't seem to offer these particular types of places. We've tried Dr. Generosity's and it is great on many counts, but it doesn't fill the intimate/elegant but not pretentious/excellent wines by the glass niche.
My searches on this board have pointed to some possibilities: Carens Wine and Cheese on Cumberland, Pop Bistro on Queen E., Crush Wine Bar on King W., Table 17 on Queen E. and La Pallette in Kensington.
Any other stand-outs? Or comments on the one's I've pinpointed so far? I'm not looking for destination dining here - rather, in the first instance, a small neighbourhood restaurant offering delicious food in an intimate environment, and in the second, a cozy, charming and comfortable place to have a couple of glasses of wine and an afternoon snack in pleasant surroundings. Totally open to any location, as I see this as a delightful way of getting to know our new city.
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