Last night my SO and I decided to escape the hordes descending on Riverdale for Taste of the Danforth and headed down to Queen Street East for dinner at Table 17. In a nutshell, service was very good and attentive from beginning to end (even though the restaurant was quite packed by the time we left), and the food competent and tasty. The restaurant's menu is set up for traditional apps and mains, as well as additional dishes that can be shared.
Quick summary of the dishes:
-Hot Balls (a selection of deep fried "balls" containing rice or goat cheese or crab stuffing, each with their own corresponding sauce, e.g. crab balls had a mayo sauce, goat cheese, a honey sauce). Nice, filling and good to share. However, aside from the goat cheese balls, the flavours were muted and overwhelmed by the breading.
-Salad of Heirloom Greens - fine, but nothing special
-Diver of Poached Scallos - An app, consisted of one scallop with some greens. My SO enjoyed it
-Pea Soup - a puree with whole peas scattered throughout, this was very good but extremely rich (load enough butter and cream and anything tastes better!)
-Ontario Rabbit and Fingerling Potatoes - a braised dish, with a generous portion of bunny, with a slightly too sweet sauce and boiled fingerling potatoes. Overall, I like it.
-Cheescake with Blueberry Sauce - short on the sauce, again nothing special
Nonetheless, both of us enjoyed our meal, and think it a great choice for a bistro supper if you live nearby or find yourself in this neck of the city. As one small bonus, there was a sheet of wines (separate from the regular wine list) that had been discounted. We had a great Argentinean cab sauv blend that was knocked down 25%.
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