I'm suspicious of: A) restaurants in art museums; and B) large beautiful restaurants in Toronto with furnishings that cost more than my home and have menus that sound like they come from the NYTimes food review. Even so, my partner and I tried Frank tonight. I'd had brunch there (good, but brunch?), but was leery. However, we were really impressed by the meal. A prix fixe meal at that! Am I missing something? I don't see much on chowhound about this place.
We gingerly went for the prix fixe that complemented the Chagall exhibit. There were two or three choices per course - we chose gravlax, sturgeon, and apple charlotte. The other contenders were borscht (appetizer), brisket or barley cabbage rolls (main), and chocolate cake (the waiter warned us away from this). The service was excellent and friendly, and the room itself was cozy.
It was fabulous. Every item, from the chocolate-espresso pumpernickel bread (which sounds gimmicky, but was delicious), to the roasted carrots, was fabulous. The main--Canadian sturgeon--was meaty, moist and delicious. The portion was HUGE, really too huge, but the quality was great. The carrots and sturgeon were accompanied by a potato-onion latke and a mustard hollandaise.
Is this place reliable? I have to say, it was one of the best meals I've had in this city. It's at the high end of our price point, but I think we'll go back. The only caveat: their decaf was a little sour. But still a great place.
FRANK @ The Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5T I4G, CA
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