Restaurants & Bars

Valentine's at Pony

sunburn | Feb 15, 2005 04:09 PM

My girlfriend and I had an enjoyable romantic dinner at Pony Bistro on College near Bathurst. This is a small simple place, romantically dimly lit, white table-clothes, beige walls, arch-ways and quiet french music.

I started with the grilled calamari with the chipotle, caper salsa accompanied by some greens and onions and a mustard sauce on the side. It was the best calamari I've had yet and was the highlight of the meal for me. Lots of different flavours which you could combine at will with each forkfull. I then had the duck confit, two duck legs with a crispy skin served in their on jus with slivers of potatoes and roasted vegetables. It was nicely cooked simple dish with subtle hints of rosemary perhaps. I finished with a good creme brulee.

My date had, the stilton, walnut, orange and pear green salad. It was good but not as good as similar salads I have had elsewhere with roasted pear and stilton. She then had salmon with a lemon aioli and frites and roasted vegetables. The frites were great as they should be at any bistro. She then had the lemon tart which looked a little underwhelming to me but she said it was good.

Service was not great but not bad enough to be irritating. No drink refill offers, no coffee offered, etc. It wasn't that busy either. Also, we got a table near the back along the east wall which was blasted by a base heater and somewhat noisy by the kitchen and stair. When I go again, I'll try to sit upstairs.

With a Kir Royal, cranberry juice, tax and tip the total came to $88. We left very satisfied and I plan to recommend it to others.

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