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Chantal | Jan 16, 2006 10:19 AM

Took my Mom to CFOOD on Friday night. Reading the reviews on their website peaked my curiosity and having been to that location when it was Bloor St. Diner North, we wanted to see what 'improvement' this might be.

I had reserved a table for 2 at 7:30 p.m. When we came in, they seemed surprised to see us. Seems we had been penciled in for 7 and they had given up on us. Of course, this is the one time I didn't call back to confirm my reservation and so result, I hit a small snag. The table was still available however, so we sat...

The wine selection, if you don't want a whole bottle, isn't fabulous. We opted for their house white. Then we ordered 2 apps, 2 shots of bisque and 2 mains.

The apps were good - seared tuna tartar had good texture and flavour. Mom had the avocado salad with root chips which was fine. The bisque shot with foam on top had lingering flavours of what tasted like coconut milk... I guess being French, she didn't have too much appreciation for that, but it's an individual taste thing. I'm reasonably happy that we didn't order bowls of it though.

We both ordered grilled halibut for our main and it was well prepared and presented. The side we chose was scented rice and winter veg. The winter veg wasn't bad except for the brussels which were bullets! I know some people overcook brussels and the proper way is not a mush ball, but this was HARD AS A ROCK brussels! We pointed this out to the waitress who apologized. The sauces that come with the fish (4) are good, are favourite being a jalepeno dip that didn't overwhelm with heat but was an nice contrast to the lemon juice we had placed on the sweet, properly cooked halibut.

We had the trio of creme brulee for dessert which was good and coffee. Unfortunately, the cream for the coffee was VERY OFF (though interestingly, it didn't curdle in the hot coffee or I wouldn't even have sipped it!). That scares me a little in restaurants when something as simple as the coffee cream is off (I tasted it directly on my pinky to make sure it wasn't just the sugar load I had just ingested that was putting my buds off! It wasn't!). They comped the coffees, which was appreciated.

Overall, we gave it three stars (out of 5). Everything was "fine" but not outstanding... I'd like to try it for lunch and just stick to a tapas of the appetizers. I think that might be a very interesting way to go!

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