Went for dinner to Fishbone on Main Street, Stouffville, on Friday night. In a world of bistros this one stands out for a number of reasons.
First, the ambiance. It is very understated but very European. The tables are far enough away from each other to allow a diners to converse with each other without having to shout over the voices from adjoining tables. The room is very attractive. An excellent first impression.
The staff is small but very knowledgeable and helpful. Pedro, the owner, has worked at Zucca, Quince and Joia and has picked and trained his staff properly. He also is the creator and former owner of the Chicken Place on Wellington in Aurora. It is very different but gave him the experience of starting a successful business and it shows.
The menu is not large but is diverse enough to satisfy all tastes. Pedro gives his chef and sous-chef, both with experience in some of the more well-known Toronto restaurants, the ability to create their own dishes. I had a salmon fillet which was smoked and then crisped. The taste was quite unique and the texture very pleasing to the palate. There is duck and steak and a whole fish etc. so enough variety for all. I noticed from the adjoining table that the frites were served in a mini fry basket...a nice touch. Mains are about $25.
The wine list is all Portuguese. Pedro is very knowledgeable and also has good connections in the Portuguese wine industry and so the prices are fair.
A thoroughly enjoyable dinner. They are not open for lunch right now and I know of no plans in that regard. It is a small restaurant and so they like to do a couple of sittings on Friday and Saturday nights as they are apparently very busy. They also have wine dinners, cooking classes etc.