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Jamie Kennedy - Opening Night (long, for me)

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Jamie Kennedy - Opening Night (long, for me)

George W. | Aug 19, 2005 09:28 AM

Maggie and I went to the Jamie Kennedy Restaurant last night, it was their official opening night (they had a soft opening on Monday). I am not a reviewer so I will leave you some impressions rather than the ultra-details of the meal and the experience. The food was outstanding. We shared the Streets of Toronto appetizer - plenty for 2 if you want to save room for the mains. It has 3 components, small pizza-like dish, a tuna tempura and a sausage, each accompanied with appropriate sauces - excellent. For my main I had the Olive Oil Poached Pacific Halibut with Beet Fritter and Horseradish - it was pefectly prepared and delicious. Maggie's main was the Mixed Grill with Braised Onions and Bread Noodles. This is no Fran's mixed grill. It is a big dish with the "meats" presented on a skewer - these included, lamb chop, beef, liver, sweetbread, plus other items. Considering there was nothing left over I know this dish tasted as good as it looked. For dessert I stuck to the Creme Brulee - excellent - and Maggie opted for the Dark Chocolate Souffle - no complaints there.
Appetizers run from $13 to $19, Mains - $14 to $39 and Desserts $12 ($14 for Souffle and $18 for 5 Cheeses).

The room is not big - it was set for 36 last night and occupies the street-side half of the old catering space adjacent to the Wine Bar. The back half of the space is a lounge which could be used for drop-in drinks but I suspect its main purpose is as a waiting room for people waiting for space at the non-reservation Wine Bar.

Jamie was very much "in the house" and made an excellent host.

The Restaurant Chef is Eric Walker (previous Banquet Chef). Pastry Chef Renee Bellefeuille and the Sommelier is Jamie Drummond - who was very helpful in guiding us in our wine selection.

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