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Loire on Harbord

Minnow | Nov 16, 2008 08:05 AM

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up about a new spot in the old Olive and Lemon building. They just opened on Friday, I was there this weekend, and I have to say this looks like a really promising neighbourhood spot. The menu is primarily french (as you may have guessed from the name), but it has one thing its major competition across the street doesn't have (looking at you, Tati) - actual good service, even on the first weekend. Shocking, I know.

We tried the charcuterie plate (speck, pork rilette, chicken liver parfait, and a few other things I've forgotten) - very nicely done, the rich flavours you'd expect, and great presentation with the rilette in a little mason jar, for example. The mussels with chorizo and bell peppers wasn't as brothy as I would like, but the mussels were well timed. Our mains were steak and marrow - a nice alternative to steak-frites on roasted potato with a good sized marrow bone on the side, and the pasta with chicken in a truffle oil/jerusalem artichoke sauce. The pasta could have used a little more visual impact - very beige - and was a little undersalted, but nicely rich.

The room's very warmly decorated, with a nice buzz about it. Great cocktails to start, too! Over all, a bit uneven, but definitely a great new option in the neighbourhood. Best thing - nothing on the menu was over $25, and wine was all under $80.

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