The Hardware Grill is open for lunch again after being closed for a few years. I've gone a couple of times now and it is great. In fact, I think lunch now is even better than before. They've really put together a great looking and tasting menu.
Over the couple of visits I've tried a number of things and they have all been very good. The lamb shank was tender and flavourful with a nice side of cassoulet. The crab cakes were very tasty and seasoned well. The French onion soup was a little traditional, but good.
The country pate and charcuterie plate were wonderful. More restaurants should have a charcuterie plate on their menu (many in other cities do). Also great were the smoked salmon and duck confit. I can't wait to go back and try the pork schnitzel, liver & bacon, and truffled mac & cheese.
The Glenlivet-Butterscotch pudding was also amazing.
Nice to see that Hardware is again open for lunch and doing such a nice job. It was a little difficult eating lunch there in the past as the portions were so big, it was hard going back to work and staying awake. I wonder if they've updated their dinner menu as well?
They've also installed a couple of automatic wine dispensing systems. I believe that they are similar to the ones that the Vinomania wine store put in about a year ago. Great idea!
Interesting to hear from others who have been for both lunch and dinner recently.