After walking past Jamie Kennedy's Wine Bar on Church on my way to and from work for the past couple of months... and having read the sometimes contentious postings here, I just had to go today for lunch.
We arrived just after noon and were seated at the bar surroundings the kitchen area even though we didn't have a reservation. The Chef was cooking, a mere ten feet away from my seat... and I knew then my informed instinct's were right to act on.
Amuse was salmon tartare on a crunchy wedge of flat bread with a pink beet daub of sauce underneath, savory and brilliantly fresh.
We both ordered BBQ of beef with greens and a potato gratin. $10. But I had to have the skate saute as well. $9 Each of us had a glass of sancerre recommended for the fries with lemon mayo which we also ordered to share.
Since it was early for the lunch rush it was wonderful to watch the chef and his female assistants to ramp up to the pace for full service. And the food was mostly sublime.
The Chef trimmed my skate entree as I watched... and deftly seasoned and floured the portion, and I looked away in conversation. After a few minutes he waked to our corner of the bar... and I noticed the skate and held out my hand. He handed it to me and smiled.
Tender and perfectly cooked ala meunier... with toasted garlic slices scattered across the delicate fillets, it was the fish dish that spring in Toronto so very rarely, and occasionally, even dangerously provides.
Our next course was served... as I was halfway though the skate; a grilled wad of strip loin sliced thickly to cover a bit of tender greens and a wedge of toothsome, savory and rich potato gratin.
No dessert, two glasses of wine and $64 bucks before tip.
Service was somewhat rushed, but completely acceptable.
Can we get a Mississauga franchise asap please?