My chow buddy and I just had a delightful meal at the 3 months old bistro 'Paramour' on 94 Ossington. The place was kind of 'funky' and 'cool'! Service was the best I've experienced in Toronto for a long long time, thanks to the super-friendly manager, Adly ( ex-Splendido ) and his staff. Its nice to experience smiling, professional and attentive service throughout our 2 hour meal.
Menu was small with choices of one soup, four appertizers and five mains. Food can be described as 'Canadiana with a touch of Southern France; humble but well executed and delicious'!
For appertizer, we both ordered the 'Daily Encroute' which consisted of three thick slices of fresh, sweet and slightly briny sashimi grade Hokkaido Sea Scallops served with a crunchy/creamy fennel carrot salad, crispy capers and truffle oil. Layers upon layers of different texture and taste. Great combination! The off-dry Henry of Pelham Riesling that we paired with it was spot-on.
For mains we had the Braised Ontario Lamb Shank.. A common dish find in most menus these days, Paramour's version was really fork tender with a nice wine reduction and an equally nice slightly gamy aroma to go with it. Served with creamy polenta and ultra buttery Swiss Chard accompaniment which provided a good balance of protein and veggies!
For dessert, we both opted for the 'Sovereign grape and Pinot Noir galette with French Vanilla creme fraiche and orange reduction' . It was good but nothing to shout about.
BTW, appertizers were $14, Mains $30 and dessert $9. ( we ordered the most expensive items on the menu! )
Seldom can I say ' Just for the great service I'll return again! The good food is a nice bonus! '