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POP Bistro

jill | Dec 5, 2005 10:41 AM

Visited this new bistro on Queen East at Broadview on Saturday night and was disappointed. The server really pushed one of the specials (Lamb meatloaf) even though we were steering towards other things. The menu was small and they were out of a few of the things, most annoyingly, the crab cakes. We settled on the tuna for me and the lamb for my SO. We ordered the Tin Cows Shiraz (a bottle) to go with the lamb, foregoing something more apporpriate for my tuna. The server brought the wine, poured it, then informed us that the Lamb meatloaf was no longer available. He pushed their cassoulet special, giving a terrible explanation of what it was to my SO, saying it was a lot like the lamb meatloaf. When I gently enquired as to whether there were beans and duck in the dish, as there is traditionally, he said 'oh yeah, there are some beans, but no duck'. Not very traditional...
The server bragged about ther brunch menu, as well as a host of other things. I asked to see a copy a few times throughout the meal but was never provided with one.
My SO and I both decided to get the tuna. We were disappointed with the quality of the fish - the colour was not a deep, dark pink as it usually is, but acutally quite light, almost a salmon colour. It was appropriately seared, but not evenly - too much on one side, not enough on another so it appeared raw on one side, halfway cooked through on the other. The serving size was good - about 7 oz raw I'd guess.
It was paired with roasted veg which were nicely done, and a sort of strata/bread pudding with cheese and spinach which was VERY mismatched to the dish. Perhaps left over from the lamb meatlof special.
We skipped dessert. I'd like to say I'll have it next time but my SO won't go back.
Would love to read some good reviews, but I have a feeling, like most places in this 'hood, they will be few and far between or at best, mixed.

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