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Relish - Review (long)

Jenna | Oct 2, 2005 11:22 AM

Food – 3 out of 5
Ambiance – 2 out of 5
Service – 3 out of 5

After reading a review on the board, my SO and I decided to try Relish a newish neighborhood spot.

As we walk up to the restaurant my SO comments he’s been here before but when it was a Chinese place. When you enter the space, it still feels like a Chinese takeout place. It looks like the new owner has done some renovations but maybe on a shoestring budget.

However, ambiance or lack of aside, the food and service were both good.

We had the following items:

Homemade focaccia tomato & oregano – Warm, wonderful, and delicious. ‘Nuff said.

Sea scallop special – Three medium sized sea scallops with mushroom and very light cream sauce. Very tasty and the scallops were cooked nicely.

Sautéed tiger shrimp – Three small tiger shrimp sautéed with lots of sliced garlic. Again very tasty, but I think the shrimps were either previously frozen or not quite as fresh as they could be.

Pan-fried pickerel with pickled cucumber slaw – I liked this dish quite a bit. The fish with nice and light and flaky and the slaw was a very nice flavour addition for the mild fish. However, my SO found it too buttery/oily for his liking.

White bean & chorizo casserole topped with puff pastry – Hands-down, this was my SO’s favorite dish of the evening. Nice flavour, very generous serving and two nice little puff pastry points on top.

Lamb empanadas baked with pomegranate glaze – Very tasty and the sauce was just the right sweet for the lamb. However, our server snagged the plate with the sauce before we were finished the empanadas and we really would have like it back.

Homemade potato gnocchi with basil pesto cream sauce – A very light and tasty basil pesto cream sauce was the highlight of this dish. The gnocchi was good but not as light and airy as I’ve had at other places such as Seven Numbers.

So with all that food, two glasses of wine, tax and a 15% tip we spent $82. Relish offers great value for money in my opinion. This is not a high-end dining experience. However, if you live in the east end or the bad restaurant beach area like I do, you always appreciate an everyday price-point place with good service and food and I think I’ve found just that with Relish.

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