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Review of Relish (Woodbine and Danforth)

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Review of Relish (Woodbine and Danforth)

Jane | Sep 24, 2005 10:07 AM

So I finally got around to checking out Relish, a very welcome addition to my 'hood. Prices (for tapas-size dishes) are unbelievably low and food quality is high. Most dishes range from $4 to $8 and while portions aren't huge, they are very fair for the price.

We tried the lamb empanadas with pomegranate glaze, a duck/chorizo/white bean casserole (similar to cassoulet), lobster potstickers with a kick-ass ginger scallion dipping sauce, and pan-fried shrimp with garlic-sherry butter. Aside from the shrimp, which were bland, everything else was quite tasty. I would happily order any of these dishes again -- though there are several other items I'm eager to try, incl. five-spice baby back ribs, duck and goat cheese crepes, grilled sirloin medallions with chili butter, steamed clams with double-smoked bacon and leeks etc.

The wine list is small but eclectic -- and, again, VERY fairly priced. Most of the by-the-glass options ranged from $5.50 (Domaines des Cassagnoles sauvignon blanc) to $7.25 (Bonny Doon "Cardinal Zin" and "Big House Red".) Plus they're really big pours (which I didn't notice til I realized I was happily drunk after three glasses...)

Service was charming and efficient. In all, I am very pleased these folks have braved a barren part of the Danforth, and I intend to return soon. BTW, they've also started serving Sunday brunch, with an innovative, atypical menu of pressed sandwiches and the like.

Link: http://www.relishbarandgrill.com/

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