Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh of Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi | Ask Your Questions Now ›

Restaurants & Bars

Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Simple Bistro, Mountpleasant


Restaurants & Bars 26

Simple Bistro, Mountpleasant

Squeakycheese | Feb 14, 2009 03:54 PM

This place is opposite Penrose Fish and Chips, next to the convenience store on the other side of the intersecting street from Celestin.

Not really sure if we liked it or not; we both had the same courses. To start with we had a beet salad, which seems to have become a staple in TO restaurants. It was good, but the accompanying goat cheese was a tiny triangle, not really enough to complement a fairly large serving of beets, certainlt nothing to SQUEAK about. For main we had steak frites, which was pretty good, if workmanlike. Was dressed with horseradish butter that I really enjoyed, but not the person I was with. Frites were pretty good, soaked up the red wine reduction the steak came with, but an accompanying chipotle mayonnaise was a bit overpowering. At $24 seemed a bit expensive.

We had been clocked by a parking guy so needed to get out within an hour, as a result we didn't have time for dessert, though what was on offer looked good.

The main positive was that the server was really pleasant. The owner was there too, made everyone welcome. It was a pretty welcoming place, with no pretensions.

To sum up, I would say its worth trying if you are in the area; nothing spectacular but it is nice to support small businesses.

If anyone else has opinions, I would be glad to hear!

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound