Five of us went to Small Talk for Winterlicious last night.
We all chose the $30 dinner menu and we all agreed that, although the food was good, our meal was not great or memorable (apart from the Molten Valhrona chocolate soufflé we had for dessert, which was memorable). The homemade whole wheat bread we were served was delicious and was accompanied by a flavoured olive oil which tasted great. We all chose the scallops appetizer and agreed that their texture was a bit rubbery (they were medium rare and could have benefitted from a little more cooking). The scallops were served on a bed of creamed cabbage which was quite tasty, but not extraordinary.
Three of us chose the bouillabaisse main course and, being French, agreed that it was not *real* bouillabaisse but tasted good. Some of the seafood was overcooked/dry and one reported a funky-tasting mussel.
Two of us had the magret of duck on white beans. It tasted good but was a tad tough. The beans, however, vere very good.
Dessert - ah, dessert - was amazing. The chocolate soufflé was oozing molten chocolate and was accompanied by caramelized banana slices.
As a nice extra, we were served an amuse-bouche of chopped cantaloupe with mint and triple-sec and a pre-dessert of mango-ginger sorbet. Both were nice attentions.
We asked for separate bills before ordering and that did not pose a problem to the waitstaff.
The service was very good, and we did not feel compelled to leave within one hour - in fact, we stayed there for almost 3 hours!
Overall, we liked our evening and decided we would probably reserve this restaurants for dessert or brunch, as baked goods and desserts seem to be their forté.