Finally made it here a few weeks ago, but we were slow to post. Given that we've really enjoyed Ufficio out on Dundas, we were looking forward to trying this place, just a few blocks from us.
The interior was warm and energetic, but not deafening like say Ascari Enoteca (which we also love). Service was friendly and attentive.
We shared, well, started (and took the rest home) a bottle of Cinsault/Mourvedre, Chateau Musar, Musar Jeune, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2016 - a lovely, tangy, dry rose with a hint of strawberries. It went well with pretty much everything we ordered. Plus it was half-price on Sundays, which is a good reason to go on Sundays.
We started with the grilled house focaccia - which was smoky, oily, salty, and a touch lemony. We particularly enjoyed the leek terrine, with fresh BC Dungeness crab, egg yolk, tarragon vinaigrette. Also fun were the Ontario lamb ribs, with fennel, compressed cucumber, sumac - lovely flavour. Our last small plate was sunflower seed purée, sugar snap peas, radicchio, apple, Monforte water buffalo fresco - very fresh and light, but the purée got a bit lost.
Our favourite pasta was the spaghetti with Ontario zucchini, anchovy, chili, bottarga, and straciatella - spicy, salty, and lots of umami. The noodles were a touch overcooked, but the flavour was great. Cavatelli with chanterelles, hen-of-the-woods, preserved lemon, and egg yolk had more precisely cooked noodles, but needed a bit more flavour kick, perhaps more of the lemon.
We had room for just one excellent dessert - a canelé (deconstructed) with dulce de leche mousse and stewed blueberries and other berries. The canelé particularly was wonderful.
Klafouti has already been back for a repeat visit and we'll go again together soon.
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