Initially, I happened upon this restaurant by identifying it was close to my hotel (It's in the heart of downtown Toronto) and the reviews made me want to try it out. From the front the restaurant is very unassuming so keep an eye out or you could potentially walk right past it!
Like other reviewers I highly recommend calling ahead for a reservation. Because I was a single traveler they were able to squeeze me in at the Chef's Table the same night. The Chef's table is actually a long bar that sits in front of an open window to the kitchen. It was a great way to go out solo as the kitchen was it's own entertainment.
The service was top notch and the waiter made a great recommendation on choice of wine recommending the red blend which was one of the cheaper by the glass and quite good.
I ended up ordering off the "pantry" menu rather than the daily specials but I would highly recommend always taking a look as they looked delicious.
For dinner I ordered the fennel and potato pierogies which I really enjoyed. I wanted them to have a bit more potato filling but the horseradish beet sauce they were served with was the surprise hit for me! The greens that were served with the dish were slightly too bitter for my taste but this is more a personal preference and as long as I didn't take too much they paired nicely with the heaviness of the potato filled dumplings. The serving size was very reasonable, enough food to leave a little room for dessert or fill you up.
Based on reviews I decided to also go for dessert. Normally, I don't do dessert in restaurants since I am typically disappointed but that was not the result here! I got the "apple crumble" which was actually more a deconstructed apple crumble with half a poached apple, crumbled spice cake, toasted gingersnap and walnut bits served with a wormwood ice cream. I was skeptical of the wormwood ice cream but the wormwood actually gave it a great quality tasting a bit less sweet and more nutty then a traditional vanilla ice cream. I would absolutely go back just for dessert.
Total bill for the evening included a glass of wine, entrée, dessert, & coffee and came to $50; very reasonable for an evening out at a delicious restaurant.
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