I had a fantastic time last night and the food was just lovely. The Yorkshire pudding appetizers were by far my favourite. I wasn't going to eat one because I thought it might be too big for an appetizer that I would eat while standing at a cocktail party but when It was suggested that try it, I was blown away. It was delicious! I also loved the cod cakes and the bbq chicken cups. The sushi was also a bit on the large side but were simply delicious. The only thing that I didn't like were the shrimp. They may have been dipped in oil or something because I found it slippery and just too unusual for my liking. The red wine was Jackson Triggs Black Reserve and the white wine was a sauvignon blanc but I didn't get to see the label, but both were a fantastic choice with the food. If I were planning an event, I would have Oliver and Bonacini cater it, just so my guests could enjoy the yorkshire pudding apps.. you have got to try one!
This place has been one of my favorite places for quite sometime. I like the food, prices are pretty good (considering the location). Every time I go, it seems that a poor server is getting into trouble for not meeting the water refill expectations of a grumpy old lady - makes for some entertainment.
Favorite - the tortilla soup and spinach salad.
Like the atmosphere - bright, clean and comfortable. Service is usually good, but can't go in expecting a visit to Canoe - it isn't that.
Come with an empty stomach and patience for a grumpier than normal guest list.
Well, I do have a list of pet peeves about restaurants (see my profile neala), and this place violated 2 of them. Still, I can't complain.
Pet Peeve #2): When the ingredients are not all listed on the menu's description of the item. Pet Peeve #3): When a restaurant charges for sharing.
1) Went with silver and had to send back my lunch twice. First time, it had cheese which was described on the menu but I had asked to forgo. Second time, it had mayo (or something like mayo) which wasn't described on the menu. However, each time, they replaced it with a no problem attitude.
2) I understand some restaurants provide large portions and so they want to discourage sharing (or else 2 people will buy 1 meal). But I think it's a bit presumptuous to charge for sharing a sandwich or an appetizer. After all, that's what appetizers are for, isn't it? Right on the menu it says you'll have to pay an additional dollar or two if you share. And besides, what business is it of theirs if I want one meal to share? On principle alone, it irks me.
P.S. - for another Pet Peeve, see the review of RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE at: http://www.n49.ca/dir/dining/l695/Toronto/d2283/Ruth's Chris Steak House/reviews#
High quality food, different menu options, good service
Just to clarify a little bit, they don't charge you just to share an item at your table. You are absolutely free to do that as you wish. The charge only applies if you ask the kitchen to split the item for you and prepare it on two separate plates. They do this because it costs them more to garnish the item, and they usually bump up the portion a little bit. When you order, you have the option of either being provided with extra plates at the table, and sharing yourself for no charge, or having the kitchen split it for you, at which point a charge would apply.
I've never heard of a "sharing charge". However, if they only charge when u request the kitchen to share the portions & they actually do what DannyBoy said, I could understand why.
However, if they do charge to share an appetizer, or anything else, just on principle, that is sooooooo wrong!
Don't think I'll check this place out in the future.