My second and last place to check out during this year's Summercilious.
We randomly decided to try it out for our Saturday lunch. To be honest I was always intrigued by the place, because of it's name and location but the long white table cloths and wine glasses intimidated my friends last time and we never made it inside.
pale, hint of green
A small, cute corner restaurant in the heart of Queen West, leon-lit name, some plants seen though the reflective glass front.
mineral acidity, hints of tropical fruit
Once inside, it is definitely not intimidating. Yellow walls, some paintings, round chairs and white table cloths on one side, dark-red walls, custom-made angular booths with mirrors on the other side and along the bar. Quite the contrasting mix of styles - adult & child?
We had made a reservation earlier this morning, so we were asked to sit ourselves on the back patio - which is kind of hidden and out of the way, through a dark tunnel. Once there it is small, intimate and cosy. Again, flowers and lots of green, not very maintained, but natural. There was a tall, old staircase in the middle, leading to nowhere (really) along Peter Street - perhaps where Peter Pan learned to fly.
We sat down at a relatively small, circular table near the street side, with the sun peaking through the leaves. We picked our items out of their fixed menu. I asked for the Wild Mushroom Strudel, while cheri got the Sesame Chicken Salad. For our main, I got the Chilled Poached Salmon, and cheri had their Southern California Soft Taco. To go with our food and this warm, sunny Saturday afternoon, I decided to ask our waiter of his advise. He didn't have much of an opinion when it came to wine choices, just said the obvious. So I went with a glass of Lindesmans Semillion Chardonnay, while cheri had a class of Argentinian Malbec.
Not a long wait at all, we got water instantly, followed by warm slices of bread and our wines. Our waiter was a very simple, humble guy (casually dressed too) and not much into talking, but did a great job keeping our meals coming throughout. I can't complain. Our charming (at first) spot turned out to be very noisy with the bus de-tour on Peter Street.
crisp, clean, racy acidity
My Mushroom Strudel was pretty good, however a lot more pastry than filling. I think it was microwaved and the tarragon sauce was a bit too intense for me. Cheri's salad of mixed greens topped with chili glazed sesame chicken was great - light, tender and flavorful. Our mains arrived soon after. My Salmon was really chilled ( I guess for convenience purposes) I was not a fan of that, especially having the skin left on it. (grossed me out a bit) The grilled asparagus was the best part. There was also a small pile of pear, mango mix - refreshing, I enjoyed its addition. Cheri's California Soft Tacos with pulled smoked chicken was impressive, unlike its presentation. Cooked in a root beer BBQ sauce and with cheddar and guacamole, I wished it was more than just one. Accompanied with a side of plain mixed greens, the chicken was a bit dry.
Lastly, we ordered our desserts. I asked for the waiter's advise and he pointed me to the Chocolate Fudge Brownie and cheri - their Tiramisu. And so, they quickly made their way to us. Nicely presented with flower leaves on top, my brownie was probably store bought (or so I hope). It was dry, bready, cold and tasteless. Cheri's tiramisu was a bit too mushy, but overall pretty good. (perhaps home-made)
All bus noise was an obvious accident waiting to happen. And it did next day - the result was a TTC buss crashing into a building just a few meters down the street. A necessary evil, to save the cute, back patio ambiance.
Any restaurant wanting to do well, should put their best foot forwards on Summerlicious. I don't know why they wouldn't?! Microwaved and store-bought dishes are out of question. - that is my advise for naive little Peter Pan.
overall... a typical Sauvignon Blanc.