A visit to a 3 star restaurant is usually done with some doubt and diminished expectations because this type of initial hype often does not live up to your expectations. This place deserves a high rating, though I won’t go into the semantics of prior ratings. Instead, let’s talk about the food.

Cocktail selections reflect the modern times – and you can order the standard premium spirits which are presented appropriately – no fanfare, just solid cocktails. Wine list is very creative with selections from around the world – even Oregon Pinot Noir(s) that stand up to world class wines. Pricing is fair with many by the glass choices.

My salad of Boston Bibb with pumpkin seed vinaigrette garnished (ever so lightly) with roasted pepitas and sweet potato frites was fresh and adequate. The roasted pork tenderloin with apple and onion saute’ spaetzle and mustard jus was flavorful and beautifully presented and ample in each portion segment. Breads include whole grain and unusual ones (and the butter is fresh creamery style). Desserts are quite exceptional and include assorted artisan Quebec cheeses along with a conventional flourless cake and fresh fruit adaptations. After dinner spirit choices reflect the cosmopolitan Toronto diversity.

(And by the way, one of the entrees was Kobe beef brisket accompanied by oh so many wonderful things!)

Al in all a place worth a visit and a very high rating. It’s also in a very interesting part of Toronto. The nearby beach area will be worth another visit as it too looks like the Yonge Street area and parts of Manhattan (and Chicago’s near north side).

$$ to $$$ depending on wine choice

1097 Queen Street East
Toronto
(416) 405-9906

Kimberley Saunders

verveine.ca