A friend from work pointed this place out, once he treated me a large home-made marshmallow from a jar. (an interesting combo or
sweet and salty, lovely texture)
He also found their backyard BBQ one day, to which we went, a few weeks
back. We dressed our own burgers and had some great fries with their
This day, my sister was taking me out for my birthday lunch.
dark, unnoticeable but intriguing ruby hues
On Gilead - a tiny street off of King East, not eery but rather clean and
residential. Passing by, you can see in a few people's back yards. If you don't know
where you are going, you won't find it. Its a truly hidden gem. It is a
small, brick building with a not-too-impressive wordmark of a jar. (they
could have made it more of a graphic)
plum, beat, hint of strawberry
The drill turned out to be - look around all the walls, pick, order, sit down. We realized that after a few minutes of sitting on a table and looking around.
It took me some time to make a decision, because there was so much I
want to try. Tempting cheese platter, BLT, egg dishes.. After asking the
man at the counter for his recommendations, we decided to share the
Nicoise Style Salad with Hot Smoked Whitefish, as well as their Pulled
Poutine. My sis asked for their sweetest white wine, which she was told
is their Pondview Estate Riesling, so she took a glass, while I tried
their Kozelman Pinot Blanc. While we paid, I asked if the menu is
seasonal, and hence they have the neat chalk boards. He confirmed they
are. I asked how often Jamie Kennedy comes in, or does he just create
the recipes then has a sous-chef making them daily. He said, he is in
the kitchen right now and told me to take a peak. Unfortunately I had
not done my thorough research to remember exactly what he looks like,
but I like to assume I made eye contact with him.
some light truffle and meat aroma
We took our wines and sat down, in the table area with a delightful wall
of window walls on one side and their main wall with adorable, colorful
jars on the other. Light, birch tables everywhere. We made our own
addition with my flower bouquet.
Our wine glasses were custom Jamie Kennedy ones - simple, elegant, smart
location for pouring measure purposes. My sister's Riesling was nowhere
as close as she expected. My pinot blanc was floral with a light
fruity, soft, delicate
Our meal didn't take long. The waiter left it for us with cutlery,
request for pepper and a brief explanation. To my surprise the plates
were small, the salad looked a bit crammed and tight. It was delicious,
with mayo-mustard cream sauce, bard-boiled eggs, red onion slices, hint
of anchovies, and much more. The pulled pork poutine came with aged
cheddar and their fries had the usual rosemary salt coating. Very
saucy, a bit spicy, and topped with green onion. We enjoyed our plates
for some time. I don't remember any music playing, but there was some
chatter as the place was lively.
light all-spice, beautiful aftertaste
There are so many dishes worth coming back for, apart from actually recognizing Jamie Kennedy next time.
overall... a one-of-a-kind Pinot Noir