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1862 Queen St. E. (Woodbine Ave.) Send to Phone
This spot on the edge of The Beach, Toronto’s laid-back neighborhood, can be depended upon for flavorful dishes with eclectic flair.
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Sauvignon Restaurant Review

: Despite its location on a bleak part of the lively artery that is Queen Street East, Sauvignon offers the best dining in the chill Beach neighborhood. The comfortably eclectic décor suits the food, which adheres to no cuisine in particular but draws inspiration from Europe, Asia and elsewhere. A painted tin ceiling, exposed duct work and brick marry with blood-red and green walls, large banquettes and wood tables. A long bar starts near the entrance of one of the narrow rooms and ends half way down. It all works. So does the menu. Grilled calamari, shaved green papaya and watercress become a salad with soy-ginger vinaigrette, while spicy grilled shrimp on black bean and avocado has both vertical height and good depth of flavor. Main dishes may include chicken schnitzel served with warm potato salad, tangy and sweet with apple cider-mustard vinaigrette, or Muscovy duck confit with white bean ragoût and a caper-current-pine nut salsa. The less adventurous palate may opt for the grilled Black Angus steak, smothered with onions and served with Russet potato fries. House-made desserts include espresso brûlée and lemon meringue cheesecake. The wine list features many well-priced old- and new-world selections. Service is friendly and generally efficient when the place is not packed to the rafters.

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