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169 Niagara St. (Wellington St.) Send to Phone
A tiny, cheerful bistro that serves organic, inventive seasonal dishes.

Dinner Wed.-Sun., Brunch Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Niagara Street Cafe Restaurant Review

: Come on a Sunday to this 32-seat bistro and you’re likely to rub shoulders with local chefs and sommeliers attracted by the inventive value-priced menu. Chef Michael Caballo always has a surprise or two among his organic, local-farmer focused dishes. The seasonal soup might be rutabaga and apple. The latest appetizer may be a delicate pillow of lightly breaded fried tripe “La Paloma” style with bravas sauce and marinated onions. Swiss chard and duck confit tart comes nestled on a flaky puff pastry, the flavour further punched up with manchego cheese and pine nut vinaigrette. Mains include a wild fish of the day---perhaps two whiting deboned, reassembled whole on the plate atop slivers of celeriac. The three dessert selections, all made on premises, tend to put an original spin on home-style. Surrounding the pot of fromage blanc are samplings of apple crêpe, lemon curd in chocolate cup, a prune cake and macaroons. While there’s some variability in the success of the chef’s creations the slips are easy to forgive in this friendly, cheerful spot. The 40-plus-bottle wine list is well selected by sommelier and owner Anton Potvin with a good range of prices and tasty oddities.


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