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669 Queen St. W. Send to Phone
In a scruffy part of town that’s just beginning its renewal, this hip bistro is a big draw for the food savvy crowd.

Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.

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: In the former premises of a Chinese restaurant that became a bar and grill that quickly failed, owner-executive chef Rod Bowers has created an oasis of good food. Dark wood paneling remains from the grill days, but a wood bar plunked in the center divides the banquettes in the back from tables at the front. Tight and cozy, the 30-seat bistro fills up nightly with twenty-something foodies in for a treat, but elders are there, too, because they’re parents or in-the-know. Dishes explode with flavor, showcasing Canadian produce at its best. Heirloom tomato soup is puréed and topped with a hot scallop. Shiraz-braised Alberta prime short ribs are as filling as the Flintstone-size, naturally raised veal chop with caponata. A special of skate with brown butter, hazelnuts and wilted spinach is a bistro triumph. Share the sides of rapini with roasted garlic, succotash with bacon or wild mushrooms as they are large enough for four or more. Desserts consist of well done classics, such as crème brûlée and strawberry semifreddo. The wine list is intelligently chosen with good old- and new-world picks.


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