93 Ossington Avenue
Toronto, ON M6J 2Z2
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Summerlicious! I cannot believe that it's been a decade already! If you're not familiar, the program features participating restaurants in Toronto, each restaurant offers a three-course prix fixe menu - an appetizer, main, and dessert.
The main draw for diners is that you get to dine at a restaurant you might not normally eat at. Or you might discover a new restaurant you didn't notice before. Restaurants benefit from this program as it brings in new customers - who if impressed - may become regulars. That's the hope, right?
So there's a lot to be said about first impressions . . .
Our waitress was friendly and upbeat. She slid our wrapped utensils off the plate and took our order. She was mindful and we never had to ask for a refill or find another staff member to help us. Oddly enough, the food runners were not paying attention to detail and kept presenting the dishes to the wrong person.
Medium rare, the steak itself wasn't as tender as we would have liked it, but the jus was good.
I should have ordered the devil's chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and pecan crunch.
The banana bread pudding with butterscotch and coconut cream was the most disappointing dish. I love desserts, but this one did not sit well with me. The bread pudding was dense, heavy, and hard. I actually had trouble getting my fork to cut all the way through for small bites. To me, it was simply a poorly made banana muffin. However, the butterscotch and the coconut cream were quite delicious.
The atmosphere and decor was pretty cool, there's a large communal table in the middle and a lounge off to the side. We had really high hopes for the food though. The restaurant was on a few top Summerlicious restaurant picks. Overall, the dishes didn't shine and our party of four would unlikely find ourselves returning.