Anyone tried Relish @ Danforth & Woodbine
- ja_jc Dec 21, 2005 12:14 PM
What did you think? Any recommendation?
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Hi ja_jc, as I only live four blocks away, I've become a regular there. Here's a link to my review from September. You can simply copy and paste it into the address line of your browser: http://www.chowhound.com/canada/board...
And yes, you can search the board by keyword. I simply use the "find" function in Internet Explorer. If you do, you'll find another, more recent review.
Bottom line: it's a great little neighbourhood place. They offer good food at great prices and the wait staff are charming. I'm glad they got such a good review in The Star, 'cause they really try hard. Not all offerings are perfect (avoid the eggplant and almond butter app -- it's truly vile), but my recommendations are: BBQ ribs, lamb empanadas, polenta with goat cheese, pickerel, eggplant fritters, duck and white bean casserole and lobster potstickers.
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I did not have a good experience here, but I'm hoping it was an isolated one. I did post a review about a month ago. My advice is not to go too hungry, and don't expect to receive things in the order in which you ordered them (ie. you might get dessert before you get your fish...)
My partner and I went for out anniversary dinner last summer. While the food was good, we paid something like $80 for the tab but I remember being somewhat still hungry leaving.
What really hurt was the owner not coming to our table to say hi.
It was recommended by a friend before X-mas and I've been back 5 times already. Food is excellent!
Many great tapas. Prices are very reasonable.
I'm very glad to see this neighborhood picking up as far as dining goes.
Finally tried Relish yesterday. Mostly good; some problems.
Food ranged from pretty good (mixed greens; lamb empanadas; chicken roulades; eggplant fritters; artichoke/bean dip; BBQ ribs) to excellent (foccacia; pasta shells; sage crepe; scallops; spinach salad; risotto; chocolate polenta cake; spice cake). Coffee was blah and they don't have cream. Lattes were good. Wine (two reds by the glass) and Belgian beer were both fine.
The service was very friendly, nothing was bad, and we would go back. However, we would make some very explicit requests when ordering and expect them to be followed. We would discuss timings, orchestrate the sequence of dishes, and make it clear that anything served wildly out of sync would be returned. The sequencing and timing of the dishes turned what would have been an exceptional neighbourhood dining experience into one that was just OK.
Although our party of 4 ordered individually without specific plans to share, and made this clear to our server, the info apparently wasn't passed to the kitchen or their food runner. Two of us received several plates rather quickly while two others waited an hour before getting any food. Given some serious allergies, the other two in our party couldn't offer a bite. The foccacia we expected to receive quickly was forgotten for over an hour.
Portions were not miniscule for the style and, unlike some other posters, everyone was stuffed. The tab (about $125 for food and bevs for 4) was reasonable, but prices were much higher than those reported previously.