silver spoon - toronto - roncesvalles
I'm trying to come up with something complimentary to say about the Now reviewer (whom I knew when he was a Queen West musician in the heady and poncey days of the late 1970s) and his sense of taste but I'm at a loss of words.
The Silver Spoon is pretty good but, in the neighbourhood, Domani (across the sreet and down about a block)is a better bet -- the mussels appetizer is something special.
The Silver Spoon serves up pretty standard upscale College Street fare with a few gems --the Rack of Lamb is indeed a good deal but I can do better at home so I'm not that impressed. When they venture into things of a Italian bent, they can really shine at times as that style of cooking appears to be the chef's first love.
After Kates raved about them in the Globe, they got slammed and service took a nosedive. It seems to be better now though tables of ten can still throw them for a loop.
Checked it out last weekend with a couple
of friends. Wholly unremarkable. The menu
doesn't reach. Chicken, lamb, veal or fish -
essentially one of each. A cluster of pastas,
glommed with cream, void of notable accents
Service started out well enough. I can see
why Joanne Kates got all bubbly about the place -
they take your coat immediately. And then we
wait for 15 minutes to get a glass of wine.
This is a manageable room - it's not like the
staff are overwhelmed. When I have to ask for
bread (because the tables bookending us got it),
I get pissed, especially when we're 4 bites into
main course. Doesn't help that it seems to be
an inconvenience for the staff member.
Roncesvalles needs places like the Silver Spoon.
It's got great neighbourhood potential. But to
attract some worthy attention, the chef's should
challenge our palates and the staff should leave
that College Street attitude where it belongs.
re: Newton Tong
Theres' a reason why River is weird and at times amateurish -- it's a training site for recently off the streets youth. An interesting place though.
As to the rest of the street, well, it does need another place like the Silver Spoon. There's an already licensed business (currently a doughnut shop!!?!) for sale dirt cheap right next to the Bulter's Pantry (a place that has the WORST service in the country).
Domani, as I mentioned, is okay though.