Just went to Smalltalk Cafe last night for the first time, on Bayview south of Eglinton. It was excellent. Their starter bread was soft and perfectly abundant. I think it was honey whole wheat, or something similar. Paired with a GORGEOUS olive oil infused with roasted garlic poured over fresh herbs I could have eaten the bread and olive oil alone and left happy. There was tons of it too, it just kept coming. My roasted beet salad was among the best beet salads I've ever had. My entree was their take on spaghetti and meatballs. Basically a nice rustic tomato sauce with spinach, pine nuts, goat's cheese, and flavourful meatballs. Very pretty in its bowl, it was lovely to eat. It was probably the least impressive component of my dining experience by comparison but only because everything else was so perfect. It still gets an A from me though. My girlfriend loved it. The best part of the meal was the molten valrhona chocolate souffle. I'm always on the lookout for good chocolate, real bittersweet delights, and this was what I look for. Incredible. Prices are REALLY REASONABLE. My small dinner order of pasta was $8.50. I peeked at other people's tables and their food look yummy too. Next time I'm trying their burger with black truffle puree on grilled cornmeal bun. That looked damn good. Nice space; relaxed, but cool without losing its comfort. And not one but TWO free Amuse Bouche offerings. That was a nice touch. Oh yeah, and wicked Latte and Mimosas too. Anyways, at the risk of droning on like a critic I say check it out. Hopefully it'll be consistent.
We like this place and go there fairly often. The owner/chef really cares and they'll send you significant freebie offers regularly if you give them your coordinates.
That said, food and service can be very inconsistent. "When it is good, it is very, very good and when it is bad..." The meatballs, on one occasion, were inedible and the eggs florentine once floated in water. At other times, both of these dishes were good. The "supper club" menu, when they offer it, is a bargain.
Generally, the bread, soups, and desserts are reliable. You will love or loathe that burger..it is very unusual. Like many places, they insist on cooking it well done. Try the Guiness-braised short ribs.