Streetsville restaurants for a date
Any recommendations? Most of the previous posts were about Pearl Street Bistro. I'm looking for a nice place to take a date. Has anyone gone to:
* Martins Portuguese Restaurant Churrasqueira
* Dimmi Ristorante and Pizzeria
* Tapas de Espana
S-ville's never enjoyed a rep for stellar food.Grub in the many bars has always ranged from acceptable to deplorable.Small places like Pita Nutsy and the other nearby Med/Middle Eastern joint are OK. Queen's Fish&Chips near the Post Office is dependable. Most others seem to combine inept service/so-so food/pretense in predictable packages that disappoint.
We decided to go to Martin's, but upon calling them, found out that there was a change of ownership three weeks ago, and the restaurant is now known as Casa Cheffield Cuisine. The same chef is in the kitchen, but they've expanded the Portuguese menu to include some French and Italian elements.
The room is spacious, and seemed more so as there were only two other people there at 6 pm. There is a small patio out front with a view of the plaza across the street. We started with the flamed choricou ($9) which came in a little bowl painted to resemble a pig. The sausage was a little charred as the bowl held some alcohol that was still aflame when it reached the table. The meat was quite chunky, salty and well-spiced.
My date had the sesame salmon ($20), a large piece of fish coated in sesame. I had one of the evening's specials, a roasted duck breast ($26). Both were substantial portions. I found the meat to be quite overcooked and chewy, with no hint of pink in the centre. We both thought the accompanying sides were more interesting: pieces of nicely steamed broccoli, asparagus and butternut squash, as well as a medley of garlic, chard and red cabbage sandwiched between two squares of mixed mashed potatoes. No room for dessert unfortunately.
Some of the other items on the menu included: shrimp-stuffed tilapia with Thai basil and ginger; ossu bucco served with saffron risotto; salted cod; eggplant gateau. The other special for the evening was oven-roasted rabbit.
Based on this one experience, I didn't feel this restaurant offered good value. While the room tries hard to project elegance, the menu is a little unfocused and I just felt uncomfortable eating in a largely empty restaurant.