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Niagara Street Cafe - help?

Has anyone dined here recently? Is it worth visiting? I have plans to go Friday night but am willing to change them if I don't hear anything positive.

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  1. It's one of my very favourite places in the city.

    I'd be sure to make a reservation though... it get pretty busy.

    1. You should look it up under "places" : http://www.chow.com/places/3698

      I personally really like Niagara St Cafe.

      My most recent visit was Valentines for a 5 course tasting menu.

      Usually the starters are around $10 and the mains around $20, which I think is excellent value considering they use naturally raised, organic and or local ingredients.

      As noted you should reserve because the restaurant is tiny.

      The menu is not huge and changes seasonally.

      1. I noticed about a week ago they had hanger steak on the menu, was around $18 I think...they also often have a berkshire pork dish on there...the menu is small but solid, all executed very well...great wine offerings aswell...great little spot...

        1. Had a so-so brunch there on Sunday, surprisingly. Good server took a bunch of stuff off the bill like overcooked/burnt/chewy rosti and overcooked/too-salty biscuits with runny homemade strawberry jam. We were disappointed with the small portion of spiced albacore tuna beet potato salad (could have used a few more leaves of arugula and a whole egg instead of half an egg). Nice big portion of eggs benny on biscuit with salad, but again, biscuit was too tough. Happy they had fresh pineapple and grapefruit juices.

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          1. re: Food Tourist

            Thanks for the info, everyone - so far there's been only positive feedback for the dinner service, and one negative for brunch, so it's still a go.

            Anyone have the octopus dish in particular who can write about it?

            1. re: Yum2MyTum

              Good for you yum2mytum. I think you'll have a grand time. I'd be interested to hear back. We haven't been in a year or more and have been meaning to check it out. When it first opened we almost lived there...loved the menu posted on the mirrors, and great memories of the grilled composed ceasar salad with soft boiled egg on top. For us it seemed to loose a bit of it's charm in the last couple of visits but again, that was quite awhile ago. I've always loved the room and Anton is great. It's worth another shot.

            2. re: Food Tourist

              I've had brunch there twice.

              The first time I had a chorizo tomato ragout over soft polenta and it was amazing. The service was great and I still think about that dish.

              The second time I had a pulled pork confit sandwich special. The order took a long time to arrive and then the side was not as I had specified. The server was very quick and apologetic to take the dish back but I found the sandwich not very tasty and way too greasy (even though I know confit is by nature oily). Perhaps it was a bad choice on my part.

            3. Oh no - it looks like Anton is unable to accommodate my request for Friday.

              Does anyone know a reasonably priced place in the King West area for dinner? It's for a party of 7 and I'm open to trying something new. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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              1. re: Yum2MyTum

                If you're willing to venture as far as Peter and Adelaide, Tutti Matti is about the same price range as Niagara. Great, rustic Italian cooking, and a nice atmosphere.

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                Tutti Matti
                364 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V1R7, CA