Has anyone tried Grace Restaurant on College?
I've been there twice since it opened last week, and I'm recommending it to anyone who will listen. It's lovely. The food is phenomenal - my favourites so far are the dandelion and ricotta ravioli, the pork steak, and the lemon tart. Everything is done really, really well. And the prices are definitely within reason, which makes it even more inviting. You should go, Hungry Annie!
I tried it this week and really enjoyed it. I loved the space as Ellipsis and again as Xacutti but the little makeover has improved it more - particularly the way they've opened up the wall between the dining room and the courtyard so you don't only go through the little doorway on the side.
Off to a good start with some warm baguette and soft butter!! We really enjoyed the corn soup with crab fritters - the fritters came in the bowl and the soup was poured in from a teapot at the table - lovely presentation and very flavourful. The avocado, tomato and ricotta salad with bacon dressing was also quite good. The port steak with marrow was a great idea and was quite good but not as wow as I would have expected - I think the meat was slightly overdone, perhaps could have been a better cut and wasn't quite hot enough. The bbq'd shortribs with coleslaw were pretty tasty. There were loads of other things that tempted us on the menu - it's a small, concise menu with lots of tempting seasonal ingredients - ramps, fava beans, fiddleheads, etc.
The dessert menu is fantastic - we went for the homemade cookies and received a platter with chocolate chip, peanut butter and a high-end oreo-ish cookie - very retro, very delicious. Other temptations to try on another visit - lemon tart, carrot cake with mascarpone ice cream and a chocolate souffle. I didn't study it carefully but there seemed to be a decent selection of wines by the half-glass, glass and half bottle which I, as a modest drinker, really appreciate. Prices were decent and the room was buzzing. Front of house service seemed a little lacklustre (as it was at Xacutti) but our waitress was great. I'd definitely go back.