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Hungry Annie May 9, 2008 09:27 AM

Has anyone tried Grace Restaurant on College?

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    peppermint pate May 30, 2008 01:05 PM

    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.

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      childofthestorm May 30, 2008 02:30 PM

      Thanks for the review! This is at the top of my list of new places to try.

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      mahwah May 15, 2008 10:45 AM

      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!

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        team_eater May 15, 2008 11:51 AM

        What is the approximate price range (total bill)?

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          pancake May 15, 2008 08:46 PM

          http://www.toronto.com/restaurants/ar...

          The prices are listed in the above link - if the food tastes as good as it looks it seems like a real winner - I can't wait to try the place.

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            mahwah May 16, 2008 10:28 AM

            Prices range from $8 - $24, so a dinner for two with three courses and wine would probably come to about $100 at the most.

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          freelancer May 14, 2008 07:24 PM

          I booked a reservation for when I'm in town. Most of the shops close around 9 pm, right? How long would it take to get a cab from the Yorkville area and get over to Grace, approximately? I am pretty stoked.

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            TorontoJo May 15, 2008 08:25 AM

            It's a very short cab ride -- 5 minutes in good traffic, only a few more in bad.

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              freelancer May 16, 2008 07:47 PM

              Thanks so much! That is awesome. I'm excited to try it out and I'll post a review here for sure.

          2. Recyclor May 9, 2008 09:40 AM

            I was there for their opening on Monday after the dinner when they passed around snacks, there was a great iced carrot cake and a delicious tiny lemon tart...serving team seemed to have their game together...a friend ate there the next night and said it was great...

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              Non Doctor May 9, 2008 10:25 AM

              I was also there for the opening party and the samples of food were indeed very good.

              I love what Leslie Gibson has done with the space.

              Must try it out sometime next week!

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                jcanncuk May 14, 2008 06:14 PM

                Trying to revive this one as I made a reservation for next week - anyone been yet???

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                banackbread May 15, 2008 09:40 AM

                headed there for dinner tomorrow night, can't wait, and will make sure to report back....

                The chef was the saucier at Susur for years, and glad he found a new gig now that Susur is closing up shop there.

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                  aser May 16, 2008 02:16 PM

                  he worked for susur for 6 yrs, was a sous when he finally left.

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