Pic Nic Queen St East
Pic Nic is a nicely designed restaurant on Queen, east of Broadview. Set up mostly as a wine bar with platters. For $20 you choose 2 cheeses, 2 meats and 3 condiments (things like olives, apricot chutney, appples, roasted peppers) which is served with a basket of bread. Charcuterie served up in a unique way, really. I did enjoy the platters and wine selection very much. Not a massive wine list, but one that I found plenty to enjoy on. There are also soups, salads and panini sandwiches. Specials are on offer and the choice was a braised lamb shank or a roasted chicken breast. The lamb was not a hit at our table - rather than the sumptuous, melty meat dish I would expect - it was dry and really not seasoned well enough for our tastes. The chicken was excellently cooked, very tender, though not 'inspired'. Soup again, lacked seasoning. We did not try the two desserts so can't comment there.
The staff were fantastic (appropriately handled the aspects we weren't thrilled with) and the decor nice (though stools at the communal table may put some off who prefer a back to their chair). Even the washrooms were incredibly nice (there is a wheelchair accessible one as well). I would heartily recommend stopping in for wine and platters, but perhaps give the cooked food a miss for now....
I ate here last night for supper with my SO. We each had a wine flight (3 glasses, $12), an an entree as suggested by the server. Unfort we were underwhlemed by the food, i got the daily Quiche (asiago, prosciutto, asperagus) and salad, both of which were over salted, and my SO got the skate (minced skate fish on lukewarm mashed potatoes) that was on the menu. His dish was just bad. However, we both did enjoy the wine flights, the decor and service. We will prob go back to try the platter, and if that isn't up to par, we won't be returning. Is the platter large enough for 2 people? (i.e.: how much bread, meat, cheese do you get?)
We just went to Pic Nic last night after doing some early Christmas shopping. It was exactly what we were looking for. I was trying to find a restaurant that I hadn't been to before and we really didn't need $24 entree at 9:00 pm, so finding Pic Nic was a real gem. As the other poster mentioned, the platters are a great idea. We had a gorgonzola cheese that was beautiful and then a Dutch hard cheese alon with salami and proscuitto. The bread was gorgeous.
The wine list was short but had some great, reasonable ($40) selections. The service was fabulous. We had "Dave" and he was really attentive without hovering.
Overall a great experience. Definately a place I'd go back to.