Czehoski for Summerlicious: AWESOME!
So, I was a little apprehensive to try Czehoski based on the abundance of negative feedback I read on this site, but the restaurant—or should I say hole in the wall—that we wanted to visit was closed for "summer hours" so we kept wandering and saw Czehoski and thought we should try it. It's always been at the back of my mind.
I'm writing this review to give another perspective on this restaurant as I've read a very detailed, but rather negative, review about this restaurant. I feel like I have to do it justice as I had an awesome time (and meal) there.
So I went in to make reservations for within half an hour, and the guy who was working was very friendly. He didn't write anything down, he said he'd remember me. That was nice, especially considering how the last review said that the customer service was abysmal.
Our service was quick—too quick at one point, bringing one dessert before the other finished eating. A tip to avoid that would be to order dessert at the same time, don't just order one and wait to check back for the second order as they suggested.
So I had the arugula salad. It was pretty good. The vinaigrette was very light and plain, nothing too adventurous, and the only thing on the plate was arugula. It was very simple, but it was a good serving of greens, which I love. My friend got the poutine. It's important to note, for those of you who don't eat pork, that the poutine is pork based and not beef based. It was quite good. Very home grown taste, not your standard poutine. At first it was odd because it didn't taste like most poutine, but it quickly grew on us. We loved it.
For our mains I got the small chicken. It was very good. It was roasted with garlic cloves and lemon in the cavity. There were other spices, I think I read thyme was in it. It was quite good. Some sort of gnocchi maybe came beside it all. There was a good serving of arugula that came with it (although it would've been nice to try a different green as I just had an arugula salad—the flatiron steak came with roquet instead). My friend got the brie stuffed perogies. They were great too, but a bit heavier. The sauerkraut that came with it was made of red cabbage and didn't taste like vinegar at all, which is amazing, because I'm not a fan of vinegary things. The crème fraiche was great too. The mains did not skimp on the fat at all, which is awesome in my opinion (I'm not a calorie counter).
For dessert we both got the crème brulée. Amazing. It was "bruléed" all nice and thick on top. The crème was a consistent cream texture unlike some poorly made crème brulées that are kind of gelatinous. It was flavoured with nutmeg and cinnamon maybe, reminiscent of Christmas for sure. It was excellent and I still think about it. If you go there, definitely get the crème brulée. Not that I'm a crème brulée connoisseur but that was the best one I've had...but I've maybe had all of four in my life, so I'm no pro.
The ambiance was beautiful. Beautiful style... the backdrop in the open kitchen was beautiful. Luckily we got to sit by the kitchen to see everything being made. Great ventilation system. Lots of frying going on I'm sure and we didn't smell anything (or hear anything). Something worked about that. Beautiful kitchen... beautiful restaurant... beautiful bathrooms (but small stalls, very European style).
Overall, excellent value! $35 for the dinner. Great taste... Honestly, probably the best Summerlicious/Winterlicious I've done. It was very enjoyable, the service was excellent... Great food!!! I definitely recommend it and I am a picky restaurant go-er. I would definitely go again when it's no longer Summerlicious for sure!!