Roncesvalles - late to the party but...wow!!
It's not a neighbourhood I get to often but I found myself out that way today and thought I'd take a quick little stroll. What an absolute treat!! I was blessed for choices for coffee bars - Cherry Bomb, Tinto, Alternative Grounds, Lit. I ambled into Queen of Tarts, which I've read so much about on this board but never tried - OMG, I was like a kid in a candy store. Then I bought a few cheeses at Thin Blue Line - what a lovely little (emphasis on "little") shop that is (great selection of BC, Quebec and Ontario artisinal cheeses). I also bought some meats at one of the Polish delis (forget the name - just up from Queen of Tarts). There was a gourmet food shop that I didn't make it into, more delis, etc. WOW!
Now that it's top of mind, I might head back there for dinner in the next month or so. How is Cafe Polonez? Other spots you'd recommend? Thanks.
I've lived in the area for over 20 years and it has changed a lot - mostly for the better! I've never been to Cafe Polonez but have been to Chopin where the food was mediocre and the service rude. Depending what you want, there is a lot of choice. One of my favourites is still Domani's. The food is fresh, the service warm, and the prices reasonable. Silver Spoon is a real gem - in other parts of the city you would pay way more for such innovative food and immpecable service. Last time we were there they had ostrich as a special. At dessert they gave us complimentary warm chocolate chip cookies and a sample of dessert wine. It's a place where they seem genuinely glad to see you. River is also special. They train at risk kids in the food service industry (take that, Jamie Oliver). It can be a romantic place to snuggle in the banquettes at the back and the food, while not outstanding, is very good and well priced. Abstract Tree is new and I haven't tried it yet. Boho gets mixed reviews and speaking of reviews, you should check out The Revue theatre. It's really one of the last neighbourhood cinemas. Enjoy!