Local Kitchen & Wine Bar
There is a new resto opening on Queen West between Triller and Roncesvalles called Local Kitchen & Wine Bar, there website link doesn't work and it advertises itself as Italian inspired using the best locally sources ingredients. They also talk about making their own salamis. Anyone know anything about this place or the owners?
Went here last night for a casual Sunday dinner and loved it. The room has personality and is pretty without trying hard. I would call it eclectic and natural. The servers, two lovely women, are well-trained / knowledgeable, attentive, friendly and professional.
On to the food: excellent execution. Tried the house-cured salumi, which included elk sausage (delicious and strong game taste), a spicy sausage which was fairly light on spice but tasty, and some absolutely delicious fatty prosciutto-like ham.
I had the smoked potato gnocchi which didn't have a strong smoke flavour but had wonderful fluffy texture. It came swimming in a light cream sauce and with deliciously bitter, perfectly done rapini. I loved this dish. DC had sweetbread tortellini in marrow sauce... SO good. I actually preferred his dish to mine, as much as I loved it. Earthy, musky... all things you could ask for from such a dish.
Prices are very reasonable. With two classes of Rose Brut, came to I think $100 w/ tax and tip. They have a great concept (short menu, pasta-centric) and I have great hopes for the place. Will definitely return!
There are two very similar threads going about this place, so I copied my review to both..
We visited Local Kitchen and Wine Bar last night, too. All in all, a fantastic meal in a nice setting. It's right around the corner from us in Roncesvalles Village, so quite convenient. We went around 7pm Saturday night, and had to leave our number, as the wait was said to be about an hour. We were anticipating this, and went for a drink at Mitzi's in the meantime. They called us well within the hour, and had our table ready by the time we made it back.
The decor of this place is great. Space-wise, it's pretty small, with lots of shared tables of varying origin. As another Hound mentioned, they play lots of 80's rock, and the room is lively when full- hardly an austere dining room. This particular night, we found the atmosphere to be perfect.
The food is traditional Italian, with some twists here and there. Quite a small menu, with a few daily app specials, and 2 daily desserts. Most of the plates are small, and come in $10/15 sizes.
We started with the two salads from the menu- a dressed potato one with sea beans and parsley, and a lolla rossa one with beautifully creamy chunks of squash. Both of these salads were delicious, and went extremely well together. We also tried the special of two cherry peppers stuffed with bococinni cheese. This third item was basic, but it also integrated well with the other salads and only cost $5.
Our main courses were the smoked gnocchi and the whitefish. The former was nice; the texture of the gnocchi was excellent- positively fluffy. The sauce was more of a broth than a cream, which helped lighten the dish immensely. I felt the flavour was good, but not dazzling. It was subtle, but not mind-blowing. The fish was cooked perfectly, and was accompanied by a couple of seared brussel sprouts and some pancetta bits, which made for an extremely delicious compliment to the moist pan-fried fish. A small dish for the money, but quite tasty.
For dessert, we shared a ricotta tarlet, garnished with dried fruit compote. The filling was nice and not too sweet, but it might have been a little lighter, and the pastry was a little dense. Still, quite enjoyable. I've had better desserts before, but this one was hardly disappointing.
We weren't drinking much that night, but we each had a glass of a Pinot Noir; one from Jordan, another from Beamsville. They were each $10, and came in nifty little stemless glasses.
Due to the minimal libations, our bill for two came to a reasonable $100 including tax/tip. We shall certainly return, now that we've been introduced to this neighbourhood gem!
Local Kitchen and Wine Bar
1710 Queen W. (at Roncesvalles)
you must have taken the table we vacated! We had the chick pea crostini starter special, gnochi, the pork belly and the 'cannoli'. all were delicious and just enough food, along with a bottle of flat rock pinot noir and 2 glass of late harvest vidal. $102 before tip (our bill usually averages $150-$200 depending how much and what kind of tipple.
i'm glad this place is so close to home...
wouldn't be in too much of a rush. I spoke with the proprietors today and they're still waiting on the liquor license thanks to the city workers' strike. They inform me that they're hoping to be open by the end of the month. That said, last night and tonight they're having an invite only food and wine pairing (hence the paper off the windows) that you may be able to crash if they have any space left. give the number on the website a call to find out.
it opened on thursday, we went in last night (sunday). locally sourced ingredients, their own tomatoes (which they are very proud of).
2 of us, started out with two of their specialty cocktails, each $8, an apple pie style manhattan and peach infused mojito, the 2 servers looked over some notes for recipe instructions, but executed them well. toasted artisan bread with a drizzle of olive oil was brought out (and offers to replenish). small plate style resto/wine bar with 20 table seats, another 5 seats at the bar and and 2 seats at a food bar.
we chose a rabbit stuffed tortelli (2 sizes $10/$15), excellent texture, fresh, great flavours. arctic char ($14), perfectly cooked, nice moisture factor, seasoned simply and perfectly with salt and pepper served with a hash of red peppper and what was billed as cetriolo but seemed more like zucchini than cucumber. we also had the seared duck breast with lentils ($15), also very good but perhaps sliced too quickly after searing as some of the juices that would have kept it moister must have escaped-but still very tasty.
desserts were few-only 2 (each $6) and we tried both. the lemon torta was very good with a mixed nuts and honey syrup and a selection of 5 small biscotti (not the coffee house kind). only the mushroom shapped amaretto flavoured one was really good, but the cookies were served straight out of the fridge and also had a noted damp moisture coating.
we had a bottle of flat rock cellars pint noir ($45) with our small plates which was served straight out of the fridge and needed a bit of time to warm up. glasses of wine average $10 and bottles $45.
music started out bluesy rock then a good smattering of huey lewis and the news and hall and oates. the room is comfortable and pleasant. the service was attentive and caring. i'm not sure if it is entirely owner operated but mike-wearing an apron-came over and had a short conversation.
so, 2 cocktails, the bread, the 3 small plates and 2 desserts with a bottle of wine came to $127. very handy location for us, great little room, the menu is a bit small, but we intend to go back often for wine and for the tortelli. its a great little place.