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There is a new place on College at Clinton Street called Frank's Kitchen. The chef was at Centro for many years and recently worked with Marc Thuet. All breads are made in house and come with an olive spread and roasted red pepper spread. We started off with an amuse of Gazpacho soup that was refreshing and tasty. The Heirloom Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella salad was one of the best I have had in years with the perfect amount of tomatoes, cheese, shredded basil, olive oil and balsamic. My husband had the Crisp Gorgonzola Gnocchi with Pancetta and I had the Lobster Ravioli. I was told by our server that all pastas are made in house daily which is apparent from the first bite to the last! The even go so far as giving you a little sorbetto on a spoon as a palate cleanser before your next course. The St. Jacob's Pork 3 ways is another must try and well as the lamb loin which is cooked a perfect medium rare. Wine is list is small but growing consisting of popular brands such as Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and McMannis Cabernet Sauvignon. The recently added the Tawse Echos Riesling from Niagara which has great acidity will pair with most of the appetizers on the menu.

If you are looking for amazing food, service and atmosphere, Frank's Kitchen truly has all 3 and is very reasonably priced so it truly can be your home away from home!

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  1. I love this place. Haven't been for dinner yet but twice for private parties with apps coming out regularly. Lobster Tacos were amazingly light and clean. Cured meats were well executed with a good variety of interesting cheeses and the fresh breads put it over the top. Great oysters with condiments done simply but well (added touch of covering the lemons in cheesecloth so when you squeeze them the juice goes where it should and the pips are not an issue...small thing but there were lots of these that made the experience memorable).

    I am really looking forward to going back and trying the full menu. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. The bartender mentioned that she used to work with Frank and told him that whenever he opened his own place to give her a call cause he was a great guy and fun to work for...bodes well for the future.

    Probably never going to be a destination resto but could be one of those neighbourhood gems that keep people full and happy for a long time to come.

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    1. re: downtownfoodie

      Let me add my voice to those signing the praises of this place. I went in the very first night they were running their full menu (which could have been a major yikes) and it was a delight start to finish. The fact that it is right around the corner from my house is an added bonus!

      And yes, the lobster tacos are a standout!

      1. re: scrummy

        I wholeheartedly concur. We went last night and were duly impressed. Everything from the freshly prepared bread through the house made charcuterie and pasta dishes to the mains (definitely recommend the pork 3 ways) was excellent. The pricing is very reasonable. The portion sizes aren't huge, but that is just fine with me. Small but good wine list with some available by the glass, again not too expensive. When I get round to it, will link to my blog post. Thanks for the recs. Chowhound always work for me.

    2. Heard about this place a few weeks back, been interested in trying it out. Went last Friday, it was quite good. Table of 4, everyone enjoyed their food. We started with the 6 oyster appatizer, came loaded with fresh horseradish, lemon, cocktail sauce, (insert sauce I forgot here), and the chefs creation of chili ginger (looked like pickeled gigner, interesting idea). The mains were, 1 risotto, 1 gnocchi, 1 lobster ravioli, and the grilled chicken. Everyone enjoyed their meals, I had the lobster ravioli, and my only complaint was the red onion was a bit over powering, other then that the lobster, whilst subtle, was present, tender, and tasty in each little package. The mains took a while, so inbetween our appitizer, we were first brought a boiled quials egg ontop of tomato, cucumber, with truffle oil, and a cucumber avacdo gispachio. We were also brought a basil sorbet. Both were quite tasty. The fresh made breads were also good. The excellent food, paired with great, helpfull, knowledgeable, and tentive service, this was one of the better dinning experiences I've had in a long time.

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      1. re: timmychanga

        Looking forward to trying this place. Sounds great!
        Anyone know who the chef is?
        Do they take reservations or do you have to wait like so many new places today?
        Love College Street in the summer.
        Must go soon.

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        College Street Bar
        574 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B3, CA

        1. re: froglegs

          Yeah the Chef is Frank (something) who worked at Centro before. They do take reservations. Call well ahead, I called same day and barly landed a table.

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          Centro
          2472 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4P 2F5, CA

      2. prices anyone?

        reasonable to some might not be reasonable to others. the menu doesn't sound innovative but it sounds like earnest food, so at the right price point it could be enticing for non-locals.

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        1. re: pinstripeprincess

          Can't remember specifics but without much booze you can easily fill up for <40pp.

          The chef is Frank (shocking, I know, lol) Pharizan (sp?). Again I'm a little hazy on the details (we didn't go light on the booze...) but I know he spent time at Centro and some other well respected places.

          1. re: pinstripeprincess

            Prices are reasonable for what it is. Apps I think were around 9-16$, pastas from 17-21$, and mains from 20-26$, or in that ball park anyway. I don't recall the dessert prices. Keep in mind though, the portions arent that big.

            1. re: pinstripeprincess

              Tuesday and Wednesday they have a Prix Fixe for $28. Tonight it was a starter of shrimp tempura and greens, then a 6 oz. striploin steak with house made crispy gnocchi in gorgonzola sauce, and a pear strudle for dessert.
              My companion and I wanted to try other things on the menu so I can't comment on the Prix Fixe content, but it seemed popular with those at other tables who had ordered it.
              We had 2 cocktails, a bottle of red, and two after dinner drinks, plus three food courses each and the bill with a 25% tip (WELL DESERVED) was about $260.
              The service is very warm and attentive, the chef and his wife are obviously passionate about what they are doing here and they deserve to do well.
              I had the pork 3 ways, and it was delicious, but I also had the antipasto platter beforehand which was 90% pork product. I was hoping for the amazing veggie centred type of antipasta platter that Zucca does. So I chose badly - too much pork.
              The molten chocolate dessert was a little heavy and chalky for my taste.
              The house made breads are exceptional - I wish Frank would open a bakery!! If you can't afford even the Prix Fixe, just sit at the bar and have a glass of wine order their bread platter with their house made spreads and tapenades - the crispy bottommed foccacia in particular is stunning, studded with cloves of roast garlic, cherry tomatoes and other goodies I was too greedily guzzlying down to identify!
              I loved that the food was not salty. I'll definitely be going back.

              1. re: KitchenVoodoo

                Can you clarify with the Prix Fixe, whether or not there are choices (as with the 'Licious events), or is it a set menu?

                Also, in lieu of a website, does anyone have a photo of the menu?

            2. Need some recommendations on a place in the same category as Frank's Kitchen for a dinner with eight people, all foodies. We tried Frank's but they can't accommodate on the day we want to go. Could go west or south.

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              1. re: zoehitstheroad

                We were a party of four last night. Really enjoyed our meal and evening and love the look and feel to the resto. Service was very good considering how busy the place was.

                Tuna tartare starter was huge and very nice. Maybe could have had a little more punch to it but that's just me. Main was the artic char which I thoroughly enjoyed. Served with a little crab cake type thing and one perfect scallop in a thermadour sauce. Hubby had pork 3 ways which he said was very good also.

                Like others have mentioned, they certainly don't skimp on the amuse buche. We were given oysters rockefeller, pea shooters, and one other on a spoon. As well as the intermesso. Very nice bread basket too, made in house.

                Great value. Our bill for two came to $210 which included a shared desert and very nice bottle of Pepolli Chianti.

                I'd go back!

                1. re: millygirl

                  Great to hear! I'm going next weekend so, looking forward to it.

                  1. re: millygirl

                    Hi! I can't find their website, do you know if they have one?

                    1. re: East of Yonge

                      No website but they are on twitter (though haven't tweeted since November 1st): http://twitter.com/frankskitchen

                      BTW: I had a great meal there. Shared Oysters Rockefeller & the Arugula Salad. I had the Gnocchi w/ Pancetta & Gorgonzola & my friend had the Chicken. Those, on top of the House-made Breads, Amuse & Sorbet, were filling enough. The dessert may have been the only weak spot (warm chocolate cake, kinda bland, wanted more gooeyness) but with a glass of wine each (and tea), the bill was very reasonable (though can't recall exact amount now, 3 weeks later). I would definitely go back since there are a number of dishes I would want to try - like the pork 3 ways and more pasta.

                2. Four of us went for dinner last night, and while both service and food were top notch from start to finish, I have to say that we found the complimentary "extras" almost overwhelming.

                  Here's what we were served, with a * next to the extras:

                  * bread plate
                  * goat cheese fritter w/ salsa
                  * soup shooter
                  starters
                  * lemon sorbet w/ basil
                  mains
                  * beignets
                  dessert
                  * chocolate truffles

                  As I said above, everything we were served was excellent, and the comped food added value to what was already quite a reasonably priced meal for the quality ($315 incl tax & tip, with a bottle of wine, a beer, and 4 coffee on top of the food). It just seemed like a little TOO much - especially the beignets, which they apparently serve with coffee even if you've also ordered dessert.

                  Buy hey, at least we all left feeling nice and full, which isn't the case at some restaurants in town, so I suppose I shouldn't complain too much... ;)

                  Oh, and for those who mentioned above that they're looking for a website - it's www.frankskitchen.ca although it is just a redirect to thier Dine.TO page.

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                  1. re: gregclow

                    Wow! Thats amazing value. Thanks for posting.

                  2. First, I think prices have gone up about $1 across the board since the prices quoted here and in The National Post article.

                    I went to dinner here with a friend last week and I was pretty disappointed on a number of fronts.

                    We ordered the lobster ravioli, the elk and foie gras, and the chocolate souffle cake.

                    The good: the epi baguette and brioche in the bread basket were delicious! perfect little buns and accompanied by a delicious olive tapenade. The amuses were also very much enjoyed -- the shooter of a creamy potato/green veg soup was particularly luscious and lip smacking. Beautiful flavour, not overwhelmingly creamy, well salted. We also enjoyed the $34 bottle of Patriarche pinot noir (we dont' know much about wine - but it was clean, and just dry enough, and also $34. ha.)

                    The not-so-good: the lobster ravioli ($19) was very pedestrian. pasta was a bit thick, the filling tasted of haddock more than lobster (and the lobster was overcooked), and the tomato broth was kind of bland. The elk wrapped in foie gras and truffles ($30!) was the biggest disappointment. It was overcooked (slightly pink in the middle only) and as a result, tough and dry. The foie gras wrapping was tasteless though creamy. And there was no hint of the advertised truffle.

                    And finally, the chocolate souffle cake had no elements of a souffle. It was a cake. Basically your flourless chocolate cake with molten innards. It was good, but ... poorly described.

                    Service was enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

                    Yet another "mid-range" (how is this mid-range?!) Toronto restaurant that I regret spending my hard-earned cash at. Harumph.

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                    Frank's Kitchen
                    588 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B2, CA

                    1. Three of us, having three botles of wine, paid three hundred dollars, for a truely fun dining experience at Frank's Kitchen. And there seemed to be more than the traditional three courses. ( We didn't get to the (third) desert course.) It was a Tuesday (third day), so although full, it wasn't packed. We would highly recommend this dining experience, and I would have added it as one of my top ten had I been here before the poll by shekamoo started. Would also be interested in Rabbit's views. A place that takes its food maybe too seriously, and if you are with the right crowd to share everything great fun plus not the sort of thing you would cook at home..

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                      Frank's Kitchen
                      588 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B2, CA

                      1. I agree with the reviews. We went in a group of 3 for the New Years 2011 dinner, and it was amazing. The service was fun, polite, and had a very home-y and welcoming feeling to the restaurant. The food was great too, but everything we had was reviewed about already. I would definitely recommend Frank's Kitchen for any dinner.

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                        Frank's Kitchen
                        588 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B2, CA

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                        1. re: frostie

                          Any more thoughts on the service?

                          My ex-wife got in touch with me to ask if I knew anyone there, as she was going to write a letter of complaint about the service.

                          She didn't expand though.

                          And she can be a little strange when it comes to that stuff (if I remember correctly)

                          1. re: Non Doctor

                            I've been twice and found the service to be very good and warm.

                        2. I finally got to Frank's last night, and it easily ranks as my best all around meal of the year at this price point.

                          The service was very good by Toronto standards, and the chef was extremely accommodating to a friend shying away from meat and dairy. All of the extras were provided, as described in many posts above, and were all well received by our table of four.

                          I had the beef carpaccio to start, and savoured each mouthful. Well seasoned beef, torchon of foie gras, lightly dressed frissee, shaved truffle, and a nice added touch of crisp chopped haricots vert.

                          For my main, I chose the lobster and could not have been happier. Claws and tails in an aromatic broth, surrounded by mini tortellini and dressed with a fennel and chorizo slaw. Each bite was absolutely mouth watering.

                          For dessert, I tasted the plum tarte tatin, the strudel, and a few wonderful flavours of sorbet. The accompanying ice cream with the warm desserts was the same, yet managed to compliment each of them in a different way.

                          Regarding atmosphere, it was a bit of an older crowd, and I'd think likely because they are booking 6 weeks ahead at the moment. I actually appreciated the absence of the hipster vibe that we're getting at many of these newer mid-range establishments, where a server can't go the evening without calling you dude, man, or brother.

                          This refreshing experience will have me back very soon, as we made our next reservation upon leaving. As a creature of habit, I'd say it'll be next to impossible for me not to do it the very same way. If you haven't been yet, it's certainly a must try.

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                          1. re: dlw88

                            My wife and I went to Frank's Kitchen and were disappointed on nearly every possible level. I am truly shocked this resto made it into the 'Best New Restaurant' list in TO Life, and I am amazed that so many people like this place.

                            The experience is lacking on almost every level: the decor is uninspired, the food is an awkward, overdone combination of French and Italian (???!!!?), the service was slow (20 minutes to get our first glass of wine, as we were tended to by three different people who didn't know what was going on), and the servers were very unrefined given the prices on the menu. We went for our anniversary and wanted to really luxuriate - have dessert, dessert wine, scotch, etc. - but left after the mains. The elk was dry and chalky, with far too many ingredients, and the lobster ravioli was just OK.

                            We would have been much happier either 1) spending $25 for ethiopian, or 2) spending more money and going to Canoe. This resto has the worst of both worlds - above average pricing, for a below average experience.

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                            Frank's Kitchen
                            588 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B2, CA

                            1. re: andre3000

                              I'm not sure why Frank's Kitchen has received so much hype. We ate there for the first time last night and were completely unimpressed. The lobster ravioli had a pleasant enough simple tomato sauce. However, the lobster raviolis themselves were so bland that they were completely overpowered by the reasonably mild sauce. The fish special consisted of an overcooked diver scallop, a tasteless crab ravioli on a greasy sauce, and a piece of forgettable overcooked fish. The peach tarte tatin was OK, except for the fact that peaches aren't in season and there wasn't a lot of peach flavour. The wine list was compact and devoid of anything interesting, to say the least, and while I know it's standard in Ontario, $60 (or $65, I can't remember which) for a Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc is a bit rich. The breads were good, and the service was enthusiastic, if not particularly knowledgeable except in the manner of the provenance of the ingredients. The room itself is a typical narrow Toronto retail space, which isn't particularly comfortable. My wife remarked the food was a lot like what you get from the Oliver-Bonacini chain, in the sense that it delivered lots of fat in a somewhat pretentious format. But it didn't deliver much in the way of the taste of the underlying ingredients. I agree with Andre's suggestion above, though I'd substitute Scarpetta or Colborne Lane for Canoe. This restaurant would never be well reviewed in Montreal, let alone New York or London.

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                              Colborne Lane
                              45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA

                              Sauvignon
                              1862 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L1H1, CA

                              Frank's Kitchen
                              588 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B2, CA

                              1. re: yyzman

                                I agree totally. We ate there a week after Valentine's Day and while the food and service were good...they were not what was expected.

                                Quite honestly, the whole time we were there, all I could think about was the great (and less expensive) meal I could have been eating at Sidecar across the street.

                                1. re: yyzman

                                  The Kim Crawford is $56 a bottle, not $65. Pretty standard.

                            2. My wife and I have eaten her a few times and always had great food and service. The only problem is the 4 ounce single servings of wine, order a bottle instead.

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                              1. re: Michelin_Man

                                Glasses are 6oz pour...always measured out. Look for the marked glass behind the bar they use to measure. I was watching her at the bar,

                              2. Last night I took a friend for her birthday to Frank's Kitchen. The only time we could get a table was 8:30. We were seated right away but our waiter disappeared. It took over twenty minutes to order a bottle of wine and another ten to finally get a glass of it. Right after pouring the wine he asked us if we were ready to order. We ordered, fully expecting to be given some time to enjoy the wine and unwind. Imagine our surprise when our meals came ten minutes later! We thought we were supposed to be on a celebratory evening out, not a "dine and dash".
                                I had red snapper and my friend had the lamb. The portions are small but we both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The food is excellent.
                                The owner had called earlier to reconfirm our reservation. She mentioned there would be a complimentary dessert for the birthday girl. The waiter either knew nothing about it or forgot. Luckily my friend went to the washroom and I was able to straighten it out. The dessert was blueberry cream brulee and it was also delicious. Dinner for two, including taxes, with a bottle of red wine was $117.00. Very reasonable with lots of complimentary extras-interesting bread and dips to start, soup shooters and miniature chocolate truffles. Nice details and touches. The ambience is nice too. When you mostly hang out in North Toronto, it was lots of fun to hit Little Italy on a Friday night.

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                                Frank's Kitchen
                                588 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B2, CA

                                1. I've got a reservation for tomorrow evening.

                                  Does anybody know if Frank's has a prix fixe menu through the week?

                                  1. Has anyone visited Franks' lately who can suggest what is great on the menu right now? I'm heading there tonight for the first time and all thoughts are welcome. Thanks!

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                                    1. re: Cat123

                                      So it seems that there is no news on Frank's. I had hoped to add some but sadly, last night's visit did not go well.

                                      I had reserved 2 seats at the bar since that was all that was available when I called about a week ahead. No problem - I eat out regularly and generally love sitting at the bar. However, when I arrived I was shown to the only 2 free seats at the bar which were 2 steps from the front door right in the entrance and practically on top of where the host/hostess works from. Really, I was shocked that they would seat anyone there at all. When I asked if they had anything else the hostess said that they were full and that I could have specified when I made the reservation that I didn't want to sit in the entranceway. She said that's what all the others at the bar had done and that's why they still had those 2 seats free and that next time I could specify that too. Ok, well obviously since I hadn't been there before I didn't know to specify I didn't want to sit in the vestibule of the restaurant. I would note that I also didn't specify that I didn't want to sit in the dish pit or the bathroom and somehow they figured that out on their own. Anyway, I found the suggestion that I should have known better less than helpful, particularly since she clearly knew that they were crap seats.

                                      I was more than a bit irritated at this point, with both the seats and her attitude, but decided to sit and wait for my friend to arrive. While I waited, sitting in the vestibule, I got to listen to chat from front of the house about everything going on in the restaurant, including about who was going to be getting VIP treatment that evening. Clearly not me.

                                      All the while, the door opened and closed behind me and although they have taken lots of measures to keep the cold out the whole thing was just really uncomfortable. The host staff would have been closer to me than my dining companion - it was way too close for comfort.

                                      When my guest arrived, she asked when we were going to be shown to our seats, as if there was no possible way we could be actually expected to have dinner in a restaurant of this calibre from those seats. We decided (in mime, because the hostess was practically on top of us the whole time) that we just couldn't bring ourselves to pay the prices Frank's was asking (non-pasta mains in the 30s - not sure if they have gone up lately or not) and sit in those seats - we were just really uncomfortable and in a restaurant at that price point they shouldn't have even been there.

                                      So we told the hostess we had decided to leave, as we never would have accepted the reservation had we known where they would seat us. At this point, she offered to move her reservation papers, etc. a little further away and then tried to guilt trip us into staying, saying that they had turned away lots of people for those seats and we were not honouring our reservation and were thereby causing them to lose business.

                                      In any event, after a bit more back and forth on that we left, so I didn't get to try Frank's. I'm not one to readily walk out of a restaurant over seating (I can't remember ever doing so in the past) but I just couldn't see spending $200 on dinner in that circumstance. Sadly, I don't see a return visit in the future. It's probably mutual.

                                      This morning, I looked online for a picture of the resto to show someone where I sat, and lo and behold, the older photos I found don't show any bar stools where there were two last night. Just a stack of paperwork. And rightly so. If you are offered bar seats in the future, I recommend clarifying exactly where at the bar they intend to put you. Photo in the review linked below (note that it seems to have been taken with a wide angle lense - the blank space at the bar is no where near as big as it looks - but you get the picture!).

                                      http://www.carameleggpudding.com/2011...

                                      1. re: Cat123

                                        "I would note that I also didn't specify that I didn't want to sit in the dish pit or the bathroom and somehow they figured that out on their own. "

                                        I would say this to them, and thank them for it!

                                        1. re: Cat123

                                          Trust me, you didnt miss out on anything. This place is wayyyyyyyyyy over rated!

                                          1. re: The Macallan 18

                                            I had similar service issues to Cat123 (and wouldn't go back if you gave me a gift certificate). When my bf tried to post his observations (probably a year back), the moderator deleted his comments.

                                          2. re: Cat123

                                            I'm intrigued by Cat123's experience of crummy bar seating at Frank's Kitchen. It seems as if Frank's added the two bar seats - where none existed before - to take advantage of its growing popularity. Can't say I blame the place, but it's definitely not nice to customers. When you're popping $200 a couple, you expect a little comfort. Though I notice a number of joints have the habit of adding inconvenient seating where none existed before. There's a new table for two at Congee Queen that you'll never get me to go to - it's like sitting in the middle of a traffic island. And a good Italian resto in my part of town, the bowling-alley-shaped Trio, on Yonge St. north of Lawrence, recently tried adding a whole row of tables for two. It didn't go over well. Everyone was bumping into everyone else. Though when I peeked in the window last night - on my way to a more intelligently spaced resto further up the block - I noticed that that row of tables had been removed. I suppose customers - other than me - bitched long and hard.

                                            Mind, if I was paying $200 a couple at Frank's, I'd insist on a real table. Or hie myself immediately to The Pasta Bar at Scaramouche.

                                        2. has anyone been lately? I am going on friday night and would love recommendations.

                                          www.abbeyskitchen.com

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                                          1. re: hungryabbey

                                            Hi Abbey, did you go?

                                            1. re: cyrilcooper

                                              Oh yes, sorry, I got crazy busy after this.
                                              So, when we went, I had remembered this post and asked NOT to be put near the door (even though we were booked for a spot at the bar). Upon arrival we were sat at the bar (near the middle of the bar) and immediately served water and drinks. Our server (the bartender) was incredibly friendly, playful and professional.

                                              I started with the Muddled blueberry peach bellini (I know, a B*tch drink, but it was a Friday and what I say goes) which was refreshing and surprisingly, not too sweet. The other half ordered an Old Fashion (which is not actually on the menu), which in contrast, was just plain bad. Our dear bartender had a colleague whip it up, and while the garnishing was right, it ended up just being a shot of booze in an entire glass of club soda. Watery and not great. Thankfully, our bartender then recruited another staff member to re-do the order, and what we got was perfect (burnt orange rind and all!). Here, I will also just briefly mention that I also enjoyed their Berry Social (raspberry vodka, muddled mint, blackberries, lime, soda and simple syrup)- it was well balanced, sweet, tangy, and refreshing. While I did find the drink menu a little ill-suited to the season, it was suited to my palate, nonetheless.

                                              Moving onto food, Frank's is pretty generous with the complementary courses, especially today when I find myself even having to pay for bread. This is what we tasted:

                                              Brioche with Black Sesame, Parmesan Baguette, Pesto Focaccia with Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade, House Cured Olives- A delicious way to start the meal. All of the housemade breads were delicious, with my favourite being the focaccia. It was chewy, salty and soft, and paired nicely with the sweetness of the tapenade. I was a bit disappointed in the brioche, as I found it a little dry (and with all that butter, come on, it should never be dry!)
                                              Amuse: Potato Leek Soup with Goat Cheese Croquette and Tomato Cucumber Salad- I could have made a meal out of those croquettes all on their own. I loved it's tangy and salty character against the sweetness of the tomato salad. The soup, however, left a lot to be desired. While the texture was fine, it had an unusual fishy aroma. And no, I'm not an idiot, I assume there were no fish products in the soup, but it's smell was mildly unsettling.
                                              Oysters Rockefeller (6 oysters baked with spinach, bacon and hollandaise)- I'm not an Oysters Rockefeller expert, but I've had it a number of times, and this version was merely okay. It lacked the sumptuousness I think we all have come to expect whenever hollandaise gets thrown into a recipe. Now, the oysters that had an abundance of bacon on them were great, but that was because I was just tasting crispy, smokey bacon and nothing really else. But the hollandaise was otherwise a bit flat, and took down the rest of the dish.

                                              Seared Foie Gras and Quail Breast with Kumquat Salad- This was a delicious starter. The quail breast was seared perfectly, rendering a super crispy, well seasoned skin. The foie gras was also cooked perfectly. Both rich proteins were cut by the bold acidity of the kumquat salad. It seems like it's been a while since I have had foie gras, so I'm happy I wasn't disappointed.
                                              Intermezzo: Kalamansi Lime Sorbet with Basil- Exactly what a palate cleanser should be. Bright, refreshing and aromatic.

                                              Kobe Beef Short Ribs, with Sweet Pea puree, Heirloom Slaw and Horseradish Sauce- The short ribs were succulent, rich and tender, and juxtaposed nicely by the sweet peas and the spicy horseradish. My favourite part of the dish was by far the crunchy, sour slaw, which was beautifully composed with immaculate attention to seasoning and good quality ingredients. I was also pleasantly surprised that under the moisture of the slaw, the light and crispy onion rings managed to maintain their integrity. My only criticism would be that when eaten without a generous swipe in the sauce, the beef itself was a bit bland and could have used a bit more pepper and salt.

                                              Orange and Cocoa Nib crushed Duck Breast with Cipollini onions, French Beans, Crisp Parmesan Polenta, in a Tarragon and Foie Gras Jus- I would say of the two mains, this one was the star. The duck was cooked to a perfect medium rare, with a crispy delicious skin. Though the duck could have easily stood alone, the sauce was gorgeously complex, with sweet, acidic and slightly bitter qualities, and helped cut some of those rich qualities. And that polenta, oh dear. I have a thing for salty, seared polenta, that even an already overwhelmed with richness palate cannot deny. While I only got to enjoy a small portion of it, I savoured every bite.

                                              Plum Tarte Tatin with Chai Ice Cream and Caramel Syrup- Good, but nothing great. While I love tarte tatin, I really do prefer a flakier puff pastry crust, and felt that this one was just a vehicle for the caramelized fruit on top. The chai ice cream was spicy and sweet, and paired beautifully with the mildly bitter notes of the caramelized plums.

                                              Housemade chocolate truffles- I am not a chocolate lover, but I enjoyed these. They were lusciously smooth, and pleasingly sweet.

                                              So after a little socializing with our neighbours at the bar, a little dessert wine and cappuccinos (which, for the record, were amazing. I didn't photograph, but the foam was sky high!), the bill came to about $200 including tax and tip (so thats 2 apps, 2 mains, 1 dessert, 3 cocktails, 1 wine, 2 capps). Pretty reasonable in my opinion, but the question is, would I return? I guess it depends who I was dining with. Everything I tasted at FK was surely good, but if we're talking about mind-blowing innovation, it's probably not top on my revisit list. The fact that the server had to explicitly point out which options on the menu were "the most unique" speaks to the elemental nature of the menu. But sometimes that is what I am looking for. I mean, if you were looking to take someone out for a nice meal (and you knew about it 3 weeks in advance) and you wanted something reliably safe, and good, then FK would be a good bet. But because it is a little more pricey, and the menu doesn't seem to change too often, I can't see myself going out of the way to make this a usual haunt.

                                              Photos can be seen here http://abbeyskitchenblog.blogspot.ca/...

                                          2. Does anyone know if Frank's Kitchen still does a prix fixe menu during the week?