Spreading more Weezie's love...
- TorontoJo Oct 7, 2010 11:42 AM
So it's taken me 2 years, but I *finally* got my ass over to Weezie's for dinner last night. What kills me is that I've driven right past it hundreds of times and never realized it was RIGHT THERE. Sheesh.
It's everything it's been cracked up to be: the perfect little neighbourhood bistro -- cozy, charming atmosphere, friendly service and a small, but totally approachable and perfectly prepared menu. The wine list also made me happy, as they had a lovely Cremant d'Alsace for $49. Between my 3 dining companions, we had the mac and cheese, frisee salad w/panko breaded fried egg, the hamburger, the arctic char, the whole mackerel and the malva (molva?) pudding for dessert. Everything was as it should be -- simply prepared and very tasty. My friends loved the fish dishes so much they kinda didn't want to share. The mac and cheese is actually the best rendition I've had in any restaurant in TO. It's really pungent and cheesy -- just the way I like it. And thank god, the noodles weren't overcooked. The burgers rocked, as did the accompanying fries. The fact that they put a slice of bacon on top AND on the bottom kinda made my day (hey, it's the little things).
Oh, and the molva pudding puts the sticky toffee pudding at the Drake and Nota Bene to shame.
So thanks, 'hounds, for keeping Weezie's on my radar all this time. Call me a new regular.
354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA
180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA
I am still dreaming of that mac 'n cheese! (And failing disastrously to replicate it at home.)
Hey folks - bumping this thread as I finally went to Weezie's last night.
Overall it was a solid, enjoyable meal. I started out with the frisee salad with the tempura'd egg and lardon. The egg was great, loved the way the runny yolk helped to dress the salad, the lardon were crunchy and delicious and the dressing was perfect. My only thought was that I wasn't a huge fan of the frisee. For me the salad would have been so much better with spinach, or something that could stand up to the egg and lardon. My DCs had the daily soup (split pea with ham), and the mac and cheese as a starter. I stole a bite of the mac and cheese and it was awesome.
For the main, I wanted to have the pork but they were out of that (it was only 6:00 pm!) so I ordered the Whitefish Nicoise instead - and boy am I glad I ended up with the fish.
It was two pieces of perfectly seared fish on top of some greens, green beans, roasted potatoes, olives and a hard boiled egg. It was great - all of the parts worked together to form layers of flavour. I don't know if I just took too long to eat it, but it didn't seem to be piping hot though - I would have prefered if the fish, beans, and potatoes were hot enough to wilt the greens slightly.
I also had a side of the rapini with anchovy butter. Amazing! I wanted to lick the plate.
DCs had the burger, and the steak frites. There were no complaints about the food around the table.
I finished with the malva pudding served with a sliver of ice cream. It was yummy, but I wanted more - a light drizzleof caramel, an actual scoop or quenelle of ice cream, some sauce - something. The dessert felt too restrained.
The service was... well... just ok.
I will be back for sure, solid food, close to home, and decent prices.
354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA
I was there in March and was not wow'ed. I think the best things we ate were the mac and cheese (which wasnt my fav in the city) and the roasted cauliflower soup of the day. The lemon curd cheesecake was also good, but in general its pretty standard, good but uninspired fare.
I was happy with the fried whitebait (deboned, with a light batter), bibb salad and burger at Weezie's. Down-to-earth service, and warm vibe. It was one of the nicer bistro meals I've had in TO over the last year. Didn't order any mac + cheese, and didn't have time tonight to try dessert.