Anyone been? I'd be interested in some CH reviews (Saw the Mirror and Voir ones). IS it still a popular place?
Haven't been yet, but to answer your second question, they are open 7 days a week, and last time I called Thursday to try and book a table for the following Sunday they were already full. So yes, it appears it is still popular (considering how ecstatics critics were when they reviewed it, I don't expect that to change anytime soon. In addition to Voir and Mirror, La Presse also had a positive review).
My better half went with some friends during the week, and said food was good, and considering it is BYO, has a good QPR.
I’ve been there recently with a friend and we both really enjoyed our meal. I had the fish cake as an app, the rabbit as main and the cheesecake, and my friend had (forgot his app) the magret as a main and the nougat glacé as dessert. I think the prices ranged from $25-$32 for the salad or soup and main and if you added $12 you also got the appetizer and dessert. IMO, good QPR.
I'm surprised there are so few posts about this place, especially given the rave reviews (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/743496). I live down the street from this place, and pass by it every night; it's consistently packed. Has anyone else been? I hope to go in the next few weeks, and would love to hear about some of their star dishes.
I hope to try it in the New Year. Even attempting to make a reservation two weeks out, I've had no success!
I went last month with five friends, and thought it was very good. We all went for the main course, plus first course and dessert for an extra $12. As others have said, very good QPR. I had the rabbit, which was described as the restaurant's signature dish. I can't honestly say I loved it - though it tasted lovely, it was rolled and wrapped in a tough rubbery bit of skin. That was my only complaint, food-wise. I also had a beautiful short rib, bison I believe. Others at the table had the steak (excellent) and the grilled octopus (also very good). I'm sorry my memory's a little hazy on the food - we were more about the company and conversation. I do remember the simple salad being really good (a small thing, but a great gauge of a restaurant kitchen as far as I'm concerned) and the creme brulee was the favourite dessert of the table. Service was fine, unobtrusive, but slow. There was a long wait between each course (we arrived at 9pm and didn't get out until 4 hours later). This was not a problem for us but thought it was important to mention here. Perhaps they adjust the pace of service to suit the table - not sure, but I wouldn't be surprised. The room is chic and comfortable, but not 'cosy'. It being a Saturday night, and the restaurant hosting one table of 10 plus our table of 6, and every other table full, it was also pretty NOISY. Again, this didn't bother us at all (and the noise tapered off as tables cleared out). I noticed quite a few couples at tables by the windows having a romantic time of it, so they didn't seem bothered either. Unless you're hard of hearing a bit of noise in a restaurant just adds to the feeling of liveliness I think!