Jam Cafe - Carlton & Ontario Streets
Jam Cafe is a gem. Toronto needs more small restaurants like this. Good quality food that doesn't break the bank. Two soups, two main courses, a shared dessert and a bottle of wine...with a generous tip $100.
I will most certainly be returning.
I'm tired of spending $200 plus for a dinner for two and feeling like we should be grateful at other Toronto eateries.
Maybe we should start a thread...Meal for 2 and Bottle of Wine for under $100.
I've been here many times, but had a meal with my family at JAM just this past Sunday, and if possible, the food is better than ever. The chef really knows how to cook meat. The chicken I had was perfect - moist, crispy-skinned - not easy to pull off. The appetizers were amazing - duck rillette and a decadent mushroom and cream dish with a crispy home-baked bisquit. Just tried Mistura last night (Winterlicious) for the first time, and while very good, and great service, honestly, I'd have to say the food at JAM is better-prepared, and more generous in portion. JAM is unpretentious, warm and still special enough in its atmosphere to make it a special occasion kind of place. They also have great wine nights which are a great deal.
Add me to the fans of JAM. Laughably fair prices for the quality, and always a pleasant and homey experience. I would go more often except that because it is a small place with a tiny one-man kitchen, the menu is small.(see website for current menu and prices...amazing!) The fish special changes nightly, but we've eaten everything on the menu several times. All good, just I wish there were ten restaurants of its ilk downtown. There are not.