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Skin and Bones - Leslieville - great food!

So often I am motivated to write a review after a disappointing dinner.. and in Toronto sadly that happens often.

However in this case its to recommend a wonderful new restaurant thats hit the east end - Skin and Bones.... brilliant.

Decor: dark walls, exposed brick, exposed beams, warm wood tables and floors...

Staff: friendly, professional, attentive

Food: Our table tried 3 different mains, the calamari, chicken tails and others had the steak tar tar and all were wonderful. Each of us had a main course - everyone loved their meals... as well as the amuse bouche they brought by the table before the mains.

finally the cheese plate at the end... tiniest portion imaginable but worth it. and the homemade mini doughnuts.. normally i am more of a more booze than dessert kinda gal, but they served fresh, warm and were literally irresistible.

The wine list is a little pricey but our server suggested a bottle in the $60 range which i am desperately trying to find at an LCBO.... delicious.

Such a great evening - from start to finish!

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  1. Has the menu gotten any longer than or different from this?

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    1. re: Googs

      Wow, interesting!!

      Each time I considered going, the menu just didn't do anything for me.

      I wonder what next.

      1. re: millygirl

        Yes, it will be interesting to see where he ends up.

    2. I just wrote posted this on another thread as well. Apparently Matthew Sullivan is no longer cooking @ Skin and Bones. Here's a link to the post:


      1. Not too enthused about Skin and Bones. Very big room which I've never seen full.

        That said, they have a wonderful promotion on Sunday evenings: buck-a-shuck oysters and half-price bubbly after 9! If you're in a position to get out late Sunday, it's a hella-good deal!

        1. My wife and I went there for dinner last Saturday, and we quite liked it. It wasn't the best I've had, but it was solid.

          I had the gnocchi and thought it was tasty...not fantastic, but definitely tasty. My wife had the trout and thought it was okay at best (I thought it was pretty good, though...she doesn't eat skin, which I think really made the dish). I forget exactly what we had for dessert, but it was quite good.

          Although I normally think that the food is much more important that the room at a restaurant, I have to say that I did find the room to be a bit off-putting. A big open space with not enough tables; it felt institutional rather than homey. It wouldn't put me off going if the food was great, but given that it was just good, it's something to consider.

          Anyway, not the most detailed review, but my overall impression was that it was a solid neighbourhood joint. Maybe not a destination place, but somewhere I'd go for a good meal.

          1. We just got back from a great evening at Skin and Bones.

            Went for the buck a shuck and champagne campaign but couldn''t stop at that. Everything was soooo good and such a great vibe that we stayed for more.

            Tried the smelts and steak tartare and it didn't disappoint. Loved the presentation with the quail egg on top and the homemade bread is excellent.

            Service is top notch and we'll definitely be back for more. Love this place!!!

            Great selection of bubbly I might add.

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              1. re: Googs

                Good question. It's a female, Laura or Tara?? Can't recall her last name. It was funny actually because our server didn't know either and had to go back and ask. Now I forget.

                I believe that the arrangement is somehow temporary or interim?? Having said that, I'm not even sure what exactly was said or how I got that impression but I did.

            1. We just returned from a great brunch at Skin + Bones. We arrived around 11:00 am and it was maybe 1/3 full but 12:00 people started streaming in. There were quite a few children under 5 in the back section where we ate, and even a few who looked under 6 months.

              I had the special which was a smoked whitefish salad, Mrs fD had a dish with lentils, cauliflower, and poached eggs. I forgot the name, but she enjoyed it. For an extra $3 you can partake in the ploughman's buffet, which was great. They had 3 types of cheese, olives, some cold cuts and a terrine, yogurt, granola, and about 3 very good pastries - Kouign-amann, Plum strudel, and an amazing chocolate pudding cake.
              Here is a picture of the ploughman's buffet from their twitter feed: http://instagram.com/p/sFZE3kqvXr/

              We will be back soon! Now I have to go for a walk so I will be ready for the six course tasting menu we are having tonight.

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              1. re: foodyDudey

                Thanks for the pics, and for the review! I've been wanting to try this place for brunch for a while now.

                1. re: kwass

                  It was really good, and I really wondered why I hadn't been for brunch earlier. It was probably because when I ate there soon after they opened, the food was good but not good value at all.
                  The parking on Queen is free on Sundays, and it's easy to find a spot. Mrs fD suggested walking over next time. Go try it, I am sure you will like it.

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    I definitely will! In fact, I think I'm going to get what your wife had this morning.

              2. Had just a fantastic meal at Skin+Bones on Saturday night, Luca Gatti is now running the kitchen - he was the chef at Enoteca Sociale when it was perpetually packed and a tough reso. The $38 per person 4 course "chef's choice" meal is a steal, as are the wine pairings for an extra 23 bucks or something like that.

                Service was fantastic, dude running FOH is this guy Chris who's been at a bunch of spots including Grand Electric when it opened. He's really helped fix the place up. The room is still too damn big, but they've changed the lighting for the better, that's for sure. They do something like 20 wines by the glass, including some baller bottles.

                Standout dishes for me included the grilled octopus with paprika stewed potatoes, and a pasta special of chestnut-stuffed mezzaluna - if there is a pasta on special, get it. Great touches like house-baked sourdough bread with sublime Societe Orignal butter. I'm planning on going back regularly.

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                1. re: childofthestorm

                  Good to hear!

                  I had a terrific chef's tasting menu/wine tasting experience there in the summer. The octopus course stood out as I'd never had such delicious, perfectly charred yet tender octopus.

                  Now I'll have to get back there sooner than I thought.