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Feb 1, 2013 11:05 AM

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.