I started off with The One martini, made with Infused apple and pear vodka, pineapple, lime,with a touch of cinnamon and clove. There was a lot going on, but everything did work together. Fruity, earthy and spicy, very drinkable.
The other cocktail we got was the Hazelton Spritzer made with Absolute Mango, Aperol, One chardonnay, strawberry & pomegranate juice and finished off with a splash of soda.For an appetizer, we chose the Potato and Black Truffle Pierogies. I was sold based on the Black Truffle alone, but reading further into the description, we noticed that stewed shortribs was part of the package. if there was any doubt, this helped to erase any hesitation. So a serving of 5 comes at $24, so it's not cheap, but look at how much short rib there was. Along with the obligatory sour cream and pickled onions, each pierogy was a wonderful 3-biter. Dinner was off to a good start! Since we were there to try the pastas, we picked the Lamb Pappardelle, made with a lamb ragu, artichokes, goats milk mozzarellaand buttered breadcrumbs. The ragu was very flavourful and tasted as if it had been cooked for hours and there was a good amount of goat cheese on the plate as well. From the looks of it, this should have been an amazing dish. Unfortunately, it wasn't perfect. We both found the noodles much too thin. They were as thin as wonton wrappers, almost paper-thin, and tore apart when you tried to pick them up, so you're left with shreds of pasta, instead of long strips of noodles. And especially with a sauce as rich a ragu, these wafer-thin noodles didn't stand a chance. Could these have not been made "in-house"?? It didn't seem like a $28 dish to me. A few days later, we found a better pasta at Terroni Bar Centriale. As mentioned, I wasn't in the mood for pasta, so I decided to go for meat! A 12oz PEI Grass Fed Striploin to be exact. This was simply grilled on the outside with a bit of seasoning. The inside was a juicy medium rare, just the way I like it. The steaks are served a la carte, but between the pasta and the steak, we didn't really need to round it out with more sides. You get a choice of Bernaise sauce or a chili tomato relish. I think I erred in picking the bernaise, but that's just me, I'm not a huge creamy sauce fan. But the thought of relish with a steak turned me off more.The meat was really moist and the pink centre is just right. This is very similar to a "black and blue" steak, or some people refer to it as "Pittsburgh".
- They didn't have a Daily Special on the day we went, but ask anyways.
- We assumed pastas were made in-house, clarify if you're ordering pastas.
- With a difference of $4, I would have gladly eaten another order of pierogies over the pappardelle.