Le Swan

Annex Post - - FOOD -

CHEF SUZANNE BARR, FORMELY OF SATUR­DAY DINETTE “Le Swan in­vites you in, serv­ing clas­sic dishes with the prin­ci­ples of why we love din­ers — hon­est, de­li­cious and straight­for­ward.”

POST CITY’S TAKE: Who would have thought a sec­ond af­ter end­ing the Black Hoof chap­ter the tire­less restau­ra­teur Jen Agg would work her magic in a sto­ried Queen West space? Well she did, and it’s the eatery equiv­a­lent of a warm em­brace. The skinny room show­cases its orig­i­nal spirit and is dark­ened con­spir­a­to­ri­ally, with ta­ble­side lights al­low­ing for easy menu read­ing. A smart menu is half bistro clas­sics, half diner fare, with par­al­lels drawn be­tween the two. On one side sit smoked trout ril­lettes. Their coun­ter­part is a dizzy­ing tuna melt, the cor­ni­chon­stud­ded fish mar­ried to melty Amer­i­can ched­dar. The sand­wich boasts a full skirt of cheese for that ex­tra level of deca­dence. A quar­ter ro­tis­serie chicken, served au jus with roasted veg, is mir­rored by the open-faced hot chicken sand­wich — a greasy spoon pil­lar. The ro­tis­serie chicken hops over onto a bread bed along with mashed pota­toes, peas and plenty of chicken gravy. Mean­while, tip­ples like the Aman­dine Sour with rye, al­mond and brown but­ter show­case the skill be­hind the bar. Servers are highly knowl­edge­able and just the right amount of chummy, mak­ing pa­trons feel per­fectly at home. 892 Queen St. W.

From top: Queen Street’s new French diner, ro­tis­serie chicken

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