Sara Says...

DINE and Destinations - - EDITORS LETTER -

A seat on this Queen Street West pa­tio is like scor­ing prime real es­tate. We sip a re­fresh­ing “power pack” smoothie of an­tiox­i­dant fruit with yo­gurt, ba­nana, kale and unsweet­ened al­mond milk that launches us into feel-good mode. What a great way to be­gin the morn­ing! The menu rolls from break­fast to brunch to lunch and din­ner, and all the bases are cov­ered. Our Saltim­bocca frittata is chock full of good flavour with prosci­utto, sage, toma­toes and fontina in a basil hol­landaise with arugula. Our Ocean omelet, packed with lob­ster and shrimp, trans­ports us to the sea­side. There are 12 eno­matic wines avail­able. Is it too early in the day? Ri­cotta pan­cakes with crisp edges are fluffy and light, and driz­zled with li­mon­cello syrup. I keep say­ing, “last bite, last bite” un­til I fin­ish the whole heav­enly plate. Panet­tone French toast, is like Christ­mas cake with mas­car­pone and cit­rus mar­malade, and again, “last bite, OK; I mean it this time,” and one more plate down. Have you ever had a shrimp burger? How about on a pret­zel bun? Ac­com­pa­nied by ad­dic­tive Parme­san truf­fle frites, we love each bite. Owner Monika Vacca de­lights in her guests’ en­joy­ment as she tends to ev­ery need. We could go on about the grilled cala­mari and the pa­pardelle with mush­rooms in marsala wine. It is our des­tiny to dine here.

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