Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill http://www.oliverbonacini.com/Yonge-Front.aspx 647-288-4710 open 7 days a week – lunch/dinner
Edamame lightly sprinkled with dried citrus peel togarashi (chili pepper) sea salt tingles the taste buds – inventive. Tempura rock shrimp so fresh with wasabi, lemon, garlic and kewpie mayo (a popular brand of Japanese mayonnaise) is superb. I must note that the batter is thick and a little heavier than traditional style tempura. Don’t be fooled by the name – warm cremini and shitake mushroom salad is not a salad. Sautéed mushrooms and balsamic glazed onions sit on top of a bed of watercress sprouts; it’s tasty but I wouldn’t call it a salad. The fish and chips is Atlantic haddock in light crisp beer batter, hugging the haddock instead of covering it in a thick blanket. Rosemary Yukon Gold fries and creamy coleslaw accompany this piping hot dish. I was a little hesitant to order the Ontario lamb burger, many restaurants tend to overcook it, others have no idea how to dress it. This lamb burger is incredible: goat cheese, pickled eggplant, a beautiful sundried tomato and roasted garlic relish within a crisp bun that tastes like a smoky baguette. Honestly if you love lamb, you’ll love this juicy burger. Goat cheese and lamb are a match made in heaven.
A cocktail menu with innovative drinks that actually taste good. Best drink on the menu is the eye opening sparking sangria, its thirst quenching, fresh tasting, not too sweet or too heavy, garnished with blueberries, watermelon and a chili pepper – its light and upbeat. They have 4 different types of Caesar’s including one called the sangria Caesar, topped off with red wine and thyme, interesting but I’m still trying to decide if I love it or hate it. Last but not least is the passionate mojito. Lamb’s spiced rum, mint leaves, passion fruit, lime juice and a splash of soda makes a refreshing mojito with a kiss of passion fruit to seduce you.