The Gabardine 647-352-3211 www.thegarbardine.com closed Sat – Sun
On a street littered with corporations and convenience stores this haven is a foodie’s delight. Step through the doors and transport yourself back in time. The décor seems cold at first glance but once seated at a cozy table you realize it’s not cold at all, it’s actually one of the more inviting spaces you’ve seen in a while. Black and white photos adorn the walls, servers zip cheerfully by, laughter surrounds you; what a joyous feeling being middle of it all.
The chicken liver pate rolls perfectly ‘round the palette, the apple butter adds a touch of sweetness, truly superb. Deviled eggs are smoky, simple but jazzed up here with a pickled caper berry. Sweet corn hushpuppies are tasty but a tad dense and could do without the poppy seed dressing. I loved the Kolapoe springs smoked trout, it’s sweet wild flavour is enough to hypnotize you, despite the fact, the rest of the salad is just bad background noise (green beans, cherry tomatoes, fingerling potato crisps, torn olives and remoulade). Now the sautéed B.C. black cod with braised lentils and mushrooms is something very special indeed, it’s delicate, mouthwatering, and utterly flawless.
Classic cocktails served in vintage glassware really complete the whole experience. Reminisce with an ‘Old Fashion Bourbon’ or sip delicately on a ’07 Peju Family Estate Zinfandel (they pour a generous 6oz) or have a Classic Caesar finished with a pickled caper berry. You can pop in for a drink or grab a coffee to go. Local sustainable products served in a casual environment lift your spirits; no wonder there is a line-up out the door for lunch.