O&B Café and Grill
O&B Café and Grill, another restaurant in the Oliver & Bonacini family, has snagged a prime spot at Yonge and Front, making it the prime destination for "the city’s tastemakers, Bay Street’s movers and shakers and the urban dwellers of the neighbourhood." Indeed, both its monochrome decor and its patrons are trendy.
Spicy Salmon Tartare Maki ($15)
Our order originated from opposite sides of the globe: Spicy Salmon Tartare Maki ($15) and the Sunday Special, Roasted Black Angus Strip Loin, Yorkshire Pudding, Buttermilk Mash & Pan Gravy ($23).
Complimentary bread was the first thing to arrive at our table and we nearly finished the whole basket. It was warm, with a crunchy exterior and soft interior, and paired perfectly with the rich butter that accompanied it.
Next was our Eastern dish: the maki. It had a balanced spice and tasted fresh and was probably the better part of our meal but to be honest, O&B isn't the place you'd seek out for a plate of sushi.
Our main dish was the Sunday Special, which was one of our server's favourites ("I order it every Sunday without fail!"). Now... imagine if you were alone in Antarctica during the dead of winter, dressed in your summer best. Okay, so our dinner wasn't that cold, but while the Sunday Special's description evoked a sense of eating dinner in the warmth of Hogwarts' Great Hall, the actual meal was more similar to a packed lunch that's fighting to maintain its heat. On that note, the dish tasted merely average.
Sunday Special: Roasted Black Angus Strip Loin, Yorkshire Pudding, Buttermilk Mash, and Pan Gravy ($23)
Our whole experience at this restaurant was just average – looking back on it now, nothing was very memorable. When the free bread is one of the best parts of your meal, it's a little bit of a disappointment.