The long wait to get a reservation at Frank’s is well worth it. As you walk into the long, narrow space on College St., you are greeted by courteous, friendly, and informed staff, eager to make your visit as pleasant as possible. Rest assured, your water glasses will always remain full. The relaxed atmosphere, from the dim lighting to the exposed brick walls, makes it possible to breathe easy. Frank’s successfully manages to encompass the idea of “casual fine dining.”
Choosing an appetizer proves difficult. Frank’s charges only $15 for six oysters Rockefeller, a relative bargain considering each one smothered in lemony hollandaise, diced bacon and wilted spinach, all without overpowering the salty, briny taste of the oyster itself. But the highlight of the apps is Frank’s fresh spin on the old-fashioned seafood cocktail, which serves up chilled morsels of lobster, crab and shrimp on a brick of ice, alongside calamansi limes. A tangy cocktail sauce and whipped lime-avocado purée provide yet another tantalizing flavour to combine with the seafood.
Post-appetizers, an amuse bouche arrives at the table: a shot glass of leek and potato velouté that is as thick and smooth as velvet, paired with spoons filled with morsels of braised boar. You can tell that the food, down to these tiny dishes, is prepared by someone who truly loves what he does.
Mains are delicious, but not quite as inventive as the appetizers. The lamb does not disappoint: it’s fall-off-the-bone tender. The butternut squash risotto offers a surprisingly generous serving of duck confit in its centre. The lobster is, well, about as good as lobster can be.
The last amuse bouche, fluffy bite-sized beignet doughnuts lightly dusted with icing sugar and glazed with a honey syrup, are served piping hot. These almost negate the necessity of ordering desert, but not quite. As it turns out, to no surprise, the blueberry crème brûlée is perfect for two to share.
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