I eat out a lot, but mostly for travel, but when I'm home in Toronto, and need to eat out, I often rely on my usual suspects of inexpensive, reliable restaurants. However, on a recent flight, I pulled a copy enRoute where a number of new Toronto restaurants were ranked amongst the top ten new restaurants. Edulis was top of the list.
The place is unassuming, an old bungalow that has been renovated, so it doesn't have that hip downtown atmosphere with the associated attitude of 'fine dining'. Service is attentive, warm and smart. It's like having dinner at friends, except they don't eat with you. We chose the tasting menu of which there are two priced very reasonably, and we picked the lesser of the two. For the hungry, not to worry -- there was more than enough food on the menu. The menu apparently varies regularly depending on what chef finds in his foraging.
The marinated smoked herring a l'huile is brilliant, especially when combined with warm fingerling potatoes in a dijon sauce. This was followed by a beautifully perfectly cooked halibut in a meyer lemon sauce with an apple and walnut salad, which was possibly one of the most unusual but totally delightful and perfectly combined dishes I've had in ages. For the faint of heart, sweetbreads and veal tongue may not quite meet your idea of fine dining, but the combination of the textures, the light smoking, the perfect flavours, you could easily forget what it is you're eating. A perfectly cooked breast of duck, oven roasted, with just a hit of enough fat to give flavour, with kale, celery root puree and cider smoked prunes finished off the savoury portion of the meal. Desert was an awesome chocolate pot de creme. All of this for $50.00.
Wine selection was good, interesting cocktails and aperitifs, and the bread is excellent.
This is a place mostly about the food -- the decor shows signs of being on a budget, the room is noisy, and it's tucked away off on a side street with not a lot of parking to be had. But that is what is great about that place. I hope their success doesn't translate into them moving to more swish quarters, and the hiring of a large brigade as that would take away much of the charm. The partners are here working, he on the stoves, she at the front of house making sure everything runs smoothly. Our server has known the partners for years, and she was absolutely terrific, well informed, likes food, warm service, and did her utmost to make us feel welcome to this little restaurant.
This is one of those places where I'd go back regularly because it's intimate, reasonably priced (not cheap but more than fair for what you get), and not all about attitude. Presentation isn't precious, and having eaten at many precious places recently, this was a great relief. As I mentioned, this is like going for dinner at your friend who is an awesome cook, whose partner is super hospitable in their house.
Go before success gets the better of them.
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