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“You have to enjoy sharing & experimenting - but it IS worth it!”
Review of Front and Central - CLOSED

Front and Central
Cuisines: Canadian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Sides & desserts aside, there are 15 items on the menu, none of which are 'starters' or 'entrees' in the traditional sense. Consider them one-size/small-size samples that you can eat in any order, and then keep re-ordering.
"But that sounds like a Tapas Bar" I hear you say.
Yes it does, yet there's no mention of Tapas anywhere. Apparently the idea was copied by the owner from a restaurant in Ottawa.

Fortunately, our foursome was adventurous and we ended up trying - and sharing - 8 of the 15 choices. Every one of them was excellent - with the glaring exception of the calamari, which was undercooked and the batter was wet. There was a pleasant spiciness to the dish, but not enough to mask the failing grade.
I started with the shaved smoked duck prosciutto, and only very reluctantly did I share it! The lamb ragout, though a tiny portion, was absolutely perfect. The chicken pappardelle excellent. The scallops large and perfect.
I'm not a pizza fan, but the two pizza choices were outstanding. The asparagus & mushroom was probably the best pizza I have ever tried - and the pork-belly & apple a close second. Wow.

Every dish was a taste explosion. the ingredients make for a bizarre read, yet they work. Even the vanilla ice cream, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt (yes, you read that correctly) works - and deliciously so.

If you're a meat 'n' potatoes guy, or you like your steaks bigger than your hand, or you don't like sharing - don't come here.
You have to be prepared to suspend traditional belief. And for god's sake, share!

PS. the restaurant was NOISY. Hardwood floors, no drapes, wood walls - sound travels. Be prepared to request a different table. But it won't help much.
I debated knocking off a star for the noise & the uegh calamari. In the end I gave them 4.5 stars, and then rounded up :-) We'll be back.
PPS. Make a reservation: we couldn't get in for 6.30, 7 or 7.30 on a warm June Saturday.

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

The waitress took a group of 10's entire order without even writing it down! The food is impeccable, and service is so friendly - amazing restaurant all around!

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Reviewed June 19, 2013

If you want an eclectic menu, this is the place. They advertise small portions so you can try several dishes, but we were happy with the usual appetizer and main each. We found the portions perfect and left satisfied. Good choice of local wines, helpful and knowledgible staff.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We happened upon this gem of a restaurant while looking for another place to dine. How fortunate we were to have dined here. our dinner was fantastic from the first course to the last

1  Thank Deb O
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FrontandCentral, Owner at Front and Central, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2013

So pleased you found us!

Love to have you back again sometime soon.

Thanks for sharing,

Dave

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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Very good service, good wine list, and excellant food. The artichoke salad was a wonderful blend of tastes and textures. One of the best salads I have ever eaten. The char was cooked to perfection, the gnocchi melted in your mouth, every course was a winner. The size of the plates lends itself to sampling more dishes if you are there with a small group or even a couple. The prices were very reasonable.
We had an excellant evening and recommend you try this restaurant.

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