Disappointed in general by the choice of food and the standard of cooking in the restaurants on Queen St in NOTL, it was a real delight to walk in to the Charles Inn and be served a genuinely good meal in a lovely setting. This place unlike many others on Queen's street isn't trying to be something and make a statement, it JUST IS. The Charles Inn has a timeless quality about it and the food is understatedly refined in a very European way. The baby green salad was ultra fresh and was perfectly dressed. The crisp skin Atlantic salmon was exquisitely done and the duck confit grilled cheese was an interesting variation of a croque monsieur was bold and delicious. In general the service was attentive but lacked nuance which such an establishment deserves. The Inn should also invest in a proper espresso machine. The huge bodum coffee pot with not so good quality coffee was the only let down to an otherwise excellent dining experience.
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