I recently returned for dinner with my family at Adega (33 Elm St., Toronto, Ontario, CA), having first dined there nearly a year before during a similar visit to Toronto. Our impression on that first visit was confirmed by the most recent experience: a good restaurant in its genre, very good on the salads and appetizers as well as with desserts, but only satisfactory regarding the entrees (a C or C- in academic terms: that would be a 5 or 6 in the European academic system). On the first visit my wife and I both ordered the Herb-Encrusted Atlantic Salmon, which proved to be just so-so. Our son had it on the most recent visit with the same reaction: just OK. On this last occasion my wife and I ordered the Seafood Saffron Risotto. It took quite some time for it to be served following our first course (perhaps because in the Adega's 'cellar' there was a large group having a special dinner (the chef & kitchen may have been slammed). However, when it was finally served, the risotto was, well, B to B-; in other words, good --once a bit of salt was added to the dish (and we rarely, if ever, add salt to a restaurant's dish once served). Our server was especially courteous and attentive, which helped. We will probably return to Adega on a future visit to Toronto, since we believe in giving a promising establishment a fair chance to show its best. Maybe three visits will prove to be the charm.
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