We weren't sure what to expect when we walked through the doors of Ruby Watchco, tucked away in Leslieville. Certainly, from the signage outside (very understated), it offered no clues. However, we had heard great things from friends and colleagues we trust, so last Friday night, we trotted off to give it a whirl. And we are so glad we did.
Ruby Watchco is situated in an old watch company building with a high tech/loft decor. The place was packed when we arrived for our appointed seating (there are designated seating times each evening) - and reservations are a MUST. The tables are nicely packed together. Close enough for a nice overall buzz.
Each week, there is a fixed menu. And if you're not daring, check out their website to find out what the menu of the evening you are planning to go is. We didn't but were beautifully surprised with a fantastic salmon dish. The menu has multiple course and each arrives as a 'shared' experience, home-style in large bowls to divvy up. My partner and I were thrilled with each dish. A delicious salad to start, lots of veggies, potatoes to die for, a mushroom dish that was amazing and our main course - salmon, prepared deliciously. Though barely room for the dessert, we managed to each every bite!
The wine list is terrific, too and we chose a lovely, buttery Chardonnay we hadn't tried before, following the excellent advise of our server.
And for the star-struck, the chef, Lynn Crawford stars in her two-time Gemini nominated Canadian Food Network show Pitchin' In. We had a little chat with her when she wandered over to our table, carrying a bowl of potatoes.
We can't say enough about this gold mine of a restaurant. We're glad we found it and we'll be back - often!
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