Arriving around 8pm, the place was fairly empty, so we grabbed one of the six seat tables along the wall, leaving the three ladies seated at the long main table to themselves. Greeted as we entered, our server was at the table right away providing us with wine and food menus, along with water.
The space itself is long and narrow with wood slats on the walls giving the place a sort of cabin feel. Combined with the lack of windows and sparse lighting (there won't be any food pictures with this one), there is a definite ambience created in the evening. During the day though, the front window brings in fairly ample lighting, along with two good sized skylights by the bar.
Towards the light!
(it went out soon after our arrival and we were left to our candle)
Our food appeared fairly quickly after ordering. Charles steak was nicely cooked, well seasoned and incredibly flavourful and was topped with a well rounded gremolata that Charles couldn't get enough of. On the side were a few potato croquettes that were wonderfully crispy on the outside, and smooth and soft on the inside, as well as a simple, well dressed green salad to top things off. The beef ribs were incredibly tender, falling off the bone as soon as I began cutting into them. Apparently they were braised with Coca-Cola and a few other types of soda to aid in the tenderizing process, and although our server commented that they might be slightly sweet, I thought I was tasting more of that soda 'bite' than anything. The ribs were accompanied by a creamy, rich polenta and an assortment of swiss chard - my favourite fall vegetable.
Dessert wise, we decided on the special - a bread pudding served with caramel and crab apple sauce. Although I would have preferred the bread pudding itself a little warmer, the contrast between the tart crab apple sauce and the rich caramel and bread pudding was fantastic.
I loved their cups and saucers
Popeye cigarettes with the bill. They're Charles' favourite.
10542 Jasper Avenue
Lunch Monday through Saturday and dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 5pm till' late (although the kitchen closes at 10pm)