I had absolutely no expectations for this place, as I had never heard of it before.
BAM! Walk into the place, and you're greeted with a beautiful funky, modern interior that is styled more like a nightclub, with a raised loft type ceiling, open kitchen and chefs performing in place of DJ's. We sat at one of the raised section tables that's 3-4 feet off the ground, and the first thing I noticed was the menu projected onto a screen, as the room's centerpiece. The second thing I noticed was everyone really enjoying themselves. 5/5 for ambience!
Then, the food. I had the following:
Basil Punica - Tall, refreshing, slightly savory.
Middle Eastern pomegranate syrup, gomme, citrus, muddled basil & Appleton white rum. Served tall over rocks with soda.
--->Very pungent, and the basil and pomegranite definitely stand out
Smoked Bison Carpaccio, Sherry Vinaigrette, Walnuts, Roasted Tomato, Quail Egg
---> Tart, smokey tasting and very very good
House Made Charcuteries Platter, Pickled Vegetables, Mustard, Ficelle
---> Delicious! My favorite parts were the long strips of fat that you dip into the fleur de sel and the bread and butter. Lots of unique meat!
Loaf of in-house baked bread
----> Wow, delicious. Nice crispy top. Very hearty.
Poutine with Cheese Curds from Quebec
---> Until this one I'd never had an 'authentic' poutine before and I was expecting this to be a lot different from NY Fries poutines. I'd rank it about the same as a NY Fries poutine. The cheese curds are definitely better. I like more gravy, and saltier gravy though. The fries could be a bit crispier, like Chambar's fries. But it was still good and hit the spot.
Passion Fruit Mousse, Macha Chantilly, Passion Fruit & Macha Milk Shake
----> Very delectable and our table raved about the complexity and tartness of the matcha milkshake
Selection of House Made Ice Cream & Sorbet, Seasonal Fruit, Sable Cookies
----> Of the two, this was my favorite dessert. The passionfruit sorbet was the most intense passionfruit flavor I ever tasted, and the blackberry sorbet was the most intense blackberry. My boyfriend raved over the little butter cookie crumble bits strewn on the plate, and the homemade dark chocolate was also tasty.
My boyfriend didn't get his Bourbon sour exactly how he likes it (apparently it was missing something that it had the last time he was there) but I won't count that into the equation because he is fanatical about his drinks. 5/5 for food!
Service: Unlike any other tapas restaurant I've been to, the servers will spend a few minutes explaining what every single thing on your plate is. Sometimes this can be 10 or more things per plate. I REALLY liked this as it added to the appreciation of the food, and all the detail that went into it. The servers were also really attentive and peeked at our table regularly without interrupting us, to see where we were at. When our first server quit for the night, she came over to say bye and make sure we had everything we needed, before she passed us on to another server. They were maybe a bit less jovial than servers at other establishments, but I liked how they seemed passionate and knowledgeable about the food, which is the more important thing. 5/5
Two tapas, a cocktail, and a dessert plus taxes, and tip is about $50 per person and I found it filling enough to call it my dinner (must have been the awesome homemade bread that filled me up). Can't wait to go back!