**Disclaimer: I do not work for Parkside, nor do I have any friends who work there, etc.
The reason I gave this place a 5 out of 5 is because my first and only experience to Parkside was, for a lack of a better word, perfect. While I have not had the pleasure to dine at Lumier, West, Cin Cin, or other places as such, I have visited a myriad of restaurants in this city, and Parkside has set the bar, at least for myself. I visited Parkside during the summer of 2005, so my memory might be a little tainted.
The restaurant has valet parking, which is a pure blessing, since its located on Haro, West of Denman, in a residential area, where finding parking for outsiders is equivalent to finding a vegetarian item at Memphis Blues Barbeque House.
When I called to place reservations, I asked them to print me a menu without prices so my date will not feel bashful about ordering anything. They obliged absolutely without sneer or contempt.
The décor is modern and yet warm and very romantic. Even though it’s a small place, every table seems like its in a world of its own. I remember having a frisse with duck confit roulades, which was excellent. Then I had a rib eye with a wild mushroom sauce. Obscenely good. My date had a salad and a mushroom dish. Pure heaven.
Our waitress was a pro. Right away, I felt like I was very welcomed, appreciated, and given respect. She was anything but pretentious and provided us with a warm, friendly, non-rushed but prompt service.
While I spent a considerable amount of money at Parkside (around $120), it was worth it. The food, the service, and the ambiance were all excellent (my date went REALLY well, thank you for asking).
If you are looking for a romantic evening, where the restaurant experience compliments the date, not overpowers it, this is the perfect place. Over and above that however, Parkside is for anybody who wants to have an excellent dining experience. I will defiantly come back.