Located in the young, professional, and chic area of Broadway and Macdonald, this new restaurant caught my attention from its colourful and attractive menu. I wasn't even aware that it was an asian fusion restaurant, except that the Asian decor confused me very much. I attributed it to the establishment, which was Chinese.
I am sorry to say that 110$ later (between two), that I felt like I had just visited a sub-par chain like Earl's. The butternut squash soup had no depth. I am a big connoisseur in squash soup and I've had everywhere from home made to high end restaurants in Chicago bring me their finest. So I was very disappointed to be presented with such an amateur version. It was salty, flat, and had no body. The housewine (Argentinian, a Chardonnay?) was clean but a bit too sweet for my taste and the undertaste of pear making an unwelcomed crescendo as the bottom of the glass was reached. The bread with its herbs was baked fresh and served with mustard-seed butter, but it would have been better with simple oil and balsamic vinegar in my opinion. We then went onto the entree, and I chose lamb with risotto and vegetables. I found the steamed broccoli, asparagus and carrot tips slightly overcooked (they gave away like butter to the bite), and the asparagus certainly would have been better tossed in olive oil and coarse salt. The lamb, done medium rare, was tender and tasteful, but I've had much better. The risotto was very disappointing - I was unable to tell what kind of stock it had been simmering in! What a shame. The garlic mash bed, however, I highly approved of. My dessert was a fun mix of Taiwanese chocolate cake and sorbet. I swear the cake came out of a box, though. Overall, the food was not worth the price they donned.
The service was fast because there was little business tonight, but what restaurant gives you the bill as soon as the dessert has been polished?????? Ugh.