A good friend recommended Delilah’s a little while back. Actually, “recommended” is probably too light a word to describe her enthusiasm – "raved rapturously" might be more fitting. She must’ve gone on about the restaurant for half an hour, praising everything from the décor, to the atmosphere, to the food, to the martini selection (ah, yes, the martinis…). Anyway, with that kind of glowing endorsement, it was only a matter of time before the girlfriend and I tried it for ourselves, which we did last week.
It was an extremely quiet night when we arrived, with only one booth occupied, and a few more patrons at the bar. This worried us at first (was the restaurant reserved for a function? was it any good?), but our concerns vanished as soon as we were shown to our booth. Delilah’s is a very cool, very unique place. The velvet, the ceiling mural, the art, the furnishings, even the music – it all came together to give the space a lush, retro feel that was fun, yet intimate at the same time. Our server, whose name I didn’t catch, fit in perfectly. She reminded me a bit of a 50’s pinup. And she was great, too, very friendly and personable.
Seeing as Delilah’s is best known for its martinis, we had to start with those. I had the Champs d’Alize, which was very, very good. In fact, I could’ve easily had another one (or two, or three), if not for the fact I had to drive. The girlfriend had one of the fruitier concoctions – the Ruby Slipper, I think – which she loved as well. Our server brought over a basket of bread for us to share, which included butter that had been whipped with a little cheese. We’d never had that before at a restaurant. It was so simple, yet brilliant.
From there, we decided to order off the prix fixe menu. There’s a two course and a four course option, and we picked the former. The girlfriend chose crab cakes as her appy, with mussels for me. Both were great. The crab cakes were flavourful, crispy but not dry, and came with a really tasty sweet/spicy sauce. As for the mussels, they arrived fresh and plump, sitting in a pool of chipotle cream that was absolutely fantastic. For our mains, we each ordered the beef tenderloin with whipped potatoes (a $5 supplement on the prix fixe). These, too, were excellent. The steaks came tender and juicy, and the whipped potatoes they sat upon were outstandingly good.
After that, neither of us had any room for dessert, so we ended our meal with some specialty coffee and tea. When it was all said and done, it was a really delicious dinner. And not only that, but because of the atmosphere in the room, it was also a memorable overall dining experience
If I had to point out one thing about Delilah’s that I think could be improved, it’d be the inclusion of a three course option on their prix fixe menu. Nothing against the size of their dishes (the portions are fine), but two courses may not be enough for some people, while four may be too much. Aside from that small nitpick, however, we both had a terrific time. We’re already looking forward to returning again soon.