This was the second and last of my Dine Out restaurants for the year. I had high expectations because of the good reviews on this site.
The entrance is a bit confusing. They have a sign outside telling you to enter through the curtains (into the courtyard), but they really need a sign in the courtyard telling you to continue on into the restaurant. No big deal. The courtyard was beautiful and it'd be a nice place to reserve, though at the same time I thought it kind of lacked intimacy because that was where everyone walked through.
They hung up our coats when we entered which was nice since I always hate having it hanging on the back of my chair. We chose to order a wine by the bottle. Complimentary bread was served with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and butter. It was good but I was also very hungry at the time. For my main, I ordered the beef carpaccio. It was served with salad. The beef was very good and none of the flavours were overpowering. My boyfriend got the scallop and risotto for an appetizer. He also enjoyed it and thought the risotto was a nice textural contrast to the scallop. For mains, I got the salmon and he got the lamb. He loved the lamb and thought it paired perfectly with the bottle of Malbec we ordered. My salmon was perfectly done medium rare and I liked how the flavour of the salmon wasn't masked by too much sauce or spice.
Throughout the night, our wine and water glasses were refilled. Our desserts took a bit long to get to us, but our server was apologetic. We both ordered the toffee pudding which was served with ice cream. It was very rich tasting but very good. We were both very satisfied at the end of the meal.
Overall, it was very nice. The restaurant does a good job of mixing higher end food and ambiance with a trendy feel. Even though I liked it a lot, I felt something was missing in terms of value compared to our other $38 Dine Out experience this year, hence why the 3 stars there. I would still highly recommend it though.