From comfort food to contemporary West Coast cuisine, Enigma has something for everyone.
Another evening dining indecision brought us here. I had heard good things so I was long sold before but our evening here sealed the deal.
The space looks rather formal, but casual is more than welcoming. It's simply kept with contrasting wall art against the dark and dim setting.
The menu does have something for everyone, but it was difficult to choose since there weren't any standouts. Everything seems like a safe bet. We shared the baked brie but it was the garlic prawns and the house bread that really spoke to us. Around the table everybody ordered something different including the braised lamb shoulder, a goat cheese salad, baby back ribs and the seafood pesto fettuccine. The former two were the best prepared while the latter two had a couple of quips, the ribs on the lean side while my pasta was past al dente. A minor spoil which otherwise were fine entrees.
We had timely service without being overbearing and she showed a touch of grace that you'd normally see in more formal dining situations. We asked her for some recommendations but as we expected, even she had a hard time picking the standouts.
Though on the conservative side, this is a good bet for dates to parties and everything in between.
Four of us went on a Saturday night for dinner and were greeted by the owner and seated far away from the hockey game and live band (yes, both on at the same time), The giant TV hanging from the ceiling does face the bar but looks ugly from the restaurant. Even far away the band was loud but the music was OK. I agree with the last reviewer, the menu is gigantic and the soups/Guinness beef stew were tasty but only warm and on a snowy evening that's not on. To his credit our waiter comped us an amazing dessert, treacle pudding and ice cream. Calamari and mussels were good, this place is worth going back to but one of the golden rules of a small restaurant is....... don't complicate the menu, offer fewer choices and do them well!
Went on Canada Day and not as crowded as some of the popular Kits place which is why it was chosen. Very nice decor and some outside seating. Tried the south african sausage and eggs. Very good but wished the sausages were a bit bigger. Nice touch of free banana bread to start.
Reasonable prices and good service.
I came here for brunch with 3 other people today. Today is Mother's Day so I expected the wait would b long but fortunately we were seated immediately regardless of the crowded place. The wait for food was super long though, more like 45 mins counting from the moment we ordered. The resto is good that they serve banana cake during our wait and the server refilled our orange juice cuz of the very long wait. The food I think is very mediocre. I ordered the crab benny but it wasn't as good as the one in figmint. The eggs were nicely done but the crab was very little and i think it was frozen. The price was very good though especially for the huge portions. I think I would come back here again if I wanna eat some inexpensive brunch with great service.
Tonight, i took my darling to enigma for the first time to celebrate valentines.
Enigma is a warm, clean and simple place with sleek designs and a musical atmosphere.
Upon entering the place, we could sense its casual atmosphere and laid back crowd. the boss was very accommodating, quickly seeing if we had reservations and so forth - as it was a packed night.
Although we were told that we had to leave by 7:30pm by the boss, this was later accommodated as our server felt it was just wrong rushing the customers. He held it up for us so we could enjoy our meal at our own pace, which made us very happy.
To start, we both went with the valentines special - 40$
it included a appy, main entree, tea or coffee, and dessert.
we thought all the food was fantastic and the pace of which each course came were also very well timed.
Our first course were the appy. appies were overall very well made, fresh and full of rich flavors.
2nd course were the steaks and duck breasts. the steaks were excellent - medium rare - and the duck breast was well done. my only discomfort were the tomato like mixed condiments that came as a side as they smelled slightly like airplane food.
our last course, desserts, was excellent. i loved the chocolate mousse :)....
i would definitely visit again as the price is reasonable and portions are definitely just right.
This place has been one of our favorites for a while. The service staff is always attentive and friendly. I've held a gf's bridal shower here (15 women for brunch on seperate bills) which was not a problem. Lynette the owner is lovely; kinda pushy at times but always on the floor and accomodating. Very nice lady.
The food is consitant and very good. Price point is great and the menu has a variety of dishes to choose from for lunch, dinner and brunch. We always 'forget' to go here but when one of us remembers we always say how much we love this place. Recenlty we had lunch there, I had the beef burger and a soup which were awesome, the burger is flamed grilled which is fantastic and the soup was the pumpkin fall feature - great.
An awesome place to have any meal.
i was shopping around west 10th and decided to drop by this place while debating whether i should try some kinda pasta. i'm glad i tried this place out.
the decor outside looks kinda ordinary and doesn't appeal me, but the inside was much more "classier" than i expected. we were placed near the windows, beside the outside patio. the cool breeze was very nice, but the doors kept shutting and opening, making loud noises. and no one bothered to check up on it...which was disappointing. but their service with food was very professional.
i ordered the special...wild salmon on rye(?) and my friend ordered the coconut chicken curry pasta. it came just on time, not too fast, not too slow.
my sandwich was piping hot! the salmon was nicely grilled and seasoned. the only negative was the hard hard crusts...not so fun! the fries were AWESOME. crispy and hot...a bit too oily, but thats what you get with fries... and the pasta was delicious, which large portions. the price is also very affordable.
i think this is a great place to just go for a quick lunch, or casual dinner with friends. i wouldn't really want to go here to impress a date, cause it seems much too casual.
My friends introduced me to this restaurant a few months ago and I have been a loyal patron ever since. I love eating here for Sunday brunch. The food is very good, with a varied menu, served quickly, and the service is always attentive and efficient.
Enigma offers nice little touches like chocolate banana bread instead of a bread basket, and extra salad and fruit with the eggs benedict. Coffee and water are always topped up.
The atmosphere is very relaxed; I've never felt rushed eating here. Diners are invited to linger, relax, and enjoy the food, the art on the walls, and the good music playing in the background.
Food is great, and the weekly live jazz performances is even better. Solid price for a pasta place.
Service is great. One of my friends was a bit of a complainer and said the pasta was a bit hard for his liking. They brought him a whole new plate, no extra charges.
Went here for brunch yesterday and ordered the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benny with a side of South African Sausage. The Eggs Benny were done very nicely, not overdone like some of the restaurants I've had them at. The sausage was delicious, but I think that my eyes may have been a bit bigger than my stomach, as the eggs benny with accompanying hash browns and little side of fruit would have been plenty of food on its own.
When we were seated, there was complimentary banana bread on the table, instead of the usual cut up baguettes. I felt that this was a very nice touch, especially as it gave us something to eat right away while waiting for our food.
The service was quite good, though once the bill was deposited at our table, our server did not return for quite a long time afterwards (around 20 minutes maybe?). Still, our coffee/teas were refilled promptly, and our food came within a reasonable amount of time.
I would say that Enigma is a safe bet for brunch. The space is quite big, and is mostly naturally lit by the big windows along two walls. Overall, a pleasant experience - also, ideal for groups if you enjoy dining with more than one friend.
Well I found this place by chance and I am very glad I did.
As far as I know they have been around for maybe 4-5 years. (I could be wrong)
My first time there was for dinner and I was blown away by the prices. The Lamb dish is $19! And is as good as one you would find at a much higher price.
The dishes are simple, but made with fresh ingredients and very pleasing to both the eye and the palate.
I found that the service was relativly quick and very easy going.
We came back the second time for brunch and again the food was great. Its better than Joes, Sophies, Rugby Club, Milestones, it even gives Sebs a good run for the money.
All I have to say is you must try it at least once for dinner and once for breakfast. Im sure you will be hooked!
I love the big artsy atmosphere. The calamari is great, crispy yet tender with its own sauce (which means no dipping). The only problem I have is with the waiter. He slides the cups and the plates on the table to us which gives me a bad impression. The waiter was unwelcoming, unattentive and certainly unprofessional. Not going back there till I miss their calamari.
I used to go there for dinner but I recently noticed some change in the food, tasting a little bit spicy for me. Then I told the server and he brought me a new plate free of charge. I don't think making a new plate is the solution, it helps to the overall experience but I like it right at the first time. We were offered a sticky toffee which was extremely sweet for my taste and I couldn't finish it. Never had this problem before. There is a new chef but I really liked the previous one. I liked Enigma because they offer consistency in the food but that was something I did not like.
I have been to this place about 10 times and have never had a bad experience with anything. The food is solid and very tasty. I reccommend the curry dishes, the gnocci, jambalaya, calamari. Brunch is always great and there sticky toffee pudding is to die for! It is busy on the weekends so make reservations. They have different live music every Saturday.
Best brunch in the city. A large brunch menu plus a menu for the kids. A nice patio and decent service. Every brunch item I have tried is wonderful. Getting so busy that brunch reservations are now mandatory.
Dinner is very nice. A casual restaurant that is more upscale than most family places. We are regulars here and will always be regulars here.
We live downtown and drive out to Enigma on a regular basis. Why? Because there doesn't seem to be anywhere downtown that can match what Enigma offers. We are not alone as we regularly see some downtown locals up there eating as well.
We usually go for brunch as it is consistently perfection on a plate. The South African sausages, crispy bacon, hash browns, golden brown toast, eggs done exactly as ordered....OOOOHHH and did I mention the complimentary freshly baked banana bread mmmmmmmmmm.
We have also enjoyed taking people there as the menu is very well thought out and there is something for everyone. The portion size is good and the prices are very reasonable. Try the calamari it is delicious and the lightly seasoned french fries are some of the best in the city. I believe it is a family run restaurant and pride of ownership certainly shows...a job well done!
We moved very close to Enigma and thought that perhaps it may be one of our 'regular' places to dine. Our first time to the restaurant was reasonable, albeit nothing special. The food was ok, and the service was okay as well. We've been back several times, really trying to give it a fair shake, but the nail in the coffin was when we went to their special 'Oscar Party' evening which we were invited for via email since we were members. Well... let's just say that inconsideration of some of the staff, expecially the older grey-haired lady (manager? owner? ...?) who continually got in the way of our waiter trying to make our evening a pleasant one. It was supposed to be a special event, but she kept turning down the volume so noone could hear anything.. nothign at all. and then went approached about it, she was very snarly and rude. Not the way to make/keep customers. Anyways... we havent gone there since, and really, we are not missing much as there are much much better places nearby with much better food and service.
I really like Enigma, not only because it's cose to where I live, but the food is pretty decent, and they have a nice selection of martinis. Kids are welcome there - they have a children's menu. We've had the curry platter for two a couple of times now - a selection of curries (chicken, lamb, etc.) served with rice and naan, and it didn't disappoint! Enigma is also great for a burger or appies. We only had one minor problem the last time we visited Enigma; our server forgot to place our appetizer order with the kitchen. However, she was very apologetic and quickly came up with options to resolve the problem - order the appetizer for us to eat there or take home, or free dessert - we chose the latter, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I look forward to returning for brunch some day - and sitting on their patio!
The first visit was good but the second visit was great!!
Food: I would have given them "outstanding" but I found my BBQ Beef Short Rib Burger a little tough; loved the fries though! The Vegetarian Enigma was done very well; the flavour was rich and the display of the dish was appealing. The pasta of the day was also delicious too!
Service: Apparently they "lost" our reservation but I didn't even know about it until the owner or manager came to apologize with a couple of free desserts! I was impressed by their service and goal to keep their customers happy. The server was friendly, helpful, and attentive throughout the night. It was great!
Value: Comparing the quality of the food and the price, I think it was really reasonable.
Ambiance: Relaxing and romantic but also very suitable for small dinner gatherings. I loved the corner window view of West 10th. Pretty paintings on the walls. Clean and classy washroom!
My friends and I were wandering 10th Avenue and came across this restaurant, which caught our eye. First thing that stood out was the ambience and decor - very warm, classy and nicely decorated. It was a Saturday night, so the place was busy, but we were greeted right away, and waited a few minutes for a table to be cleared.
The server was friendly and helpful, and the food was delicious. My friends and I tried the satay appetizer which was better than we expected. All the entrees were delicious including the baby back ribs (very tender), the lamb (very flavourful), and the New Orleans style jambalaya. My order (jambalaya) was delayed as the cooks made a mistake with my order, and the server was kind and gracious to offer me a complimentary salad while I waited for the correction (my friends already received their own meals and already started on their entrees). I was very impressed with this offer and service, and just 5 minutes after receiving my salad, my entree was served.
I would definitely return to this place, not only for the tasty food and calm and classy ambience, but also for the very affable and friendly service.