Currently closed due to fire damage.
This is my first ever 5 star review. First thing that makes this place is the lack of pretense, it's cool without really trying. Genuine, friendly staff. Arty, without banging ya on the head with kitsch atmosphere. The two of us shared the veggie antipasto plate, highlighted by the palate popping purple cabbage with fennel seeds, the plate has a nice variety of colours, textures and flavours and is a good value starter. The pork tenderloin entree was quite possibly one of the most perfectly constructed dishes we've ever tasted, the levels of sweetness from the braised cabbage to the blueberry compote thru to the sweet potatoes countered by the bitter green rapini and then the oh so tender star of the dish the pink pork tenderloin with maple glaze . Just like this whole place, hearty, whimsical and real. Oh, don't forget to check out the punch bowls, a signature drink if there ever was one and totally unlike the punch you remember from the prom. Excellent music selection, seemed it was indie rock 1979 this evening, Replacements, Clash, The Jam, Television, The Specials and Elvis Costello. An all around wonderful experience.
So nice to see solid vegetarian dishes rather than a token effort. The chefs here are apparently a vegan couple, and they've created really original dishes. I had potato cannelloni (as literal as it sounds!) stuffed with spinach and ricotta, served with a sweet tomato sauce. It was pretty amazing....and it was served with a smile and great wine advice.
My one and only pseudo-complaint is that the acoustics in the restaurant made other people's conversation seem really loud and it was a little bit distracting at times, but other than that it was a fantastic place and I'll definitely be frequenting!
Oh - and double thumbs up for Feist and Fleetwood Mac which both accompanied our meal!
"grub" has some good things going for it.
first is the design, which is all bright colours and artsy doodled wallpaper.
next is their cocktail list. i've had a few in the couple of visits i've made so far, and i find them tastier and just as inventive as those at "cascade room", that much hyped main st hangout. plus, they have punch in bowls, which is a first in a restaurant for me, and gives the place a fun, unpretentious feel.
the food is solid, with a constantly changing "fresh sheet". none of it is overly complex or surprising, but it's executed well.
so far, their desserts have disappointed, but maybe that'll change in time.
all in all, a great new addition to the neighbourhood, and a good alternative to the always packed and rather stuffy "crave" down the street.