Truthfully, I think the city is saturated with Oliver & Bonacini restaurants (but did you know they're opening yet another. Wowzers.)
Of the seven currently operating - I've had 5. yesterday was, in fact, number 5.
I had a date with Gigi. I have known Gigi a long time and she has one of the BEST laughs ever. She was actually one of the first friends I ever made in Toronto. Sadly, I don't see Gigi often because she no longer lives in the city, but when we do manage to come together, it's like magic.
We grabbed a seat on Canteen's patio - shaded and perfect for people watching. Canteen ranked low on my O&B charts because it was just average.
My steak frites was good - well seasoned and perfectly medium rare. I liked the garlic aioli, but I'm not sure how I felt about my steak being placed ontop dollops of ailoi.
Gigi wasn't crazy about her Fregola. I took a bite (more like five) and had to agree. There was something off about it - perhaps too much white wine. Even my love of chorizo couldn't really save the dish. Her caesar was good, but then got demoted to okay with it's overpriced status.
I know...it sounds like a bad review, but it's not. The food was good and I'd eat there again.
But can I share a secret, I wish O&B would stop opening restaurants and focus on one and make it the apple of their daddy's eye. I mean really, when is enough, enough? Just like friends, quantity does not equate to quality.