Thursday, 2 February 2017

Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill @ Bayview Village

Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill is a classy restaurant at Bayview Village (an upscale shopping mall). They were running a really good deal for Winterlicious - $28 for a three course prix fixe meal!

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*Items in red are what I would order again
 
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Seafood Chowder with smoked haddock, shrimp, potato and corn
I could definitely taste the smoked haddock, but I wasn't a huge fan of the flavour. The soup was really thick and a little lumpy. 

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Roasted Squash & Pesto Tart with salad
The tart was really nice with a flaky crust and the salad was pretty tasty. 

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Chicken Coq au Vin with pearl onions, mashed potatoes and red wine jus
The chicken was flavourful and juicy and the vegetable medley underneath was also really good. 

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Braised Beef Short Rib Gnocchi with wilted mustard greens
Auberge du Pommier and Oliver & Bonacini (O&B) Cafe Grill are owned by the same company, but they're different restaurant concepts. It was interesting to note that both Auberge and O&B Cafe Grill had braised beef short rib - so I got to compare both of them. Auberge's beef was definitely supreme. The O&B version was good, but not as tender - the gnocchi (while good on their own) were a rather strange side to the beef - especially since the gnocchi only had the slightly watery sauce. 

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Warm Chocolate Torte and Caramelized Custard Tart
The torte and the custard tart were okay, but we weren't wow-ed by either. 
When we were ordering, we told the waiter that we were torn on the desserts since we also wanted to try the banana tarte tatin and he did an amazingly nice thing and gave us a banana tarte tatin for free!
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Banana Tarte Tatin
We were so surprised and happy with this additional dessert! It was pretty yummy. 

Overall: Great service! The waiter was pretty attentive and he noticed we weren't really enjoying our desserts before he brought the last one for us to try (that's amazing considering all the other tables he had to manage). The food was good, but not as amazing as Auberge's food. 

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