Borealia Restaurant – Toronto
If you happen to be an adventurous gourmet and would like to experience among other specialties bison (pemmican) bresaola, or mussels smoked in pine needles, then ehad to this small husband and wife owned restaurant.
Its 45 seats in a narrow, but long space is tastefully decorated and illuminated discreetly.
The bar on one side is long, with a good display of various spirit bottles on the wall.
Borealia on Ossington opened last Wednesday (December 10) with a party during which samples of the eclectic menu were served, i.e bison (pemmican) bresaola ($15.00), braised whelk ($ 14.00), mussels smoked in pine needles ( $ 15.00), salt cod quenelles with lobster veloute ( $ 15.00), pigeon pie (roast squab) ( $ 20.00), and Louisbourg hot chocolate beignets. Eight more specialties and two snacks complete the menu.
Everything is prepared on premises, including the delicious bread. The beverage menu is short, but well chosen and reasonably priced. The target market of this quality-oriented restaurant is 29 – 45 year old people who like to meet friends in inviting environments, and entertain family.
The service staff is young, eager to serve, and skilful. What struck me was the thoughtful and imaginative presentation of all the specialties.
The restaurant is open for dinner only from Wednesday to Sunday (5.30 pm).
There is a municipal parking lot 50 metres away, and street parking.
I recommend Borealia for all who appreciate tasty and imaginatively presented food, and competent service.
59 Ossington Avenue off Queen Street west. http://borealiato.com/