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730 Queen St E
TorontoON
 
(416) 465-0100
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Ruby Watchco. is a upscale trendy Bistro restaurant located by Queen St and Broadview Ave in the Riverdale and Leslieville area of East Toronto. Ruby Watchco. specializes in Bistro cuisine and features casual dining, celebrity spot, daily specials in a dressy casual atmosphere
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Review: Watch Lynn go

 
By Patricia Noonan, reviewed on April 29, 2010

Riverside's newest dining destination is courtesy of a food famous TV duo. Chef Lynn Crawford and designer Cherie Stinson, Restaurant Makeover alumni, crafted their own makeover of The Citizen. Along with Stinson's partner-husband, Joey Skeir, they eradicated the...

Riverside's newest dining destination is courtesy of a food famous TV duo. Chef Lynn Crawford and designer Cherie Stinson, Restaurant Makeover alumni, crafted their own makeover of The Citizen. Along with Stinson's partner-husband, Joey Skeir, they eradicated the utilitarian stainless steel look out front in exchange for more dining space. The open room retains the essential long bar and the bright, open kitchen gives you a chance to see Crawford cooking up close and personal with her team.

The menu changes daily and it's a four course $49 prix fixe deal. The courses are served family style in the middle of the table in cherry red Le Creuset pots and platters. Our dinner starts off with fresh churned butter and scrumptious chive biscuits. Yes... they make the butter in house. Our first course is a beautifully composed beet and arugula salad with herb goat cheese and toasted pistachios. Light, refreshing and positively frilly, the peppery baby arugula tiptoes with sweet beets and creamy cheese.

Black Bow Farm Pork Loin is a slow roasted Berkshire breed, plated with lager braised onion gravy. It arrives with three sides, excellent counterpoints to the meat.
While I love the density of the Berkshire pork, it needs a little more oompf. More gravy probably would've done the trick. The scalloped potatoes are killer. Decadent and creamy, a perfect foil to the brilliant green beans sautéed with sharp mustard greens and spinach. The sides are a definite wow.

Our cheese course is a primer in sourcing great local products. The creamy Firecracker Cheddar really needs nothing except the toasts, but the celery heart salad and tomato chutney are picnic-y touches. My guest, Victor, a globetrotting hospitality specialist, agrees that we must have some whisky with the excellent cheddar. Our server doesn't hesitate to offer us single malts, but in retrospect, I think that an award winning whisky from John Hall (Forty Creek) would be a perfect match to support the local agenda.

With spring in the air, cupcakes seem de rigueur. La Crawford's are Devil's Food with insanely yummy silky cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut. We're about to pack up and leave and she reads my mind, asking, "Would you like some to go"... I should've asked our local star to autograph the box?

Price: Expensive
Atmosphere: Laid back sophistication
Surprise,Surprise: Lots of media types and Rosedale escapees
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Hint: Zoltan Szabo's local wine list is thoughtfully sourced

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