The menu is blessedly brief and new each day, beginning in the loveliest of ways. Each diner receives two amuse bouches in ceramic spoons. Tonight the treats are salmon salad with capers and sirloin with whipped blue cheese.
And… we are off!
There is no mistaking the hands of experience at work in Malena: whether it lies in the warm greeting or the deft blending of one course into another, we relax knowing our hosts are sharing our good time.
THE MANTRA OF this market-style eatery north of Steeles on Yonge is “fresh and healthy Middle Eastern cuisine.”
To that tag line they should add “fabulous” as everything sampled here is deserving of a revisit.
Having just read an update on 24 recent restaurant closings, I am in awe of the optimism inherent in the opening of a new dining spot. Layer that with a “jinxed” location, and it is clear that the guiding minds have supreme confidence.
Eureka! I may have found a neighbourhood eatery, in my own neighbourhood, that is worth the walk. Opened only three months ago, by Ned Spahic, after eight successful years as executive chef at Sette Mezzo a few blocks away, Balsamico is the latest addition to the Yonge stroll north of Davisville.
IS THIS A restaurant with an identity crisis or is it an allpurpose eatery? These burning questions bring us to the latest outpost of Le Gourmand or LG3 as they call this Midtown location at Yonge and Eglinton.