While flipping through Now Magazine’s Best of TO issue, I was surprised to find that I had not heard of the restaurant voted the Best in Toronto by Now Magazine readers. Me & Mine turned out to be a 20-minute walk from where I work, so JK and I quickly decided to give it a try yesterday evening.
On the recommendation of the waitress, we opted for the Chef’s Choice, which gave us six tasting dishes for $40 per person. The courses arrived as sharing plates, which we then proceeded to split three ways with our dining companion. This arrangement didn’t always work out perfectly. Some, like the donair, which is basically a single sandwich, were not easy to split three ways.
First to arrive was a plate of mixed appetizers, with pickled eggs, blood sausages, roast beets, a goat cheese and celeriac ball, roasted grapes, and crackers with cocoa. Everything on this plate was a hit, with the crackers as a surprise highlight.
The next course was a butternut squash soup with thyme. While it was not terribly exciting, the soup was warm and pleasant for a rainy November evening. More exciting were the sautéed chicken wings, drenched in a spicy habanero sauce. I appreciated that the waitress checked ahead of time whether we could handle the heat, though it was unnecessary in our case, and we all enjoyed the numbingly hot sauce over the tender wings, a nice hit of fire after the mellow soup.
Next was a donair with liver pâté on house-made pita, with a side of ancient grains tabouli. The donair was the weakest dish of the evening, as it was hard to split and the combination of donair sauce with liver seemed random at best. Fortunately, the house-made pita was excellent.
Our next course was a kale salad with a mustard dressing and roasted acorn squash with hazelnuts. JK found the taste of the mustard dressing on the kale salad overpowering, but our dining companion enjoyed the complementary flavours of the bitter kale with the vinegary dressing plus the added pistachios. The acorn squash was surprisingly tasty with hazelnuts, but I wished the hazelnuts had been broken up for ease of eating.
The highlight of the evening was the turkey sausage. Served on top of juicy red cabbage, and topped with crispy brussel sprouts, the turkey sausages were sweet, succulent and flavourful; a happy surprise from a dish we would never have thought to order.
The dessert turned out to be a mediocre butter tart; I’m not a fan of butter tarts, and this was not the butter tart to change my mind.
I would probably have enjoyed Me & Mine more if the sharing plates had been less cumbersome. The food is comforting and generally consistent, but not stellar, which would make it a decent neighbourhood option versus something I would trek across town for. I would probably only return for the amazing turkey sausage, or to try their brunch menu.
★ ★ ★
Me & Mine, 1144 College Street, Toronto, Ontario
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