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The Harbord Room – Toronto

May 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments

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So we decided to take a leisurely stroll to the restaurant on Harbord –somewhere on Harbord – unfortunately we forgot the address. Luckily, we did know that the walls were supposed to be pepto-bismol pink. After a bit of window-peering we found the place and the wall color was not as shocking as described and thankfully it did not detract from the comfortable atmosphere of this tiny restaurant on what is quickly becoming a hip restaurant strip on Harbord.


The restaurant probably seats approximately 20 people with a few tables and a bar along one side of the restaurant. Small but cozy rather than cramped. Service is attentive but not rushed even though they warned us in advance when we booked the table (for 6:30pm) that the table would be turned over at 9pm.

I will be honest – nothing really grabbed me on the menu when I first looked at it. The menu is divided into small, medium and large plates. The small plates are meant to be appetizers and the medium/large plates vary in size and could be a main depending on how hungry you are.

From the small plates, we tried the applewood grilled cheese sandwich with a side of wild honey (interesting) and delicious and surprisingly large watercress salad. And it was small – two mini sandwiches which probably comprise 2-3 small but tasty bites each. Everyone liked their mains. The spring risotto (asparagus, sweet pea and mint puree) – was a refreshing and appealingly green main course, which definitely hit the spot for the veggies among us. One of the ladies ordered the Ontario rainbow trout fillet on a bed of root vegetables, cauliflower and leek puree which she declared was some of the best fish she has had. I had the fresh parpadelle with braised rabbit which was the tastiest tenderest rabbit I have ever tried served with perfectly cooked fresh parpadelle. Surprisingly, it was a decent amount of meat with the pasta – and almost more of a meat dish than a pile of pasta. The crab cakes and roasted halibut were also highly recommended by the server but we will have to save that for the next time.

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The Harbord Room
89 Harbord Street, Toronto
Reservations: yes
cost: approx $50-60 per person with a shared appetizer, sparkling water, a bottle of wine (shared between 2 people) and tip
Would I go again: yes – particularly if I wanted a place that would appeal to even the less adventurous diners among us at a reasonable price[ad]

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 // May 31, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Pepto bismo pink walls? Nicely put.

    To be honest, we have to say that the brunch, well, at $15 and the quality of service we got, is something you should go back and try!

    Thanks for the tip on the crab cakes 🙂

  • 2 Jen Laceda // Oct 19, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    My husband ordered their house burger and it was excellent. I ordered their daily special, bison loin with foie gras. The foie gras was nicely cooked, but I was supremely disappointed with the bison – it was bland. Really bland…It’s a cute place, though. I’ll go back for other dishes, but definitely not the bison loin.

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