Trying to pick a restaurant in Toronto for each visit is overwhelming. Which cuisine? What neighbourhood? Something new or something loved from a previous trip? About three weeks before my last visit and I hadn’t picked anything despite reminders from my sister that time was running out to get a reservation for a Saturday night at anywhere popular. A reminder text popped in from her as I was watching “Pitchin’ In” on Food Network and somewhere in the back of my head I remembered Chef Lynn Crawford had a newish place. A quick look online and Ruby Watchco was my choice for this trip.
It was superb. The grapefruit and blood orange tequila cocktail was so good I didn’t get to snap a picture of it. I could have eaten a bucket of the clili roasted eggplant salad . The ribeye melted in my mouth. The sherry vinegar roasted mushrooms (a side with the steak) would make an incredible football day snack (I’m picturing them in a funnel cone with a spear to poke them with, but I digress). The blueberry and lemon curd parfait was the perfect blend of tart and sweet.
The restaurant itself was beautiful inside. Homey with a modern feel. The staff was super friendly. For an evening, I wished I lived in Riverside so this could be my neighbourhood place. I think the picture of me above speaks for itself in that regard.