My friend and I visited this little restaurant called Richmond Station a week ago to have a nice catch-up dinner since she had just returned from teaching overseas and travelling away from home for over two years. It was a quaint little restaurant and not too loud inside so it was perfect to eat and catch up. We had made a reservation for 5 p.m., which was a little early, but when we got there, there were already other parties eating away.
The restaurant was opened by Top Chef Canada, season 2 winner Carl Heinrich. He used his $100,000 prize money to open up the place. It had a neat logo that looks like a subway sign, hence the name.
We started off with some bread and balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
I had the Slow Cooked Halibut ($29) with caramelized brussel sprouts, butternut squash, brown butter gnocchi. The halibut itself was tender but a little bland; however, it was very well cooked. I found that if I spooned it with the gnocchi, it tasted a lot better. The gnoochi was probably the best part of this meal. I also liked the pumpkin seeds that they paired with the dish. I think it was pumpkin seeds at least lol. I had read reviews earlier that their burger is probably one of the best items on the list, and I had wanted to try this out. However, I wasn’t feeling for a burger that night. Looking back, I should probably have tried this out to see if it was really good. I probably wouldn’t go back to have their halibut. My friend did enjoy the wild boar ragu that she had. Sorry for the poor picture quality (cell phone camera in low light and a bit blurry).
For dessert, I chose the Flourless Chocolate Torte ($9) — chevre ice, beet jelly, bitter almond foam. It was triangular shaped and served on a richly decorated plate that you see above. The top of the cake was covered with a soap bubble-like foam. It didn’t taste like foam of course, but it was interesting to see. The cake itself was very thin and I found that the “chocolate bar” that my friend ordered was both delicious — it tasted of rich, dark chocolate cake — and wonderfully decorated.
They have a daily chalkboard menu that showcases their seasonal pantry items. I enjoyed her chocolate bar better than the cake I had. Again, it is photographed in low light so you can’t really see the cake itself from the red smear of the plate.
All in all, it was a nice place to try out, but I wouldn’t be rushing back here to try anything else again anytime soon. It was a nice touch that they served some fudge along with your bill at the end.