April 2, 2018: Tracy and I went to Smash Kitchen and Bar for dinner. Funnily enough I’ve been to Smash three times previously but all of those times were either for lunch or brunch; this was my first time there for dinner!
We arrived after 7:15 p.m. and were given a seat right away. As it was Easter Monday and a holiday, the place was packed for a Monday night.
We ordered three items to share. Our server that night was very smiley, friendly, and served our needs effortlessly. She came by two times to check us during the night after we had received our food and the manager also came by to see if things were okay too. I thought that was the most ideal dining experience since we weren’t interrupted unnecessarily. I also really appreciated that the server came by to refill Tracy’s water glass and asked me if I wanted to refill my hot water. The whole night in terms of service was exemplary. 😀
I always knew Smash served good solid food and their dinner items confirmed it once more.
Although the items of food have gone up due to the minimum wage increase, the portions here were substantial, especially the Caprese Beet Salad! It was a huge plate fully covered with vine tomatoes, beets, buffalo mozzarella, basil pesto, and a balsamic reduction. It was beautifully assembled and I loved that there was so much buffalo mozzarella on it! I think this was my first time having buffalo mozzarella too. It was so chewy and fresh and not strong of a dairy taste. It was such a good salad to share.
Smash has three types of mac and cheese on their menu (which signifies a try since they must be good at it!). We ordered the original L.A. Mac and Cheese which had cheese sauce, julienne bacon, and was herb crusted. (The other two options included truffle oil or lobster.)
It arrived in a black pan. This was seriously one of the better mac and cheeses that I’ve had! (Memorable one still goes to The Gabardine.) I liked the bold cheese flavour of the sauce which coated the macaroni perfectly and without clumps. There was just a sprinkling of bacon which was perfect. I liked the gooey strings of cheese as I pulled the macaroni from the pan. I also appreciated how even after the dish was left on the table for a while, the mac and cheese and still hot and fresh instead of sticking together. So yummy!! We ordered the small portion which was more than good enough for us.
The “Really Big Meatball” caught Tracy’s interest. It was a ground veal and pork meatball with tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella (I guess they like their buffalo mozzarella here!), and four large pieces of grilled ciabatta.
Since the meatball was made up of ground veal and pork, it wasn’t tough at all and was a nice smooth texture.
It was so nice to return to Smash Kitchen and Bar to try out their dinner menu. Smash really is a solid dining establishment for the city of Markham and I’d be proud to come again and recommend it to friends. I also liked that their dining room was partially separated by a wall to partition a smaller room (which was where we sat) and this helped to cut the noise level a bit so you could still hear each other at the table despite it being such a busy restaurant that night.