Summerlicious 2015: O&B Café Grill

Hey Everyone!

Time for my Summerlicious Meal Deal Reviews! Round one goes to O&B Café Grill!

The entrance always looks unassuming at best. Granted, I’m excellent at getting lost at Bayview Village, so maybe it’s just me who thinks that. The inside of the restaurant was quite loud for the chic looking bistro that was O&B. We had all the ambience making basics: low lighting, casual bistro atmosphere, beautiful shelves holding quaint knickknacks, etc. The restaurant was larger than I expected (double doors can hide a lot!).

O&B Café Grill
2901 Bayview Ave.
North York
M2N 5Z7


I ordered the New England Clam Chowder.  It was filled with a lot of ingredients, more vegetables than clam, but that’s pretty much expected. The crackers and bacon bits were layered on top of the soup already, so no package opening for me. The soup was quite sweet, but not as thick as I’ve come to associate clam chowder to be. Overall, I quite liked it… arguably the best thing I ate that night.


For my main, I went with the Haddock Po-Boy Jambalaya, and I wasn’t really impressed. Now, Jambalaya is supposed to be spicy right? Or am I just terrible misinformed? Either way, it wasn’t spicy at all. Frequent readers know just how badly I handle spice, and I finished the entire thing without reaching for my glass of water.  The Haddock looked to me like fish fingers, tasted like fingers, so I’m just going to go ahead and said I had some fish fingers. They were quite crispy so that was nice. The Jambalaya had a lot of ingredients, but nothing stood out at all and it got to a point where I was convincing myself that I really should try my best to finish it.


Dessert was the Genelle’s Warm Apple & Peach Pie. Both my dining companion and I agreed that it mostly left us with a lot of question marks. It was warm, so kudos to that, but I couldn’t really find the peach and the whipped cream was most likely from a can. We were quite disappointed by it and it was again, difficult to finish.


Would I come back again? I keep telling myself no, but then I go… its O&B, it can’t be as bad as I think. After talking with some friends about O&B restaurants, we came to the conclusion that, other than Canoe, O&B really isn’t that good.

One last thing – My dining companion really wanted me to stress that the butter knife she ate her Schnitzel with was really not up to the job and she wished she had something sharper.

-> Food
-> Plating
-> Decor
-> Service

 

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