[Canadian] Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill

Restaurant: Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill 
Location: 33 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1G4
Price Range: $$$

Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill
Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill


Thanksgiving isn’t the same without turkey! And no I am talking about the Canadian Thanksgiving, which happened back in October so I’m sure you guys can guess when this dinner happened. Lol. Currently I’m really backlogged but I almost finished all my October eats, hurray!

To be honest this dinner was quite a spontaneous one as C and I were lazy to make dinner that night, and we don’t normally celebrate Thanksgiving either. Also having no friends means you don’t get invited to their family Thanksgiving dinner… Just kidding. Since we were craving for turkey, we decided to go to O&B as it was one of the few restaurants that offered a Thanksgiving menu that night.

Thanksgiving menu
Thanksgiving menu

I must say though, the restaurant is spacious with two sides of dining room and a patio looking at Sony Theater. I do agree that the prices are a little on the pricey side and the portions do not reflect said price, but the restaurant is located on Financial District, what can you do? The service was quite pleasant and we definitely did not feel intimated lol.

I was glad that it wasn’t a prix fixe menu so I was able to choose other dishes on the normal menu instead, because quite frankly, neither the appetizer or dessert on that menu were appealing to me.

Butternut Squash Soup (maple creme fraiche & parsnip chip) - $9
Butternut Squash Soup (maple creme fraiche & parsnip chip) – $9

C got the butternut squash soup and she really enjoyed it.

Mango Salad (marinated Mozzarella, radicchio &basil) - $13
Mango Salad (marinated Mozzarella, radicchio &basil) – $13

The mango salad was quite disappointing as it was bland and had no flavors at all. The mango was slightly sour, which I liked and the radicchio added some crunchy texture to the dish. But I wasn’t sure what they marinated the mozzarella with as there was no seasonings…

Turkey Dinner (roasted turkey breast, leg confit, creamy mashed potatoes, crispy brussels sprouts, cranberry stuffing & chicken gravy) - $26
Turkey Dinner (roasted turkey breast, leg confit, creamy mashed potatoes, crispy brussels sprouts, cranberry stuffing & chicken gravy) – $26

On the other hand the chef was a bit heavy handed on the salt with this dish but the turkey dinner was delicious! Their traditional roast turkey dinner included both white and dark meat which were moist and flavourful. The mashed potatoes were smooth and Brussels sprouts were not too crispy. The cranberry sauce was nice as well but it wasn’t able to balance the saltiness of the dish, but altogether the dish wasn’t too heavy and I liked the combination of all the different flavours.

Overall while the turkey dinner was a slight disappointment, it was still a satisfying Thanksgiving meal and we were more than happy with it. It was also quite convenient as well because making turkey consumes a lot of time, so if you are feeling lazy on that specific day, why not check out O&B Thanksgiving menu?

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