By Annabelle Goodman –154 Harbord St 416 916 8155
I have enjoyed lunch and dinner here on many occasions. I do confess I have been remiss and not visited for a few years. Jennifer has been a server here for a long time. I recognized that beautiful smile and was agog when she called me by name. That kind of welcome is typical of DT. The DT stands for Dessert Trends. Donald Duong is the chef/owner. He has won Olympic awards for his pastries and is well known throughout the city for catering those exotic desserts to the fanciest parties in town. The minute you enter this charming place you face a counter filled with fresh tantalizing exotic pastries. The biscotti and cookies are also on display. Home made gelato is prepared here. Once you have seen the dessert counter you will want to save room for a tasting. (Or two)
The ambiance is very inviting. The interior is white, well lit and very warm. It is small and cozy.
I was brunching with a dear friend. We arrived at 11:00 a.m. and thought it was great that the place was quiet and ready for business. The place is closed on Monday and Tuesday. On the weekend you can enjoy a special brunch.
My dining companion was embarrassed to tell me that she had just dined here the evening before and now rates DT as her favorite restaurant in town.
For $15.00 we were treated to a 3 course prix-fixe lunch. There were delicious choices and we decided to forgo our diets for another day.
The serving plates were white rippled platters divided in 3 sections. Each course was on the plate. It was colorful, creative and so tempting.
My friend opted for the Gazpacho Soup as the first course. The Sandwich of Sautéed Mushrooms, cheese and tomato was totally divine. Her dessert selection was the famous Carrot Cake.
I chose a Green Salad, the same sandwich and a Crème Brule. I will definitely pay a price for this (on my waistline) but everything was all too delicious to leave anything behind.
A Salad Nicoise was another main course option. The Pre- Fixe menu is the best value in town. The food is always fresh and beautifully prepared. The presentation is most artistic.
Lunch Specials were also available. Coconut Curry Salmon Naan is a favorite.($16.00) The Lamb Shank is a house specialty.($16.00) DT Summer Juices are made fresh to order. Apple, carrot, honeydew, pear and watermelon are available for $5.00. Have you ever heard of an Avocado Honey Milkshake? You can enjoy one here for $5.00.
The Pear & Prosciutto Sandwich is a delightful combination of arugula, onion jam, and tapenade. ($15.00).
The dinner menu also offers the choice of a Prix -Fixe special menu or choices from the extensive regular menu. There are always vegetarian specialties available. Salads, soups, pasta, meat and fish are always on the menu. The menu changes frequently. The quality of the food, the artistic presentation and the flavor are a guarantee. The service has always been friendly and welcoming. It is a small kitchen but miracles occur in that tiny space.