Annabelle Goodman —
DT is a charming dining spot in the Annex. It is even more delightful since the last renovation. The white walls and banquettes are fresh and inviting. The length of the restaurant features windows. In the nice weather the windows are open and it is like dining on a terrace. DT originally began as a patisserie and café. Donald Duong is an Olympic winner for his pastries and well known for catering sweets to many social functions in town. Check out the cooler at the front of the restaurant. The pastries are like little sculptures and really call out to be chosen. The café later was extended to include lunch and dinner menus. The food is beautifully prepared, fairly priced and beautifully plated. I hadn’t been there for a while and was excited when my two friends suggested this neighborhood delight. I met my two friends at my exercise class. They are both dynamic women and I was thrilled when it was suggested we meet for lunch. They are so busy and finally after two years we set a date. It was all worth waiting.
154 Harbord St – 416 916 8155
The specials are listed on a blackboard. There were several choices. All three of us chose the Salad Nicoise. It was superior and served in a large white bowl. The fresh arugula was peppery and crisp. Small potatoes, tomatoes, green beans and pomegranate seeds were infused with tasty vinaigrette. Best of all was the seared tuna on top. It had been marinated in a peppery sauce and was perfectly prepared. We all enjoyed this dish.
I was interested in the Tofu and Mushroom Fritters prepared with soy, ginger and onion, with a black vinaigrette dressing. I have enjoyed the Mushroom Soup in the past. Blended mushrooms cream and chicken stock make for a creamy thick tasty bowl of soup. The Sandwiches are creative and very tempting. On this occasion a Spicy Tuna Sandwich was a daily specialty. Mushroom & Cheve Sandwich is prepared with mushrooms & pesto with salad or frites. For an additional minimum amount you can add a Mushroom Soup or Sweet Potato Fries.
We couldn’t help but notice the next table enjoying a selection from the Noodle Bowls. Wild Duck Noodle Bowl is prepared with house made noodles and vegetables. Vegetarians will delight with the Vegetable Noodle Bowl with house noodles, mushrooms, ginger, cucumber, carrot, broccoli, soy, and toasted sesame sauce. The bowls looked so inviting.
The Lemon Ricotta Shrimp Crepes are a regular on the menu. Beef Bourguignon is a hearty meal of mushrooms, mashed potatoes and vegetables. The Roasted Pear and Cheddar Omelette is served with a side salad and mini croissant. I remember enjoying that dish on previous occasions.
The menu features some specialty teas. We each chose different coffees and found them to be flavorful and full bodied. Dessert Trends is open for lunch from Wednesday to Friday. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays. Dinner is served from Wednesday to Saturday. I noticed that afternoon tea is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00 -5:00 pm I am certainly going to put that on my ‘to do list.’ DT is bright and cheery. It is well appointed. The food is creative and artistically plated. We were delighted with our lunch. I won’t wait so long next time. What a treat to return.