Eat Out: The Village Cafe
With the ultimate goal of eating at every [good] restaurant I can, I plan on documenting some of my experiences along the way on here. I’ll be giving these restaurant adventure entries the “Eat Out” tag and rating the experience on a scale from 1 (shit) to 10 (life-altering).
I’m by no means a writer, food connoisseur or any sort of qualified to comment on the quality of food BUT I will do so anyway and post some yummy lookin’ pictures as well.
Disclaimer: I’m sorry but the first entry in this “Eat Out” series will be fairly boring but I promise to improve with time.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of eating at The Village Cafe in the trendy Westboro neighbourhood. This is a small, casual, and cute restaurant that serves fairly simple but fresh food.
We were lucky to snag a window table but also had the misfortune of having to listen to a loud-mouthed, middle-aged slob talk his lunch-partner’s ear off about pissing off his girlfriend and 16 year-old daughter, with some crass comments about another buddy’s girlfriend. Seriously, get a life.
Back to the food. The lunch menu is made up of a few appetizers, salads and a wide variety of very tempting sandwiches (not show in image below).
We started with the bruschetta duo and definitely did not regret our decision. It comes with both a traditional tomato bruschetta and a sauteed mushroom and artichoke version. While the tomato one was good, the mushroom + artichoke combo was unbelievable. The nice, thick balsamic vinegar drizzled on top completed the dish perfectly.
For my main course I had the roasted butternut squash salad. Overall it was pretty good but a little too focused on the sweet side of things. The walnuts were candied, there were too many dried cranberries and the dressing was even a bit sweet. A bit more acidity and some more veggies would have balanced things out a bit. The panko-crusted goat cheese was really good though and I could have had more of it (but when do I ever not want more goat cheese? #fatty). I always love getting bread served alongside a salad but this stuff was dry and confusing to me – why was it even on my plate?
I’d give my experience at The Village Cafe a 7/10. The bruschetta blew my mind but my main dish was a little disappointing. Basically the bruschetta and the yummy-looking pulled-pork sandwich that I was creeping on at another table (and plan on going back for) raised up my opinion of this place a bit. Well that, and the very sweet Aussie girl who served us. She was delusionally in love with the -30 degree weather we just had last week… right on girrrrrl.