It’s 12:14am and I’m still full. The last spoonful of the yogurt/buttermilk/spongy cake final course of dinner at Yours Truly – a new Toronto gem de cuisine about four steps south of Dundas on Ossington – must have been lovingly shovelled into my facial orifice (there’s a nice visual for ya) around 10:45pm. The haze of satisfaction still wafting around my head. Yeah…Yours Truly (229 Ossington Avenue) was most definitely enjoyed by, well, yours truly.
After a near-miss at dinner – when I first arrived at Yours Truly I was told an hour-long wait was likely – and a subsequent re-strategizing to head to Don Don Izakaya with my lovely nosh-mate for the evening – Ms. Trina Hendry aka @ChowBellaTO – we were beckoned back to the restaurant as other wait-listers dropped like flies. Ah…serendipity.
Yours Truly falls in line with the latest crop of Toronto restaurants insofar as design is concerned. A little rustic, a little industrial, a little reclamation-looking action in the materials used. But the comparisons, for the most part, end there. It’s casual fine dining with a slight West Coast feel. (Or so I ignorantly assume; it is owned by three Gastown transplants after all.)
I ordered an Old Fashioned because it seemed apropos and I figured the hipster diners would approve. Trina and I both opted for the four-course meal – she went vegetarian, I opted for plates adorned with the cast from ‘Charlotte’s Web’. We also ordered Deviled Eggs because the 60s rocked and sriracha, furikake, and eggs seemed too good to pass up. (FYI, they were sinful…har har.)
So, in lieu of a vlog for y’all to watch, I’m going to try to be as animated as possible in my overall thoughts to convey some semblance of the glory of what only moving pictures can show…
1 | Amuse bouche. Some sort of leaf with a crumble on top and a little dollop of some sort of white sauce. (I wasn’t paying attention when it was described.) Mental Reaction: “Daeyum! They went and made rabbit food tight, yo!”
2 | Appetizer. The aformentioned Deviled Eggs with a punch. Mental Reaction: “Hell might not be such a bad place after all.” *crickets*
3 | Appetizer. Chickpea samosas? (Something like that, I think.) The dipping sauce was served in a mason jar lid. Kee-yute! Mental Reaction: “Tasty, but I want dinner to start.”
4 | Soup. Had some crispy pork dealie on top. Was thick. Mental Reaction: “Seriously…start dinner.”
5 | First course of…DINNER! Poached, marinated turnips with spelt, cucumber, daikon, puffed pork (for nothing more than texture so far as I could tell) and a honey sauce. Mental Reaction: “Turnips? Really? Is this the depression…Wait! Honey bites are good, honey bites are good!”
6 | Second course. (And personal favourite of the whole night. Sérieusement, go soon for this dish alone.) Trout with Jesus juice…er…brown butter emulsion, hazelnuts, black turnip, and bok choy. Mental Reaction: “No one talk to me. I’m entering the gates of heaven.”
7 | Third course. Duck with beets, ukari goma (a Japanese seasoning), shiso (a pretty green leaf), and I think some sort of berry dealie. (Looked like it at least.) Mental Reaction: “Duck tastes a little gamey…wait! No, no, silly Adam! Put a bit of everything on your fork and experience the same joy those looney survey respondents must have felt when they said they’d rather bacon over sex.” (Google the survey in question. Either freaks answered or all those questioned were pig farmers.)
8 | Fourth course. The previously mentioned dessert. Looked like a bowl of yogurt…Kind of was. Apparently the idea is that it’s supposed to be like looking down at the clouds while on an airplane, and then discovering a beautiful landscape hidden beneath. (Not making this shiz up folks.) Too butermilky. Mental Reaction: “…”
Yours Truly on Ossington is a more than welcome addition to the Toronto restaurant scene. The service was fantastic. (Seriously, the staff could not have been sweeter.) The room – while a little loud to indulge in non-throat straining conversation – is rustic chic and a perfect backdrop for a night out. And the food was, with the exception of a slight miss or two – in terms of my flavour preferences, that is – exceedingly well executed, beautifully presented, and absolutely scrumptious. Dear Toronto, yours truly highly recommends Yours Truly.
(PS The four course menu will change regularly, so this ‘review’ may be null and void in a week’s time. Sorry!)
Yours Truly | 229 Ossington Avenue, Toronto | yours-truly.ca | @YoursTruly229