Sunday, 5 January 2014


40 Wellington Street East, St Lawrence Market /Old Town, Toronto On., (416) 368-9030, Open for Lunch and Dinner Mon. to Sat.
On late Saturday afternoon, after visiting St. Lawrence Market,  I and my son Mark ( discovered Bravi Ristorante in the area.  It was around 4:30 pm and they were not opening until 5:30, however someone noticed us at the window and came to tell us to come back after 5 and they would open for us.  So we went across the street and had a drink at the Flat iron Firkin and came back to Bravi for dinner.
The inside is quite classy yet warm and spacious.

There are a couple of wine walls dividing areas within the restaurant.

We decided to try their house Merlot, and it was smooth and delicious.
Before we were finished looking at the menu a wonderful basket of fresh crisp bread and warmed olives arrived accompanied by a complex olive oil dip. Yum.

We decided to share a salumi board, which consisted of a variety of cured meats and pickled vegetables.
For my main I chose the grilled Atlantic salmon, with garlic sauteed rapini, cherry tomatoes and black olives in lemon butter.  The salmon was nicely grilled and the rest of the dish went very well with the fish.
Mark had the gnocchi gorgonzola, with gorgonzola cream, toasted walnuts and caramelized pears.  It was very good and he really enjoyed this dish.

The service was very good and friendly, the food was delicious and the wine was reasonable.  We will definitely return to try some other Tuscan inspired dishes here (although the menu is somewhat limited) .  It has a comfortable, romantic feel to the space and well worth a visit.
Well, we came back a couple of weeks later on a breezy February Saturday after another visit to St. Lawrence Market.  We met the same friendly waiter and were seated at the window where we could see the street and park.  This time I came with my wife and son Mark to try some other dishes.  My wife tried the special; grouper with a risotto type mixture made with white beans and other ingredients that tasted scrumptious.  
Mark tried the Scallop Risotto that included pan seared scallops, double smoked bacon and saffron. He really enjoyed it.

I stuck to the same dish I had the last time here - their grilled Atlantic salmon with garlic sauteed rapini, cherry tomato and olives.  It is very good!!
My wife and son finished with the tiramisu.  It came covered in cocoa and in a large cup and was smooth and delicious.  I just kept drinking the wine - a nice California Cabernet.
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