Bywoods Restaurant, Another St Clair West Gem
|linguine with shrimp, spiced light cream sauce|
The latest spot that I have had the pleasure of checking out is Bywoods, a new Mediterranean restaurant from Boom's Tony Cappellano. The two rooms are nice and cosy, with seating for about 65 people split between them. Soft lighting, music played at a decibel level that allows dinner conversation and a nice wall of window at the front all work together to give this place a nice, casual atmostphere that would be great for a big group.
Grilled flank steak didn't work as well for me but I did love the salsa verde that came with it - it was really fresh and herbaceous and with another cut of steak, I would be all over it ($21).
We were also treated to their signature cocktail, the Bywoods which was a nice gin based drink, infused with rosemary and a hint of sweetness. I am a gin girl and was happy about the choice of drink.
|The Bywoods - gin cocktail infused with rosemary|
All in all, a really nice restaurant serving good food, generously portioned and full of flavour in a cosy, place with a nice, relaxed vibe. Bywoods is one more restaurant that I wish we had in the east end of the city. Sigh.
So, let's get to know Chef Craig a little better, shall we?
Hey Chef with Craig Denhe
1 Is there something you hated as a kid that you now love to eat?
2 If you weren’t a chef, what would you be doing?
3 If you had to get rid of one thing on your menu, what would it be?
4 If you could only use one animal from now on in your cooking, which animal would it be?
5 Chinatown or India town?
6 pasta or ramen?
7 dim sum or eggs benny?
8 Name a city that you have not been to that you would like to visit and eat in?
9 Least favourite food trend in the last ten years?
10 What food/dish/technique that is no longer in fashion that you would love to resurrect?
Sole de bercy
11 What do you eat for breakfast?
12 What non food thing inspires your cooking?
13 What four ingredients will always be in your kitchen?
Marjoram, garlic, shallots and butter
14 What is your death row meal?
Spicy pad thai
15 In a fire you are allowed to rescue one thing from your home kitchen. What would it be?
16 What did you have for dinner last night?
A Sandwich on German bread
17 Where am I most likely to find you eating on your day off?
18 If you couldn’t head your own kitchen, who would you want to work for?
A good friend of mine, Crispin Chetwynd
19 Where would I most likely find you food shopping - Kensington Market or Whole Foods?
20 If you were offered a million dollar contract to design and promote a McMugget dipping sauce for McDonalds, would you do it?
|pasta, mediterranean salad and beet salad|