I’ve always had a fondness for the Ossington strip. Its bars and restaurants are always a pleasant escape from the routine. After a leisurely stroll in what will soon be our new neighbourhood, my partner Eric and I set foot at Yours Truly. We were both wondering whether the restaurant whose name inspired by message found in a greeting card would be anything worth to write home about… Turns out it did, hence the blog entry.
Opened in December 2011, Yours Truly offers an ever-changing tasting menu and appetizers that vary with seasonal ingredients. This format is a perfect way to step out and try new things; so that’s exactly what we did by ordering the veg and meat tasting menus.
Our culinary journey began with a small jar of turnip and cucumber soup accompanied with chilli powder covered popcorn as well as some pickled apple. The creamy soup hit home with it pieces of cucumber and hint of pepper. It served as great promise of things to come.
The Beetroot appetizer came extremely well presented. Slices of tea-poached beets were served alongside thinly shaved pickled beets, yogurt cubes and a rye-quinoa-labneh crêpe. What this course lacked in quantity, it sure made up in taste.
For the next course, the veg option consisted of pickled carrot served with radish and cashews and carrot purée while the meat option served up trout served with a carrot purée, radish cashes and oyster sauce. This was by far the best course of the meal for both of us. Every element of our dishes was spot on! The lone downside: we would have enjoyed much more pickled carrot.
For the main course, Eric enjoyed the gnocchi served with crème fraîche in a leek and onion broth. The gnocchi was a little on the soft side, but the onion broth was delish. The Chantecler Chicken roulade served on a bed of mashed potatoes and curds served up some great flavours, but the texture left somewhat to be desired.
The meal concluded with a vanilla perfumed jasmine rice and tapioca pudding. It was served with coffee in a French-press in which the water was ladled with care.
With their food, Yours Truly wants to “bring down the wall between the kitchen and diners”. The restaurant achieves just that when the cooks step out to the tables to present their dishes. A small detail, that makes you forgive what may have seemed somewhat of a long wait between courses.
With that service approach and creative tasting menu it will be interesting to see how Yours Truly grows with time.