The little terrace courtyard, tucked in at the back of Bistrot by Basil on Osborne has always been my favourite in the city. When the Tap and Grill had to close due to a water main break, we eagerly awaited it’s reopening. We were not among the first to give it a try and had heard some rumblings on Urbanspoon. In our opinion, the rustic and simply prepared food is almost exactly as we remembered and loved it.
This was a very special night for us. The evening took a lot of co-ordination because we were dining with four couples who all have young children and whose babysitting resources overlap. In the end, it all came together. We were celebrating a special friendship shared amongst these folks and the bittersweet departure of one of the couples for Seattle. I use that descriptor because our lives are all the richer for having come together, but we are sad that we will no longer see them and their gorgeous children on a weekly basis.
Dinner started with cocktails and some wine and then we got around to ordering. Actually, one person volunteered to show our server (Vicki, I think her name was) the tapas menu and he said: “Please bring everything from this item down to the bottom of the list”. And so it was that the small plates started to arrive.
There was such a vast variety and every item equally good as the one before, that exclamations will be difficult for each one, so I will let the pictures do the talking:
Baked Brie with an Orange Fig Compote & topped with Seasonal Berries
Breast of a Bird on a Stick
Sweet Peppered Feta -The sweetness deriving from a drizzle of honey contrasted by a crust of black pepper. This one might have well been my favourite.
Eggplant and Zucchini Chips
Grilled Vegetable Medley
Grilled Pita Platter with Baba Ganuosh, Spicy Feta, Hummus and Tatziki Dips
Classic Fresh PEI Mussels
AND when that had not proven to be enough food:
Baby Scallop (and Pancetta) Pizza,
Classic Margarita Pizza
For the sweet tooths (teeth?) in the crowd there was
Cinsation Cinnamon Torte
and Five Layer Chocolate Cake
It states on Basil’s menu that tapas is perfect for friends to share and we certainly regard ourselves as close, close friends. The sharing of food in this manner at this extended table, sealed the bonds of our friendship in a special way. Hilarity prevailed and we all remarked that our cheeks and our sides were sore from laughing.
“Packing up the dreams God planted
In the fertile soil of you
Can’t believe the hopes He’s granted
Means a chapter in your life is through
But we’ll keep you close as always
It won’t even seem you’ve gone
‘Cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong”
-Deborah D. Smith
Love-that is all.