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New restaurant on Richmond near Churchill by the owners of Allium.
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Had a stellar experience here with the takeout dinner for 2 for my wife's birthday. You choose a specific time to pick up your order and they have it all bagged up and ready to go so you spend literally 20 seconds in the restaurant. Well, unless you go back twice like an idiot (story to follow).
The menu (see photo) was interesting and portions were really generous. There were 4 pesto mozzarella arancini to start with a nice basil marinara. The German potato salad was so beautifully balanced and delicious, I could have eaten just that for dinner and I'd have been happy. The mac and cheese was also well balanced and ideal for takeout, with its perfect pasta to broccoli ratio and a cheesy blanket on top to keep the macaroni all snuggly and moist inside. The two big hunks of braised shortrib were tender and tasty, and the chocolate parfait made for a nice and not-too-sweet finale.
Now for my idiot story. Over the phone, I accepted the banoffee pie upsell as it had been a while since I had tasted it. So they handed me the bag of food and even verbally confirmed that it contained the banoffee pie. When I got to my car, I did a quick check of the items and started driving. On the way home I suddenly realized that I'd seen everything except for the chocolate parfait dessert! So I pulled over and checked again. Still nothing. So, this being my wife's birthday meal, I drove back and went into the restaurant to point out the omission. They were so apologetic and they quickly handed me two chocolate parfaits, apologizing again for the error. When I returned to my car, went to add them to the bag of condiments where they were supposed to be and... of course I saw that I already did have the same cups in my bag. Silly me thought they were sour cream or dressing or something because they were in the same bag as the marinara and I only saw them from the top where they were pure white and not in the least bit chocolatey looking. I ran back to the restaurant and sheepishly explained my error. They said I should keep the extra ones for my trouble and it occurred to me that they might not be able to accept them for hygiene reasons. So long story short, my kids (who were having pizza for dinner) got a nice chocolate parfait and ¼ of a banoffee pie each for dessert.
So five thumbs up to Brassica for such grace in a situation where the customer was clearly a buffoon! 😄
Brassica (same owners as the former Allium) is doing a rotating curbside menu Friday-Sunday which they announce on Tuesdays. (Example in photo for May 29th, which is the day we tried it).
Their payment and pickup procedures were very efficient and contact-free, and the food is packaged ready to serve, no assembly or reheating required.
The best news for us was that while their website didn't list it, they in fact have Allium's trademark banoffee pie available most nights so we were able to order that as well , yum!
The biggest hits from our meal was the arancini and banoffee, but the salad, bolognese, and chicken were also excellent, good balance of flavours and textures It was a lot of food so we saved the most of the spaghetti and the pudding for the following night and the bolognese was just as good as a reheat.
Looking forward to trying their curbside takeout again and not just because we are banoffee addicts
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