After extensive (seemingly never-ending) renovations, the paper is finally down to reveal a pristine, clean-yet-cozy decor within. The main dining area features plenty of polished accents, simple and elegant white-tiled flooring, expansive bar and bistro-style tables which suit the space perfectly. The room’s overall simple colour palette (accented by black here and there) only helps set off the fire engine red colouring of their signature Rotisol Grande Flame Olympia Rotisserie – a classic car of rotisseries signature to this space. Simply put, it melds a classic ‘French Bistro’ look alongside a more casual style that begs for lingering lunches and drawn-out dinner conversations to be had.
Tucked away in another section of the restaurant, we found a quaint private dining room decorated with an eclectic mix of collectables that help highlight the various features of this heritage space. We noted gleaming marble surfaces, ornate mosaics and funked-up light fixtures throughout. The darker hue to the room is naturally lightened by the large, industrial salvaged windows that can be opened and allow for natural light to invade the space. The perfect spot to hunker down for celebrations host a private party or kick back away from prying eyes.
And what of the food? It’s delish. We started by sampling cocktails from their list of old time favourites, taste testing our way through several worth noting (An Apple A Day and Sloe Gin Fizz are great options). Their tight, wisely-chosen wine list affords a solid selection of bubbles by the glass, whites and reds perfect for the comfort food-driven menu.
Bites came next, and we were urged to order up the fried chickpea dip with crostini (yum!) with crispy chicken skin (curious yet?) as well as a chorizo and pepper skillet. Main courses that made their way to our table included selections from the daily fresh sheet, garganelli pasta with lobster, kale, lemon and chilli, baked gnudi, Swiss chard and parmesan, as well as (of course) signature rotisserie chicken with all the fixings.
The bottom line: appetite-filling comfort food has more than hit its mark at Homer Street Cafe courtesy of Chef Tret Jordan and Marc-Andre Choquette (Executive Chef).
Need more convincing? Come the weekend, grab a seat at their new street-side patio for a lazy afternoon of people watching and chow down on their new weekend brunch menu.
Homer Street Cafe is open for lunch from 11:30am Monday to Friday with dinner service from Monday to Saturday at 5pm and brunch every Sunday (10:30am until 3pm).
They are located at 898 Homer Street. For more info visit them online.