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Mike and I often walk by Ruby Watchco (@RubyWatchco) and each time we do, we always stop to drool at their current menu. What I find impressive is the fact that their menu changes daily. It’s definitely a restaurant that will never get boring.

Located on Queen, just east of Broadview, Ruby Watchco is owned by celebrity chef Lynn Crawford (@CHEF_LYNN) who stars in the Food Network’s Pitchin’ In. She previously worked as the Executive Chef at the Four Seasons in Toronto and NYC before opening Ruby Watchco in 2010. Chef Lora Kirk (@LORAKIRK2) also runs the kitchen at the restaurant.

Ruby Watchco

The 64-seat dining room is dimly lit and has a cozy feel to it. We arrived for dinner shortly after 6pm and loved the fact that they have a skylight in the middle of the dining room which really lights up the space (until sun down, anyway). You can peer into the open part of the kitchen at the back of the restaurant and I couldn’t keep my eyes off of the endless shelves of Le Creuset cookware. Beautiful!

The interior

They are only open for dinner from Tuesdays to Saturdays and there are 2 seatings each evening (6:00, 6:15 or 6:30 for the first seating and 8:30, 8:45 or 9:00 for the second seating). Reservations are only accepted via phone and the bar is kept open for walk-ins.

The farm-to-table fare at Ruby Watchco is all served family-style. The menu, which changes daily, features four courses for $49.

We started out with a couple cocktails, the first being the Pomegranate Sizzler – Tromba Blanco tequila, Cazadores Reposado, lime, ginger & pomegranate ($14). It sure hit the spot – it’s stronger than it sounds!

The Pomegranate Sizzler

The other cocktail I tried was the No Resolutions – Cynar, Averna, Aperol, sherry & Clementine juice ($14). Delicious – a little sweet and not too boozy tasting.

No Resolutions

Our first course was the Carron Farms’ Red Beet Salad – Sleger’s Living greens, romaine hearts, garbanzo beans, feta, sesame seeds, tahini vinaigrette & golden beet goat yoghurt. What a way to start the meal – this was a truly delicious salad. Sometimes dishes can suffer from consisting of too many ingredients but everything in this salad worked incredibly well. Each component had a purpose on the plate and the light vinaigrette complimented it all very nicely.

Carron Farms’ Red Beet Salad

The salad arrived with some fresh Biscuits. Love, love, love! Enough said.

Biscuits

Each night, there is a supplement you can add to your dinner for an extra cost. Tonight’s supplemental dish was the Herb Spaetzle with Oven Roasted Tomatoes & Confit Rabbit which we added for an extra $16. The confit rabbit was served pulled and sat on top of a bed of herb spaetzle. Overall, it was a decent dish but it didn’t wow me. Something was missing…

Herb Spaetzle with Oven Roasted Tomatoes & Confit Rabbit

Our main course was the Pan Seared Salmon – with Cauliflower Puree & Fennel Frond Pesto. When I found out tonight’s menu featured salmon, I was a little disappointed. It’s something I never order at restaurants since it can so often be overcooked and/or boring. Thankfully this wasn’t the case at Ruby Watchco. The salmon fillets (all six of them at our table) were impeccably cooked – wonderfully moist, medium rare in the centre with a crispy skin. The fennel frond pesto which topped the fish added a nice pop of flavour. A home run!

Pan Seared Salmon

The salmon was accompanied by several sides. My favourite of the sides was the Hillside Garden’s Heirloom Carrots – with lemon vinaigrette. Heirloom vegetables are not only fun to look at but delicious to eat!

Hillside Garden’s Heirloom Carrots

Another accompanying side was the Sautéed Swiss Chard – with garlic, chili & onion petals which was perfectly cooked and seasoned.

Sautéed Swiss Chard

The last side was the Smashed Celery Root & Parsnips – with herb sour cream. I loved that they switched it up from the usual mashed potatoes. It resulted in one great veggie dish.

Smashed Celery Root & Parsnips

Every night Ruby Watchco features a different cheese. Tonight’s was the Grey Owl by Fromgerie Le Detour – with Warner’s Farms apples & pears with red wine caramel & walnuts. I think the consensus at the table was that it was a little too strong for our liking. I enjoy cheese but this goat cheese was just a little too much for me. To each their own!

Grey Owl by Fromgerie Le Detour

To complete the evening, we had Chef Lora’s Smoked Chocolate Bread Pudding – with orange mascarpone, coffee caramel & toasted pecans. I enjoyed the smokiness of the dessert and found it to be a pretty tasty ending to the meal. The bread pudding was moist and the addition of the orange mascarpone was a nice compliment to the heavy dessert.

Chef Lora’s Smoked Chocolate Bread Pudding

Overall, we loved Ruby Watcho’s farm-to-table fare. My only regret is not dropping by sooner!

At a glance:
• Serving up rustic farm-to-table fare at Queen and Broadview
• Owned by celebrity chef Lynn Crawford; The kitchen is also run by Chef Lora Kirk
• A different menu each night – 4 courses for $49
• Open for dinner Tuesdays to Saturdays; 2 seatings each evening (6:00, 6:15 or 6:30 for the first seating and 8:30, 8:45 or 9:00 for the second seating)
• The bar is kept open for walk-ins
• Reservations are only accepted via phone

Ratings (out of 5):
• Food: 4 stars
• Service: 4 stars
• Atmosphere: 4 stars

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