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Review: Skin and Bones, Toronto

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, a quintessential summers day when I found myself adventuring through some of Leslieville’s. I was on a mission to discover new gems in the East End and one of the highlights was dinner at Skin and Bones.

I was greeted by one of the co-owners (an Aussie bloke) who sat me by the window and slipped their menu under my nose. The front of the restaurant features a very loungy wine bar vibe while the back offers a spacious high ceilinged dining room for those looking for a more intimate experience.

Their name is absolutely charming. Skin (referring to grape skins and their passion for wine) and Bones (their passion for serving up meat centric dishes in the kitchen). Throughout the evening I had a chance to chat with the sommelier who has done an excellent job at offering a unique vino offering for Toronto East End oenophiles. There are anywhere from 120-150 bottles on the list at any given time and they have a rotating selection of at least 40 bottles open by the glass in the sparkling, red, white and dessert categories. I really appreciate that they are encouraging guests to sample themselves silly here. A great way for newby wine drinkers to sample new varietals (without having to commit to ordering an entire bottle).

Cocktails and wines by the glass throughout the evening complimented the fantastic food which whisked its way from the kitchen to the table. Highlights included Pork Rillette (which I’ve decided to offer “as butter for your bread” on the table at my wedding if I ever get married), a wild and wonderful cheese and charcuterie board, perfectly seasoned beef tartare, crispy duck with cherry and almond relish and a medium rare flat iron steak.

Bravo to the team at Skin and Bones for showcasing how fun it can be to eat out in the East End. I was so pleased with my experience that it now sits on my Toronto’s Top Restaurant List.

Special thanks to the team at Skin and Bones for hosting us as their guest for dinner.

The Feast:

Blueberry Citron

gin, blueberry simple syrup, lemonade

Paper Plane

bourbon, amaro nonino, aperol, lemon

Minervois Chateau Maris 2011 France

Malbec Remolinos Vineyard Decero 2010 Mendoza

Vouvray Cuvee Antique Petillant Domaine Gautier NV Loire France

L’Essen’Ciel Domaine Desire Petit 2011, Jura France

Mencia Gaba do Xil Telmo Rodriguez 2010 Valdeorras Spain

Warm Marinated Olives

Pork Rillette

house pickles, grilled sourdough

Cheese and Charcuterie Board

house pickles, kozlik’s triple crunch mustard, daily accompaniments

Grilled Radishes

garlic scape pesto, monforte toscano, pickled onions, brown butter vinaigrette

Beef Tartare

cornichons, dijon mustard, quail egg yolk, potato crisps

Everspring Seared Duck

heirloom grains, escarole, roasted shallot puree, cherry and almond relish

Flat Iron Steak

roasted potatoes, braised leeks, confit carrot puree, horseradish cream

Sticky Toffee Pudding

bone marrow caramel, chantilly cream

Vanilla Panna Cotta

mulberry compote, almond biscotti

Strawberry Shortcake

ontario strawberries, white chocolate cream

#510  restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010. 

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