Oliver and Bonacini restaurants in Toronto are exemplary in terms of excellent customer service, consistent meals and an overall agreeable dining experience. They’re located in all of the key spots of the city and are always busy. Although they may be viewed by some foodies as being “too corporate”, they should be an example for every hip and new restaurant that opens in Toronto as to the quality of food and service deemed acceptable.
Every time we find ourselves by the Bell Lightbox Theater (King West and Spadina), we pop in for a quick lunch at the O&B Canteen. Located on the ground floor of this Toronto landmark, the restaurant is always buzzing with excitement. The decor is simple and understated: light grey concrete floors, beautiful wood seating, simple white tables and low hanging light features. All of these elements create a very intimate dining experience in a vast room lined with floor to ceiling windows and a spotless open kitchen.
Before I talk about the food, I’ll mention the most amazing part of the O&B experience: the service. All servers are well versed in the menu and are able to answer ANY questions you may have. They can make small talk without making it sound too mechanical, make suggestions on menu items to try without selling you on the most expensive meal and are able to refill water glasses/clear plates without spending an extremely long time hovering near the table. The service is excellent and it definitely keeps us coming back!
The grub is as consistent as the service. The menu encompasses everything “lunch” from curries, to pizzas, stews, burgers and pasta dishes. All served with very well thought out sides and always perfectly seasoned. For every day of the week, O&B Canteen features a sandwich and soup special while Sunday dinners revolve around a delicious roast. Portion sizes are generous and prices hover around the $20 mark for a main and the $15 range for a sandwich. The restaurant also features a “grab and go” counter with sandwiches and pastries if you just don’t have the time to spoil yourself to a tasty lunch.
It’s a brainless decision, if you’re hungry and in the area, have a meal at the O&B Canteen. Expect great service, tasty food and as a bonus: they have a large patio for those hot summer days that are hopefully just around the corner!