The Good Son Restaurant

It is fair to say that my favorite street to dine on in Toronto is Queen. And not your typical downtown core of Queen St.  I love the strip of single lane, parking heavy, streetcar dodging road from Roncesvalles to Bathrust.  A thirty minute drive by car or a twenty minute hop on hop off transit ride. Within that span you can find anything your heart desires. South American at MATA, BBQ at Smoque N Bones, Tacos at Grand Electric, craft beer at Duggans, eclectic live music at the Cadillac Lounge, Hipster cool at The Gladstone, french sweets at Nadege, or deep fried goodness at Glory Hole donuts.

The Good Son

At a recent meet up of fellow Zomato virtuosos I discovered yet another gem in this favoured neighbourhood. The Good Son, from Chef Vittorio Colacitti is a throwback 1920’s speakeasy spread throughout an unthinkable amount of Parkdale real estate. Focusing on local, organic and seasonal ingredients the menu encourages guests to order multiple sharing-sized plates that run the gamut of cultures mirroring the vibe of the surrounding streets.  An open kitchen reveals a flaming wood fire oven that is guaranteed to bake up gorgeous disks of pizza while the brick walled bar and it’s drink Maestro, Moses McIntee easily serves up the freshest cocktail around.

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Once you can get past the vastness of the space and its stunning decor of leather quilted banquettes, alcoves of curiosities and walls adorned with portraits, photographs and with a flash to my childhood, dinner plates you are transported into a dining adventure of the highest proportion.  During my visit I was treated to a sample of the chefs tasting menu, an elaborate and lavish 8 course meal that as it unfolded competed with my adulation of the interior space.

The Good Son

After warming up from the winter chill with a Moses special Mulled wine cocktail and meeting my fellow diners Chef Vittorio held nothing back as he awed us with his talent.

A crispy potato wrapped jerk seasoned shrimp with a cool green mango salad.

The Good Son

My favorite dish of the evening a sumptuous pink snapper ceviche marinated in grapefruit, lime and cucumber serves with avocado and taro chips.  I could have easily eaten bowls of this. And bags of the chips.

The Good Son

Sweet potato soup with a thai curry base and garnished with lobster.  Huge succulent chunks of lobster that should garnish all my future dishes.

The Good Son

A perfectly cooked Digby Scallop seasoned with garam marsala. A crunchy sweet and sour jicama salad with Umeboshi and peanut held it’s own along the plump mullosk.

The Good Son

Dupuy lentils and anjou pear cradle a delicate sliver of fois gras that just melts on the tongue.

The Good Son

Highly addicting crispy, spicy Brussels Sprouts distract from the creamy pomme puree and fork tender prime rib but in an entirely delicious way.

The Good Son

In the first of two dessert course Pastry Chef Sat Sashtri delighted us with a simple poached pear in a Riesling Zabaione before completely over doing himself with a red velvet cake with chocolate mousse and torched meringue.  Incredibly decadent, over indulgent but a beautiful end to a stunning meal.

The Good Son

The Good Son

Everything about this restaurant exudes class.  From the beauteous decor, the enticing beverages and the provocative cuisine all details are carefully considered and presented in such a palatable manner that you feel like you are comfortable at home, or on a romantic date, or five star dining all in the same visit.  With a hand firmly on the pulse of the neighborhood The Good Son revels in its abilities and delights all their guests.

The Good Son
1096 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 1H9
416.551.0589
info@thegoodsontoronto.com
 
*Disclaimer: I was invited by the Zomato group to experience this dining pleasure free of charge.  All opinions, at which I have many, are entirely my own.
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