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Chicken, Dinner, Fish, Italian, Seafood, Toronto

Cafe Cinquecento


791 King St W., Toronto


Went here for a friend’s birthday, one who is a trusted foodie with great taste, and she was right.

I loved the atmosphere and the service and the story behind Cafe Cinquecento.

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Cafe Cinquecento

The menu left me absolutely TORN…there were many routes I wanted to go: there was pizza, pasta, the specials…and then….I saw BRICK PRESSED CORNISH HEN.

Our server explained it to me as follows: they cook the hen with a brick placed on top (exactly how you imagine) so that it cooks both sides crisply and keeps all the moistness within (like so).

I was convinced.

And pleasantly surprised.

Gallo al Mattone: Brick-pressed Cornish hen $19

Everyone else’s meals looked wonderfully put together as well, and although it all took a while to arrive, to be fair there were 20 orders made!  In the meantime we enjoyed rounds of bread, bowls of mussels and anitpasto plates.  Yum.  There was a spicy salami on there that was very memorable.

Antipasto Grande: Cured Italian meats, grilled vegetables, grilled seafood and spiced olives $18

Calamari con Salsa di pepperoni: Grilled calamari with roasted red pepper sauce on a bed of arugula $13

Salmone al Ferri: Grilled salmon fillet with a side of orzo $17

Costoletta de Vitello: Veal chop grilled with fresh herbs $18

The only dish that didn’t stand out was one of the specials: The tilapia on a bed of risotto with sausage.  Which, at least, four of us agreed, was bland and the sausage tasted like Oscar Myer weiners. 

Tilapia risotto special

But, the wine was flowing and it was simply a lovely evening of celebration.   There also suddenly appeared a lovely vase of red roses for the centre of the table!

Roses for the birthday girl!

And, I’m still astounded that the birthday girl picked up the whole tab!!

TV, the next one’s on me!

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2 thoughts on “Cafe Cinquecento

  1. That place look so cool…I adore it and the food looks so yummy:)
    Kisses darling

    Posted by Diana | June 14, 2010, 17:31
  2. how was the lasagna?

    Posted by bardolator23 | June 14, 2010, 11:35

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