Ceili Cottage (pronnounced kay-lee) is the newest venture (opened last week) by Starfish owner Patrick McMurray. While this had been on the radar, it wasn’t until the website had coughed up a menu that a dinner visit was decided upon. I was charmed by the oyster shells embedded in the concrete path leading to a bright red door framed by a gleaming white building. A rustic interior greeted us as we entered and we found our way to the back area where the bar was set. Drinks in hand, we settled into our stools and joined others at the black stone bar for a casual evening.
One downside to visiting so soon after they’d opened is that the service and kitchens are very very slow as the new staff is learning. So don’t go if you’re starving, in a rush, or don’t have time to kick back and enjoy the convivial atmosphere. A paper or magazine would not be amiss. Also, at 11pm the place gets packed, as outside patrons must vacate the patio and come inside due to a city by-law. Looking forward to future visits, as the menu lists quite a few interesting things. Of note, their daily special involves a roast that is cooked on Sunday and then the meat is then used throughout the week in various ways. I’d joked about returning for a week straight to catch the progression of dishes. At least, I think I was joking.
Overall, the combination of a relaxed vibe and satisfying food already shows much promise. The fact that it’s open late (and that their kitchens serve until close!) is a huge bonus. Once they work out the new-opening kinks this will definitely be a place to add to the go-to list.
- Ceili Cottage 1301 Queen Street East, Toronto
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