Cabal may be one of the most unique places in all of Toronto for having a meal or enjoying some drinks. While Cabal is definitely a restaurant, it’s also half club too. This is a great place to visit if you’re hungry but also want to spend the night cutting a rug with your friends.
Inside, the space is dark, but very swank. Outside, it’s equally nondescript, so just look for the patio. However, just because you can find DJ music and a dance floor at Cabal, that doesn’t mean you can’t also order things like sazerac, rouge chicken and dug egg as well.
My friend and i decided to grab dinner there last Saturday before a Secret Society/friend's birthday event and the food was amazing. So was the staff! And i love that they carry St. Germain. The music and atmosphere was phenomenal. It was one of the best nights i've had in a really long time.
Showed up for our reservation and they were having a private party.
They agreed to seat us for 45 min and then made the experience so uncomfortable that we decided to leave as they had no interest in serving us.
Eating at Cabal was a pleasant experience, although I don't feel as though the $35 per person seat was worth the food we received.
For openers we got the soba and salmon tartar, which were pleasant, but not spectacular. The tartar had a very fresh taste, but the soba was not particularly amazing. The meatballs, which I feel were the highlight of the dish, were missing some key seasoning that I couldn't put my finger on.
For entrees, we had the hake and ribs. The ribs were delicious, although again the taste was not unique. The Hake tasted again very fresh, but the flavours were no revelation.
Dessert was the most polarizing. Fruit salad tasted like something I could make but the mousse was great. Overall the food was hit or miss.
The food is always excellent - go for the soba with beef balls, beef short ribs and panna cotta!
I went with my boyfriend for summerlicious. The place advertises itself as a gathering for art lovers, so the tacky, hideous art was surprising. The app and main course were good (salmon tar tar, hake), but the dessert was not (panna cotta). The server was unfriendly. The drinks were crazy overpriced. The overall feeling was that we got gouged.
Went for the Summerlicious dinner menu and was disappointed. Portion size are small tapas - there was not enough food for dinner (and I don't have an overlarge appetite). Had the vegetarian main (Kong Go Gi) and it was bad. The visual was like a cheap processed burger, the taste was bland but the texture was the worst (sludge). Ended up skipping the dessert because we were so underwhelmed. Would not recommend or go back.
Made a reservation for Summerlicious 2014 - the 3-course pre-fixe for $35 was a great value. The salmon tartare with Yuzu was fresh and crisp, the braised ribs were mouthwatering and the panna cotta was beautifully balanced with a Yuzu salsa. The waitress was very knowledgeable and the drink availability was pleasantly suprising (I had a local Torono cider). Will return for sure!
I was 45 minutes late for my summerlicious reservation because of downtown traffic and the hostess was very accommodating. She assured us it was not a problem when my friend (who was on time) went in and asked if we could push our reso a bit later, and the service throughout our entire dinner was wonderful.
I made this choice for a group of friends and my date, they were all impressed and loved the design of the venue.
Music was non-existent at some point, it was not busy for a saturday night, I would imagine people are still unfamiliar with the name.
One thing I was confused about was the restaurant design and the menu, a once french gastro restaurant is now asian fusion, the decor is different and threw me off.
Service was great, it was a nice intimate venue and we enjoyed our time there!
Food was amazing, our favourites were the salmon tar tar and the short ribs.
Food was just okay. Vegetarian main was gross. Cocktails were great. Service was great.