We were the first guests there. Sorrel is a small restaurant located below retail stores. It is inviting, cozy and friendly. In a nutshell: good food, great service and good atmosphere.
I had the Insalata Caprese to start - it was nothing special. I can make this in my kitchen in 6 minutes. My friend Charisse had the Chilled Beet Soup with Crème Fraiche which I thought was okay - it was nothing more than pureed beet. We also had bread brought to our table but it was stale and I wasn't impressed.
For my main I had the Seared Tilapia Filet which had tomato, olive relish, sautéed fennel and french beans. I wasn't expecting much from this dish but oh man, after one bite I was completely sold. There were two pieces to begin with - I thought I was only going to get one - and it was seared perfectly and had a lot of flavour. I really enjoyed this. Charisse had the Prosciutto Wrapped Cornish Hen was also very good she said. To pair with my meal I ordered a white 2010 Pinot Grigio which was refreshing and light, the perfect summer wine.
Dessert is my favourite part of a meal and Sorrel's Vanilla Bean Cream Brulee is probably the best cream brulee I have ever tasted. I savored every bite and honestly Charisse and I were ready to lick the little bowl and forget our table manners. It is that good. I decided if I want dessert and craving cream brulee I'll come back just for that.
Overall I had a really good time catching up with my friend Charisse at Sorrel. The service is great, the atmosphere is cozy and the food - appetizers could use more work - good. Like I said, I'll only come back for the cream brulee.
Summerlicious Menu Rating:
Atmosphere & Decor: 4/5 | Service: 5/5 | Food: 3.5/5
84 Yorkville Ave