On this evening I walked over to the restaurant with Nick and his sister AL on what turned out to be a very cold night. We were a bit early for our reservation but the host sat us straight away. I was first struck by how much smaller the restaurant was then I imagined. I thought it would be bigger given this size of the new W Hotel, but it ultimately made for a much more intimate experience. The decor is very modern contemporary with clean lines, however, there is some warmth to the atmosphere, which I liked.
We were greeted by our server who also brought a tin of multi-grain and white bread for a little pre-meal snack.
I was surprised at the length of the beer list on the menu. For some reason on this night I was not really in the mood for wine, so I was excited to try something new. I went with the Bear Republic.
For my first course, I ordered the butternut squash soup, with mushrooms and a variety of herbs.
Nick ordered the tuna tartare with avacado, spicy radish and ginger dressing.
For the main course, Nick and I both ordered the soy glazed short ribs with an apple-jalapeno puree and rosemary crumbs.
AL got the Parmesan crusted organic chicken with salsify and lemon-basil butter.
It being restaurant week and all, desserts were in order. Nick got the creme fraiche cheesecake with a sour cherry sorbet.
AL got the chocolate cake dessert, which was delicious.
Finally, we all had a nice little cappuccino to end the evening.
It was really frothy and warm, perfect to warm us up before heading back out into the cold.
Overall, I enjoyed Market. I would like to go back and order off their standard menu, but it was fun to try without have to break the bank. We went on a Monday night and I was actually surprised at how busy it was with groups NOT ordering off the restaurant week menu, given that it was such an odd night. I think their restaurant week menu gave a taste of what they would normally offer: fish, chicken and beef main course offerings, innovative desserts, and a variety of first course options that were fun and delicious.