It’s been a busy week – work has been extremely exciting, we had our last Home Ec event of the year, Pimp that Preserve is winding to a close and we both had to write our final exam for School. Dana had plans last night and went to visit friends in the west end and I knew I’d either fall asleep on the couch and drool on myself or I’d have to go for a stroll.
I opted for the walk and ended up at Skin and Bones - the newest wine bar/ restaurant addition to Leslieville (east end of Toronto).
It’s tough to believe that it was only 8 years ago that we struggled to find a coffee, beer, wine or a bite on our little strip of the east end. The stretch is crawling with restaurants and coffee shops; Skin and Bones joins several relatively new establishment on the Eastern frontier of Leslieville; the last year or two have seen the arrival of Enoteca Ascari, Goods and Provisions, Glas Restaurant, Rashers and more.
Skin and Bones comes to life out the ashes of a giant carburetor warehouse in the east end. The space is very industrial – polished cement floors, steel beams cross the season and tall ceilings perch over the warm dining room which features lots of wood and subtle lighting. It’s a giant space that became pleasantly loud as the evening (and wine) progressed.
The wine list is impressive and offer tastings in 3 ounce, 6 ounce and full bottle form. If you ask the staff nicely I also learned that there’s a few off-list wines hidden in their fridge. I spoke to at least 3 of the plentiful staff who were very knowledgable about wine and passionate about their food. Six-ounce glasses ranged from around $10 to the mid-$20s (with most being between $13-$20).
The menu was on the small side (not a problem as all options sounded fantastic) and offered plenty of locally inspired and seasonal recipes (though it didn’t claim to be either). Although I kept my experience focussed on wines, the menu was tempting (as were many of the plates that passed me). The offering included braised beef cheeks, Nova Scotia Smelts, chicken ‘tails’, steak tartar, fois gras and more. Seasonal accompaniments included sunchokes, beets, pears, radishes and more.
The menu is broken into three sections (each becoming progressively larger): snacks, apps and mains. The flexible sizing is fantastic – you could easily eat an entire meal or have a few small bites to accompany a glass or two os something tasty.
It’s also nice to note that there’s a decent beer list including some good craft beer options. It’s not an exhaustive list but certainly enough to accommodate the non-wine drinkers at your table.
All-in-all, it was a lovely night and a great way to pass a few hours after a busy week!
You can find Skin and Bones at 980 Queen Street East.