For so long I've been wanting to go to Le Resto. The smokehouse in Chelsea is one of my favourite places to go buy food (do a search on this blog for Chelsea Smokehouse and you'll see so many yummy treats). So when the wonderful owners decided to open a restaurant, I knew it would be great.
It's a quaint little spot with nice big windows letting in all the sunshine. At the cash they have a small selection of smoked fish that's hard to pass up on your way out. And the menu is filled with lots of local goodies, some of which are also available at the smokehouse.
I started off ordering a glass of Château de Nages rosé – I have to make a mention of this because it was probably one of the best rosé's I've ever had.
I decided on the soup of the day to get things going, a delicious beet and apple soup with a swirl of crème fraîche – a generous portion that left me wondering if I could continue on. Trust me, I find ways to continue eating! Although I knew there was no way I would make it to the warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream that grabbed my attention when I overheard my server listing off the desserts to another table – damn.
For my main, I decided to go with the fish and chips. This is Le Resto's specialty. I don't normally order fish and chips because I always find it too greasy. In most places, it's so greasy that the batter is actually shining. You can imagine my delight when the dish arrived matt. A very light, golden and crispy batter that didn't overpower the cod. I found great pleasure in my serving of homemade tartar sauce, overly dousing every bite of both my fries and fish. The minted mushy peas were also very tasty and a great side.
Somehow I'm going to have to make this spot a regular. I'm thinking this winter after a long cross country ski, the restaurant will be calling my name. Apps range from $7 to $12 and mains from $10 to $20, very reasonable!
528 route 105