As I mentioned in my post on Sonya’s restaurant, I’ve been involved in a stage production of the Vicar of Dibley. The performances were held at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church as part of their Arts Festival. With the final week of rehearsal and performance taking place there, I paid several visits to Osborne Village restaurants. The first of these that I’m writing about is The Cornerstone Bar & Restaurant.
Cornerstone occupies the space that was long occupied by the iconic Papa George’s restaurant, which lay vacant for quite awhile after the owner of Papa George’s went into retirement. Cornerstone is a brighter and more open space than Papa George’s was, but lacks some of the intimacy and privacy that the former restaurant had.
Appetizers for dinner at Cornerstone
I first went into Cornerstone on an evening when I was cutting it close for getting a meal and making rehearsal on time. So, I decided to order a selection of appetizers to make up my meal. I had the Soup of the Day, the Mixed Green Salad, and the Steak Bites. I was pleased that my choices came quickly
The Mixed Green Salad was my favourite of the three. I appreciated the addition of fennel to give the salad some extra crunch and that there were plenty of grape tomatoes that had been cut it half so I could enjoy them in several forkfuls. The soup, a Black Bean, was a good, savoury addition to my meal. The Steak Bites, however, were a bit of a disappointment. While the flavour was quite good, they had a certain soggy and mushy quality to them. It tasted as if they had been thawed quickly but the excess liquid not removed.
When I returned for my next visit, I decided to give one of the mains a try. I ordered the Chicken & Dumplings. The chicken in this case is a half cornish game hen. The chicken was flavourful. I really enjoyed the gnocchi, but did feel a little shorted on the protein with only the half hen.
This time around I ordered an iced Americano. As I was rehearsing, I didn’t want a beer as it might make me a little sleepy. Unfortunately, Cornerstone serves a very limited selection of non-alcoholic beverages. However, that was my choice. Also, kudos to my server who did her best to present me with whatever options were available. The service on the whole was very good. The staff were friendly, attentive, and quick.