I'm a fan of Ferro, it being my childhood eatery and all, so of course it's about time I got around to reviewing another one of the founders' ventures. Although their brand new fish restaurant Catch just opened, I'm opting for one of their more vintage locales: The Rushton on St. Clair Avenue West.
The Rushton describes itself as "fringe inspired bistro cuisine" - and I have to agree. I absolutely adore their french onion soup and salmon dishes, and the bar is nice as well. What's more, the quality and generous portion sizes guarantee a good value is to be had, whether you head over for lunch or dinner.
However, I'm not a huge fan of the decor. The dark wood, black tables, and harsh stone ensure it's not one of the prettiest restaurants in the city, but despite the unsavoury design, the atmosphere inside the Rushton is surprisingly great. It's comfortable and simple, and a great place to eat with friends or alone. Typically, dining alone sets people ill at ease, but I find that at the Rushton it's actually nice. The young, energetic staff also contribute to the chilled out vibe, so that at the end of the day, everything comes together to make a pretty great restaurant.