After years of mediocre dining, a legitimately good restaurant—and not merely good for Liberty Village—has opened up. But for some reason, 25 Liberty isn't drawing crowds. Mains hover around $30, but when they arrive, artfully arranged on long, rectangular plates, they're well worth the cost. A beautifully cooked venison strip loin with tart lingonberry cumberland sauce and golden-brown butternut squash gnocchi holds its own against any of the trendier bistros along Dundas West or Ossington; even the roasted vegetables in the middle of the plate seem to have received uncommon TLC. And an appetizer of three plump sautéed shrimp, arranged in a neat tower over coins of spicy, smoky chorizo, rivals the tapas at the various Spanish restaurants that have appeared of late, thanks to an intensely fragrant saffron-white wine sauce. Even the cocktails show some elegance and flair: the Cherry Blossom, with rye, cherry liqueur and orange curaçao, is like a mellower Sazerac. Perhaps it's the vibe that's holding 25 Liberty back: the airy, candlelit room is pleasant, but a little generic.
"After a long day at work my fiancé and I shared the Cornish hen dish and gnocchi dish and both were absolutely amazing! Our waitress also recommended a lovely Malbec that was perfect and they made an off-the-menu Caesar that was also quite refreshing. This visit was a 9/10"
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