We went to Peter Pan Bistro on a whim since we had some time to kill before a show. I should mention that I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Peter Pan Bistro or at least since I was a kid shopping with my mom on West Queen West. It is undeniably one of the last fixtures of this neighbourhood. A neighbourhood that is sadly fast resembling an outdoor extension of The Eaton Center. It is hard to pass by it and not turn to take a peak inside. The long marble bar, oak floors and tin ceiling are original to the building and are over a hundred years old. The Art Deco booths and light fixtures were added in 1936 when it was taken over by the Woo family who also changed its name from "The Savoy".
We were given some warm cheesy focaccia bread to start which was nice and unexpected.
My dining companion ordered the Tiramisu for dessert (I tried to warn him that they are seldom good in restaurants). My choice of dessert was simple, I saw a creme brulee so I ordered a creme brulee. The Tiramisu was best described as being flat. It was dry and I could not detect even the merest hint of booze within it. Traditionally it is made with Marsala wine but in a pinch most any fortified wine or liqueur will work too. It reminded me of every single bad store bought or restaurant ordered Tiramisu I have ever had in my life. But the creme brulee....
Peter Pan bistro seems like a good reliable place to take family for a weekend lunch. The service is friendly and attentive and the atmosphere in this historic restaurant and building is truly unique. The art deco booths are stunning and I think at night with candles lit this place would also be good for a romantic dinner.
I give Peter Pan Bistro 3 out of 4 Taros.