I’m trying to get this done while I’m still awake and remember what all we ordered tonight. We had all been talking about gong to Mercato (aka Emporio) for a few weeks now. Honestly, I didn’t think we’d make an appearance until the rooftop bar opened later in May. But we decided to hit it up tonight for some drinks and meatballs.
Yes, this is a meatball themed restaurant. Pick a ball (beef, spicy pork, veggie or chicken), pick a sauce, pick a serving option. We all decided on different things. I got a spicy pork meatball with the arribiatta sauce. So it was spicy and delicious and was truly memorable. I loved the sauce on this one, it was a great tomato sauce with a kick and I really like spicy food. My other choice was a chicken meatball with the mushroom gravy. It was good, but nothing to write home about (unlike the other ball).
Maura went with the beef meatballs for both with different sauces. On one she got the parmesan and on the other the pesto. She was nice and let me have a tiny bite of both so I could try the sauces. I have to say, both were amazing but I’ll give it to the parmesan on this one. I really enjoyed it.
Ok, I admit, I forget what type of ball Niki ordered, but I do remember the sauces she choose! She got the parm (like Maura) and also the tzatziki. I tried the tzatziki that she ordered and it was really good. I liked the cool cucumber sauce (that you’ve had if you’ve ever ordered a gyro) with the meatball. It was a nice complement.
And because this was on the menu and neither Niki nor Maura had ever experienced the joy that is poutine (is it just me or does that sound like a slightly dirty word) we ordered some. So if you haven’t had it yet, it is fries with gravy and cheese curds. And it is heaven on a plate. Artery clogging heaven on a plate. This was good poutine, not the best I’ve had in the city, but really good.
So my overall on this place was a serious thumbs up. I really can’t wait to go back and try the different combinations of meatballs and sauces as well as some of the other sides. I loved the atmosphere and I can’t wait for the top two levels to open up over the next two months. And again, go downtown for yet another great new addition for the after-work crowd!