I haven’t been to very many restaurants that offer a “unique dining experience” – O.Noir is off the table because quite frankly, I am afraid of the dark, and I have yet to try Rodeo Brazillian Steakhouse (. One restaurant that I had the privilege of going to recently that offers an experience unlike any other in Toronto is Signs Restaurant and Bar at Yonge Street and Wellesley Street West. Unlike 360 Restaurant or Guu Izakaya, there is no breathtaking view of the city nor lively sounds of the traditional Japanese pub. With not very many windows, Signs has a very laid-back and casual atmosphere with some simply elegant décor. The unique dining experience all comes down to the communication – all ordering and communication with your server is in American Sign Language.
The Spread — Black bean soup with an order or fries to start, beef ribs with vegetables and rice, the soba mango salad with salmon, and to finish off, the Nutella tiramisu.
There wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about this meal – everything was cooked beautifully and tasted great. I generally like the food at most places that I eat, but I have not had a meal quite this delicious in some time. The soup and the beef ribs were part of the special menu for the day, so unfortunately you may not be able to order them when you go. The soup had a lot of different flavours and with a bit of a growing spicy element to it, so if your tolerance in this department is low the bean soup is not for you. The beef ribs, which to be honest, I was expecting a giant rack of ribs instead of the Kalbi (Korean barbecued beef short ribs) that I received on my plate. Once I started to eat though, there was no amount of disappointment here. I definitely plan on going back until I have tried everything on their menu.
The Nutella tiramisu at Signs is by far the best piece of triamisu that you will ever eat. Everything is as it should be, moist and creamy in the middle and rich coffee flavour throughout; except there is a thick layer of Nutella right in the middle of the layers. After eating this slice of pure deliciousness, I could not even remember what a normal piece of tiramisu tastes like, nor did I want to ever it without Nutella ever again. If you order nothing else when you go to Signs Restaurant and Bar, make sure that you order dessert.
All food aside, I found communicating in a way that was unfamiliar to me to be quite interesting. It’s funny how we take the aspects of communication that are easy for us for granted. Signs makes it easy for its patrons to order their food and hold a basic conversation with their servers, providing illustrations and cheat sheets in the menu and on the table.
The look – An easy cotton button down from H&M, and a relaxed pair of black dress pants paired with my Kate Spade tote.