This review is for take-out only (twice in the last month).
Our extended family, friends and ourselves had been regulars here for both take-out and sit-down service over the last five years but last year the food quality went way down and we all stopped going completely. Recently we heard things were back on track so we've returned and we're glad we did.
Service here has always been top notch, which is credit to at least three of the servers I recognize who have been there for many years and have apparently stuck with the place even when they had to serve food that was not up to snuff.
So the good news is that they must have done something in the kitchen to sort things out. Everything is back to the high quality we had come to expect here.
We often have the garden salad with grilled chicken and either balsamic vinaigrette or red wine vinaigrette (both very tasty). Salads are very fresh and large portions. Chicken is nicely seasoned and well cooked.
The bruschetta here is one of my favourites anywhere in the city - nice topping of crumbled feta over a generous helping of chopped tomato that is perfectly garlicky and oniony without being overpowering. The bread is baked just right for a bit of chew without hurting your jaw (though the cooks have to be careful not to burn it).
Most importantly, the Cavelier's bruschetta has a slight tangy taste (balsamic vinegar maybe?) that is totally addictive and not done anywhere else, to my knowledge. Balances out the sweetness of the tomatoes perfectly!
The chicken parmagiana with spaghetti and marinara sauce is another favourite - cheesy, meaty, saucy goodness that tastes like a favourite aunt made it at home.
We love the Cavelier for take out - just call the hotel's main number, ask for the kitchen, place your order and it's ready in 10-20 mins depending on what you ask for. They package it very well to keep hot things hot and cold things cold and have these neat cardboard containers for salad that seem to be biodegradeable and should be used by all takeouts! The staff are very attentive to the takeout orders, which make this place one of the few at which I will consider tipping for takeout.
Keep up the high standards for which you are known and we will keep coming back!