Oct 17: Atomica ★★★★
The hip offspring of Le Chien Noir is a dark, ultramodern hub with florescent blue bar lights that are too foolish for haute-cuisine. It is hard to find Atomica a place in Kingston’s scene, jutted between pizza-connoisseur Woodenheads and posh-Olivea. But it is still bustling with patrons. In fact, the pastas might be the best in the city. The fettuccini special (printed on non-descript matte half-paper, as is the tradition one restaurant over at Le Chien Noir) was deeply satisfying. Locally sourced sausage are haphazardly cut into varying sizes and contribute different doses of flavour. The al-dente fettuccini soaks up the light pesto dressing and present with unyielding fervor along with the salsa. The raspberry sorbet was excellent but failed to find its match in the flourless chocolate cake that was neither flourless nor chocolaty. Overall, Atomica makes a veritable challenge for staple-status in Kingston, and almost reaches it.
$18 Fettuccini pasta special (pesto salsa, sausage)
$8 Flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sorbet