Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:48 PM
Splendido, It's the only place I've never had a full blown meal at in Toronto so choosing it was a no brainer.
The place was quiet for our 5:30 seating and we were late (a a cab story for later) We were warmly greeted and seated in my favorite bar spot - at the end with a view of all that transpires.
My girl Leslie is the Chardonnay Expert of the house and I byob'd an 09 Kongsgaard from home and we had a 07 Girardin Chassagne Montrachet Le Cailleret from the list.
Amuse of Artichoke Puree and chick pea frite
British Columbia Hedgehog Mushroom Salad
Sunchoke Purée, Truffle Vinaigrette, Triple Crunch Mustard
Roasted Garlic & Parsley Agnolotti
Rapini, Charred Shishito Peppers & Almonds
Cured Ontario Rainbow Trout
Caramelized Cucumber, Caraway, Crème Fraiche & Dill Pickle
Organic Salmon, Ireland
Roasted Endive, Confit Kumquat, White Bean Purée & Juniper Berry
Albacore Tuna, Nova Scotia
Arancini, Cucumber, Razor Clams & Black Sesame Vinaigrette
The food started off well but tapered off - maybe suffering more from conception than execution. The amuse and mushroom salad were delicious, the Agnolotti sublime but the trout was a little lacking in seasoning and the lightly pickled cuke was barely that, much too light.
The Irish Salmon was very gamey and overpowered the sides (most times I've had Irish Salmon, it's usually had a light smoke) This dish just didn't work for me as the components tasted fine individually but not a cohesive dish. The tuna was good but very delicate in flavor and needing more help from the supporting cast. We also had some frites on the side with a Malt Vinegar that was excellent but the brussel sprouts were mush. My GF is pescetarian so we do seafood mostly but the meat dishes may be a different story so I welcome opinions.
She's also a little lactose and they steered her away from the Chocolate millefeuille and offered her something else (which basically a bowl of chocolate pieces) and something else that was good but forgettable.
Anyways, Service is impeccable, maybe the best we've had in Toronto and so is the space. It would warrant a return visit for some different entrees.
Photography is jazz for the eye. - William Claxton
Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:50 PM
I think you need to interpret what I'm saying in a reasonable way.
Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:13 PM