Okay, really stupid name for a restaurant, granted. This place, G informs me, shut down in 2001, a victim of 9/11. Our waitress (also a marathoner), Lois, informs us it reopened about 6 months ago. Good news for us I believe. Though the room is small, and frankly, uninspiring (save the very good works of art hung about the room), the food is excellent.
Our Winterlicious meal consisted of:
- an amuse bouche of a rabbit dumpling which was great except the dumpling wrapper was a little too dry;
- Warm Goat Cheese Salad with roasted Pear and caramelized onions;
- Chef Peter’s excellent asparagus soup;
- Novizio Olive oil poached Wild Alaskan Salmon, Wild Rice and Corn Cake with Tangerine Beurre Blanc (Blee had this); our waitress informs us the restaurant prepares salmon medium-rare yet it arrives medium-well;
- Lamb Shank Cassoulet, White bean ragout with Merguez, Smoked bacon and Duck Confit (G had this); the cassoulet was excellent! and what was with that mysterious wiener in the cassoulet???;
- Butternut Squash Risotto with Stilton Nuggets and Crisp Leek and Caramelized Onions (I had this); and,
- Lindt Chocolate Cone with Opaline Tuile and Pistachio Anglaise.
1) lamb shank; 2) salmon; 3) chocolate pyramid
… and a bottle of excellent, Mission Hill Five Vineyards Merlot (BC 2003). A note on this, unattainable in Ontario (ruddy LCBO!). In BC liquor stores this fabulous sipper costs $14.99; last night we paid $52.00. Oy!
Nods to my parents who travelled from London to join us for dinner but had to leave early wah wah wah …. granted, we did get to have the Ikea $1 breakfast together hehe .. now that’s going from the silly to the sublime in one day for sure.
Also last night, we had run-ins with a couple of famous folks. The King Eddy was hosting the pre-party for the 3rd Annual Canadian SongWriters Hall of Fame Awards (which are actually on tonight) and we had close encounters with the legendary Gordon Lightfoot and the not-so-legendary Kalen Porter. Kalen was being ascosted by a gaggle of Chinese ladies by the coat check. G happened upon this and found himself recruited to the role of family photographer (with cell phone?!). And wasn’t that ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli trapped in their little press booth?
hey, thanks for your comment on my food entry. The dishes above look awesome too!
Food looks very good…