Although it wasn't as impressive as I remembered from Winterlicious two years ago, Boba provided an enjoyable experience on Monday night. We arrived at 9 pm, one hour late for our patio reservation, but the staff were gracious, didn't rush us at all, and even provided complimentary glasses of dessert wine to celebrate my parents' anniversary. They were out of ostrich, which was one of the only low points in the evening.
Mom started with the excellent Thai chicken noodle soup, full of flavour and spice. Dad enjoyed the white and green asparagus appetizer of the day - what a deliciously crisp salad! Both the asparagus dish and my lamb main course featured fresh fiddleheads, a delightful addition. I skipped the appetizer to save room for dessert. Dad ordered a glass of white wine from an interesting wine list but the rest of us survived on San Pellegrino water.
Although tender and delicious, my lamb main course could have been improved by eliminating the odd side spinach lasagne stuffed with goat cheese and gritty veggie filling. Every bite of that lasagne reminded me of why I hated fresh shellfish as a child - too much sand! For almost $40, this dish was definitely overpriced considering it didn't contain any exotic ingredients or cooking techniques. Just once, I'd like to eat at a fine restaurant that creates art with sauces and foam and ingredients I can't cook at home, instead of simply grilling the food to let the natural flavour speak for itself. I suppose my only option is Susur.
Mom ordered the appetizer seafood cakes for her main course, but wasn't overly impressed. Dad felt the same way about his halibut daily special. However, everyone devoured the dessert sampler plate ($12.95) which featured mini versions of all regular desserts, including excellent macadamia, creme fraiche, and vanilla ice creams, raspberry sorbet, chocolate orange creme brulee, Valhrona chocolate triangle, limoncello baba, lemon semifreddo, strawberry rhubarb pie, and various mini biscuits and cookies, including a potent ginger maple leaf. Nothing deconstructed or fancy, just good honest cooking and baking.
Boba is a wonderful spot to enjoy a covered patio, excellent service and naturally tasty, seasonal food. But until I fulfill my craving for exotic, artistically-prepared food, I won't be returning.
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