A couple more pictures, self-indulgent text on my site, thisiswhyimfat.net (recommend skipping it and just reading this :) )
The tasting menu is not listed on the menu, which is a shame. At $65 (we only saw the price afterward), it's very good value and a lot of fun. The couple beside us was gazing longingly as dish after pretty dish appeared at our table - pretty funny, but also I felt bad for them. Put it on the menu!
- A starter of raw oysters was fine
- Charcuterie was more fun, with most of the meats prepared on-site.
- A tiny cup of gazpacho was bright and tomato-y
- Lobster roll was somewhat of a revelation. I had been considering trying a McDonald's lobster roll - they aren't usually available outside of the Maritimes - but this completely killed that curiosity. Briny lobster flavor dominated a very light creamy sauce. The toasted house-made milk bread was perfect, both on its own and paired with the lobster. I could have eaten a loaf of that. It was the dish of the night!
- Quinoa salad was about as good as a salad can be. Sweet corn kernels and nutty white beans were a perfect contrast to creamy hummus. House-made hickory sticks were a clever vegan substitute for bacon that worked really well. I might steal this with commercial sticks, but it probably won't be as good.
- Rabbit stew didn't do anything for me. It was too lean and 'composed' overall, I think. What's the point of a stew if it's all cooked separately?
- Seared tenderloin with roasted veggies kinda sealed the value proposition. It was perfectly cooked (and they didn't ask how we wanted it).
- Dessert was a bit too restrained for me. Rhubarb sorbet was packed with flavor but just a bit tart for me. Crumbled angel cake didn't add any richness either.
Service was pretty great. They lost track of the courses a bit, so the tenderloin was a bit of a surprise. But they explained each dish and we were well attended to (sigh, refolding napkins, is that a thing now? yuck).
1 Richmond St W