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Scaramouche = solid

grandgourmand | | Jun 12, 2008 05:29 AM

Having heard that Caplansky's had sold out of smoked meat, I decided to head to Scaramouche instead. I know many of this board have been to this restaurant (many times), but it was a first for me. Overall, an excellent experience. Great flavours, nice presentation, solid execution, and great service. It was the first high end restaurant in Toronto that I've been too (on my own account as opposed to expense account) where I didn't feel ripped off. I recall a previous post asking about portion size at Scaramouche. Well, it ain't exactly Denny's, but nor does it charge $20+ for a puny appetizer and hope that some "foam" satisfies. I also appreciate the straightforward offerings, where I was seriously challenged by the enticing choices that didn't include any "a play on" selections. "Food as entertainment" isn't my thing.

Anyhow, for the courses. My wife had the foie gras appetizer. Excellent. I had the smoked salmon and smoked whitefish. Very good. Smoked salmon was a little less than expected. I've had some great local stuff lately (i.e. Viking Deli on Laird) and this one was not as excellent, but still good. She had fried perch and pickerely as a main, the highlight being some very tasty wild asparagus. I had the veal rib eye, a little overdone, but accompanied by some delectable polenta and a mushroom sauce.

For dessert, I've heard a lot about the coconut cream pie on this board. I'm not a coconut person and thought this one could be some sort of epiphany that made me really love coconut. It didn't, but if you're into coconut, I can see this one being top notch. My wife's dessert was amazing. Some wonderful in-season strawberries (ruby red on the inside) strewn about with a few layers of meringue and a lemon cream. Delicious.

Bottom line, for a special occasion, this is a great place.

By the way, my wife overheard the waiter telling some other patrons that staying at the current location is more expensive than moving.