In terms of value and taste, the meal we had at Simple Bistro (619 Mount Pleasant Road) tonight must be ranked one of the best western meal this year! All these wonderful food amidst Chef Tamaru's day off! A reflection of the sous-chef and kitchen's high calibre! Not bad!!
Our party of five had the following appertizers:
- Potato gnocchi with truffle /chives cream sauce
- Artichoke heart stuffed with roasted quail eggs and prosciutto crisp
- Mushroom and chicken terrine
Plate presentation was very artistic and the taste, especially the sauce of the super light gnocchi was absolutely amazing! Bread was used all round to mop up every single drop of this sauce.
For mains, we ordered:
- Pan seared wild Pacific Halibut with a ratatoulle reduction.
- Pan seared Ontario spotted trout with a red wine jus reduction
- Roasted magret of Muscovy duck with a black currant sauce
- Roasted Ontario lamb saddle with pan jus.
Accompanying vegetables and potatoes were all perfectly seasoned and cooked. However, the highlight of all the dishes were the fantastic sauces which everyone of us swooned upon tasting! Only down side was the slightly overcooked Halibut! ( though the taste reminds me of a similar tasty sea bass dish I had at NYC's Michelin 2* Daniel sometime back ). This mishap was conveyed to the waiter who immediately apologize on behalf of the kitchen and offered us a complimentary dessert for this slippage! A very nice gesture!
For desserts we settled for the following:
- Fig clafoutis
- Caramelized pear cake
- Wine Poached Ontario peach
- Coconut and chocolate mousse
Again, there was no disappointment. with the stand out being the ultra fruity pear cake.
Service was very professional and friendly. May be other establishments with questionable service ( like One or Lee as mentioned on this board ) should learn from them?!
With consistently good eateries such as Lai Toh Heen, Celestin, Mogette, Zee Grill and now Simple Bistro all within a block of each other, Mount Pleasant is quickly becoming one of my favourite food destination.