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splendido - thanks and impressions

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splendido - thanks and impressions

laura k | Jan 13, 2006 12:53 PM

I posted about a month ago, asking for the nicest place in Toronto for a very special anniversary celebration. My partner and I recently moved to the GTA from NYC. We just celebrated our 19th anniversary - but our first in Canada!

The consensus was Splendido, and we went last week.

It was positively brilliant. The room is gorgeous. The service was impeccable - generous, meticulous, utterly attentive, yet still friendly, not stuffy or aloof. On learning we were celebrating a special occasion - and that this was our first really fine meal in Toronto - the staff went out of their way to make it truly special.

We had the tasting menu with wine pairing. If a dinner like this is a special treat for you, as it is for me, I highly recommend going for this.

The food was sublime - creative and unusual without being tortured or contrived. The dishes were all so interesting, presented beautifully - and fabulous.

Most of the wine was good, too, although what was best about the wine was the perfect pairings, more than the wines themselves.

They brought us an extra course, off the menu - like we really needed more food! - with an extra wine. It was a consoumme with five different varieties of mushrooms, paired with a very dry sherry. It was incredible.

I will say from the moment we walked in, to the moment the staff whisked us into a cab (which they asked about and had waiting for us), it was a perfectly wonderful experience.

Thank you Toronto Chowhounders!

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