I had dinner reservations for Auberge on Friday, late seating (8:45 PM).
Dinner started with a wonderful complimentary amouse-bouche, caramelized onions with goat cheese and raisin. This is a classic amouse-bouche that was well executed, as I would expect for a restaurant like Auberge.
Two kinds of bread (white and brown) plus crostinis were served warm (a big plus for me) with a pureed spread (I can't remember for sure what it was, but I think it was eggplant - last time I went to Canoe they had the same spread for the bread).
I started with the Spinach and Endive Salad, nice but nothing special; the blue d'Ambert provided the necessary zing for the salad; in a single word, uneventful.
My partner had the chilled marinated tomato soup. Very nice in his opinion.
We both opted for the Veal Pavé Forestière (three 1/4 inch slices of veal cooked medium well) with haricot vert, wild mushrooms and pommes ecrassé. The main course was delivered exactly as described, no surprises there. I noticed that the dish had been poured with melted butter, which made everything taste delicious, but I could just imagine my veins getting clogged with the extra fat. Very tasty dish competently executed, but nothing spectacular to write about.
For dessert we both opted for the Rhubarb and Strawberry Shortcake with blueberries and lemon chantilly. The shortcake was not crumbly as it should; it had more the consistency of a bread. Other than that, everything else was perfect, the strawberries went really well with the light chantilly cream, enhanced by the stronger rhubarb flavour and a few blueberries.
Complimentary delicious silky dark chocolate truffles finished the meal.
Service was a bit too rushed (appetizer was brought immediately after the bread was put on the table - I only had the chance to get a slice of bread and not even spread anything on it yet, dessert was served less than a minute after the main course dishes were taken away), with a few minor slips (waitress forgot to bring drink ordered, when the main course arrived the waitress asked us if the meat was done to our liking - even though she didn't ask us at time of ordering how we wanted the meat done).
Dinner for two with tea, coffee, tax and tips was $110. In my opinion, if you really want to fully experience Auberge du Pommier, you should go there outside of Summerlicious.
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