Auberge du Pommier
4150 Yonge Street
Upon our arrival, we were warmly greeted by the host, who took our coats. We were a few minutes early and our table was not ready yet, so we proceeded to the bar, where after a short wait we were taken to our table.
Our jovial and always smilling waiter took our drink orders and then came back with a small basket with two kinds of bread, a light white bread and a dark walnut and raisin bread. They were served warm (a big plus for me) with a wonderful light artichoke spread.
The complimentary amouse bouche was a decadent caramelized onion tartlet. The melt-in-your-mouth pastry was filled with delicious caramelized onion and crowned with a mild salty flavor fresh goat cheese and a sweet raisin. It was very good; I've had better ones, but as I said, it was very good.
My SO started the meal with the "Purée of Squash & Sweet Potato". The otherwise common puree of squash was transformed by the sweet potato, resulting in a delicate sweet soup, complemented by the juniper and maple scented creme chantilly.
I ordered the "Salade dHiver", with chicorée and spinach salad tossed with toasted hazel nuts, crumbled fresh goat cheese and light lemon dressing. The crumbled chèvre added some body to the dish, which otherwise would had been a wonderful summer salad.
The entire table ordered the "Herb Roasted Veal Loin", so I won't be able to comment on the other entrees. It was beautifully presented, with the veal resting atop the butter braised savoy cabbage, and the creamy pommes puree. The veal was flavorful, although a bit tough. The mashed potatoes were fabulous, with a nice silky texture. The crunchy sweet potato crowning the dish was yummy.
I had the "Spiced Cacao Bavarois" for dessert, a spiced cocoa mousse on flourless chocolate cake with sauce anglaise and currant reduction. I was expecting this to be a chocolate dessert; the strongly spiced mousse had too much nutmeg in my personal opinion.
My SO ordered the "Tarte au Citron", lemon tart topped with sage meringue served with cranberry compote and lemon honey. In my opinion, it was the best between the two desserts offered. Having said that, I have to admit that I enjoyed the orange tartlet served at Celestin more, compared to Auberge's. The symphony of flavors worked in favour of Celestin's tartlet.
With the bill we received a small plate with cute tiny chocolate loaves topped with butter cream.
Service was flawless throughout the entire evening. Very pleasant and non-obtrusive. Complementary underground parking. Highly recommended dining experience.
Bread basked: http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e31...
Amouse bouche: http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e31...
Purée of Squash & Sweet Potato: http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e31...
Salade dHiver: http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e31...
Herb Roasted Veal Loin: http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e31...
Tarte au Citron: http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e31...
Spiced Cacao Bavarois: http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e31...
Sorry for the poor image quality of the pictures above, but that is the best I was able to do without using the camera flash under the "romantic" lighting conditions at the Auberge du Pommier dining room.
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