Restaurants & Bars 9

Canoe - A Hit & A Miss

kawarthagirl | Dec 28, 2006 02:17 PM

Well, with the Christmas money that I received from my mother in law, I decided to take the hubby and myself over to Canoe for lunch.

When we left, we let out a collective `Harumph`... It really didn't blow us away. Sure, it's a nice scene, amazing view, friendly service (without being familiar). The food, however, was the main event and it see-sawed between excellent and yawn. The foie gras app? WONDERFUL! Shrimp cocktail? LOVELY! The calf's liver main? dry.... The scallop main? Boring. The corn chowder base was bland and there was a dollop of what tasted awfully like cocktail sauce on them... I know it wasn't, but let's just call it 'Memories of Cocktail Sauce'.

Wine selection made by our server? She poured my husband's glass of $20 Spanish somethingorother (I forgot to write it down) without letting him taste. Which is entirely forgiveable for the average place, but when you are paying almost $200 for lunch, I just expect things to be done one step better. Maybe I am expecting too much.

The bouquet on the nose was amazing but the resulting taste was watery... Not something he would have chosen. She let me taste before giving my wine the full pour (different wine) and that was great... It turned out to be a good choice with the scallops...

We advised her that we weren't in a hurry - i.e. not on a corporate lunch schedule, so there was no need to speed us through it all. At her suggestion, she said she would allow a little time between courses. Unfortunately, that screwed up the kitchen somewhere as we ended up waiting almost 40 minutes for the mains.... Which, nice view aside, is a bit much... I regretted mentioning that we weren't in a hurry. We should have just left it alone and then taken our time eating. Live and learn.

So we skipped dessert and called it a lunch.

It wasn't bad. It wasn't great. Based on what I had read on this board, I had hoped for a little more. I think, for the money, I'll stick to my old fave, the Studio Cafe!

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