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It has been a few years since I last ate at Canoe.
Today, my wife and I met up with a long-lost cousin of mine at this Toronto stalwart for lunch. To welcome this, way overdue, re-union of 40+ years, even the weather was accommodating and held off the rain, allowing us to stroll to the restaurant from the subway station ( I deliberately avoid the notorious downtown traffic and parking by not driving )
I was extremely happy to find out that the restaurant had listened to my request and assigned the 'second best table' in the house to our party. The amazing bird's-eye, lake and skyline view, coupled with our table's location next to the open kitchen, heightened our luncheon enjoyment tremendously! ( BTW, I noticed so much has changed to our Toronto skyline during these few short years. The number of new condos were amazing! )
Our meal, chosen from a 'Canadian' themed menu, was of high quality, incorporating some interesting local and Canadian ingredients. Food was lovingly prepared and presented. Both fish and meat protein were expertly cooked. My wife and cousin both raved about that piece of perfectly executed BC Halibut! Crispy on the outside and so moist and juicy inside!
Service, with lots of attentive, smiling staff roaming around was extremely friendly and professional. Our server 'Juan Carlo' in particular, chipping in some timely humor through out our meal and offering me a firm and friendly ' Au-revoir ' handshake was a nice touch!
Our meal came to $220 for three, all inclusive ( beverages included a glass of Cave Spring Riesling and two pots of Earl Grey Tea ). Reasonable for a fine dining establishment.
Overall a great meal with great company, good food and super-gorgeous view!