Restaurants & Bars

Cfood Winterlicious Review

KevinB | Jan 30, 200807:25 PM

My wife, two daughters (11 and 14), and I enjoyed the Winterlicious dinner at Cfood (Yonge St., 2 1/2 blocks north of Eglinton) a few days ago. We basically enjoyed it - here are some details.

First, it's a very small restaurant - it only seats 32 max, so you may need to call ahead, and be flexible as to dates and times. They have three seatings: 6 pm, 7:30 pm, and 9 pm. We had a 9 pm reservation but arrived early, and were seated almost immediately. In fact, by 9, we already had drinks and had ordered; appetizers arrived just a few minutes later.

The Winterlicious menu was $25 for appetizer, main, and dessert. This is not a huge discount from their regular menu, which is the same choices for $30; they also have a second three course menu for $38 that offers slightly higher choices. Three of us chose the Winterlicious menu, but younger daughter opted for the lobster special ($45).

My wife chose the lobster bisque and paella. Older daughter chose the mini fish tacos, and grilled salmon. I took the mini fish and chips, and the shrimp linguine. Younger daughter chose the popcorn shrimp as her appetizer to go with her lobster. You also get to choose one side to accompany your main (except me - not with pastas). My wife took the root chips, older D took edamame, and younger D took frites. I also ordered a "shot" of french onion soup.

Prior to the apps arriving, our waiter brought out a tray of three dipping sauces - a salsa, a jalapeno aioli, and a tartar sauce. When the apps arrived, we were all amused that the popcorn shrimp came in a large martini glass, on a bed of - popcorn. The mini fish tacos were monkfish, which older D pronounced very tasty. The bisque was fine, and although the fish and chips by themselves were a bit bland, the chips with the aioli (which was quite sharp), and the fish with the very tasty tartar sauce were quite good. The shot glass of soup was actually very good on a very chilly night.

As for mains, my linguine was tasty, but nothing special. The lobster was a basic boiled presentation, thoughtfully cut up for easier access. My wife felt that the paella our nanny makes is better, but I noticed she finished almost all of hers. Older D enjoyed every bit of her salmon.

For dessert, three of us chose banana bread pudding, and younger D opted for the chocolate mousse cake. Older D and I really enjoyed it (served with vanilla ice cream on the side); wifey was not so impressed. Younger D prefers sweeter flavours; her cake was very much a dark chocolate, so she wasn't thrilled.

The damage was $180 with tax and tip (no booze; just soft drinks and coffee). Overall, we enjoyed the experience, and would like to go back after the festival to see what types of fresh fish they have available. Service was cheerful, and reasonably attentive.

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