it was a bit of a surprise visit to globe on a cold toronto evening. i had heard alot of good things bout globe bistro the decor and the new chef who has worked at far niente.
so we entered and promptly assisted to our seat the hostess was polite and curteous. the menu was a nice looking menu indeed keeping it local and i couldnt wait to try the roasted bone marrow and foie gras,crisp sourdough and frozen grapes and my friend decided to with the twice cooked porkbelly and scallops.the also had porklion on the menu for main cousres which i found a bit strange!
so on deciding of the wine we had to wait a bit for our waiter to take our order and our wine selection which i found a bit strange as it was not that busy.so far not impressed with the sevice.the freshly baked bread was nice not sure bout the dip the provided it was said to be a roast pepper dip but it was a roast pepper hummous to me!
anyway we got our appetizers swiftly my foie gras and bone marrow was nicely presented but to my surprise the was no roasted foie gras and it clearly stated on the menu roasted bone marrow and foie gras, instead the foie gras came in a mousse that stuffed the bone and the marrow was nicely seared beside it.the menu didnt represent what i got which was a little dissapointing as i am a lover of foie gras.nevertheless foie gras is foie gras so i was instructed by the waiter to coat the sourdough croute with the foie gras mousse and toped with the roasted marrow.so a new comer to the globe i done as instructed.now for me the foie gras mousse lacked a bit of foie gras.it had more of a creamy texture and only a little foie gras, back to the drawing board chef!now for this dish wasnt exactly a safe money bet i liked the contrast of the frozen grape and the marrow but the foie gras mousse for me ruined the dish and i wasnt alone my company agreed. her pork belly was nicly cooked scallops were good nicely seared but lacked a bit of seasoning all round!over all the idea is there but just lacking those little touches that could make a dish ok to wow!
for the mains i had the caribou leg winter kale goats cheese souffle and cocoa sauce and my friend had the beef onglet potatoe hash and smoked veal tongue. i was quite excited when i seen foie gras and caribou on the same menu i was sold straight away. so after a little disappointment on my foie i had high hopes for my caribou it was cooked nicely and was tender and not some gamey,nice i thought,the saucier must had forgot the cocoa but it was a nice veal jus.my friend was happy with her beef onglet and really liked the smoked veal tongue.as i sampled it had a nice texture and didnt over power any of the dish job well done! but as for my goats cheese souffle it should have been described as a goats cheese cake or bead pudding even it was heavy and dull and didnt add anything to my nicely cooked caribou. so again wording of the menu and what i actually got were a little different but it was nice caribou.
at this stage the restaurant was filling up and the word was getting round bout globe bistro. the decor was nicely done.everybody seemed to be happy. i like the open kitchen the have there just a shame it wasnt facing the custumers!!
and to finish we had a selection of italian cheeses now why on earth would u have all italian cheeses when ur menu is based on canadian produce? havent discovered canadian cheeses? canadian cheeses are to be fair are up there with the french now im not canadian and i am not french but if u are supporting local guys like cookstown greens and local cheesemongers why not have canadian cheese?
anyway the cheese selection was nice and not sure bout the dried fig compote whats wrong with fresh?not a grape to be seen, but only sliced apple and pear!
to be totally honest i would go back but i would be cautious. price wise it was ok for wine and dinner it came to $150 service not included. all in all its new establishment and has a few things to be ironed out but i did enjoy the company and the atmosphere.