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Flor de Sal - bistro food/fine dining prices

dubchild | Feb 21, 201504:44 PM

I never tried the Corner House when it was around. My understanding is that much work was put into this space and the result is a good looking and cosy restaurant. Service was attentive and made recommendations when requested. My wife wanted something light to start so she ordered the arugula salad, I had the grilled sardines. The salad was basic and so was the plating. My grilled sardines were on top of Portuguese corn bread and topped with a salsa. The sardines were cooked dry and the bread was, because of the crust, difficult to cut with a knife and fork. I had the eat the bread separately with my hand. The bread was the same which came in the bread basket. The salsa was nice but there wasn't enough to save an otherwise dry dish. This dish would have greatly benefited from some oil and lemon juice.

My wife had the cantaro fish as a main. The fish was moist and flavourful. My main was the duck breast with duck confit. The breast was cooked past med rare but had good flavour and retained some heat despite being sliced. The vegetables on the dish were perfectly timed. The salsify was especially delightful, almost creamy but still al dente. The duck confit was shredded and mixed into the vegetable but had little flavour or richness since it didn't have any skin. The sauce was a berry gastrique and there was about a half cup of it. More than half of it was left on the plate when I was done. Plating was dead basic. The overall execution of this dish I would put on par with a good bistro, like Simple bistro back in the day. My complaint with this dish is that it was $48. At this price I expect something to justify the price like it was a labour intensive dish, the cost of the ingredients, or it was just so expertly executed that it was the best duck dish of my life. Scaramouche just down the street has a similar partridge dish at $46 but that at least includes foie gras. In a fine dining setting I would love to see something like souffle potatoes, an actual jus made from the bones of the animal being served, or a ballantine. In other words something more than what I do when I get home from work which is sear meat and cook up vegetables.

We shared three desserts. The custard tarts are 4 minis, which would be nice for a table looking for something small. But I've had much better tarts. The salted chocolate torte was excellent, like a slab of chocolate fudge. The bolo de bolacha was ok.

We had a recommended bottle of wine at $90 and one dbl espresso and the bill before tip was $287. At this price the cooking is almost lazy. My app was poorly composed and executed. My main was fine but lacked any inventiveness or real effort. I believe there is talent in that kitchen but they really have to step up their game if they want to become a destination.

Corner House Restaurant,
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