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Herbs - What a pleasant surprise!

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Herbs - What a pleasant surprise!

Charles | Aug 23, 2005 09:24 PM

I was planning to have a casual 'French bistro-style' dinner with my son yesterday. Since he is a foie gras fanactic, I narrowed down my choices to either Pastis or Fat Cat (both serve good seared version). Unfortunately, being a Monday, they were both closed. To keep a long story short, we ended up at Herbs at 9 pm. Since the restaurant was empty and the last time I had a meal there was over four years ago, we sat down at our table with apprehension and our fingers crossed!

After ordering our meal, the waiter brought us an 'amuse' of fresh fig, apricot and goat cheese wrapped in prosciutto. Fairly tasty but nothing special. (Still keeping our fingers crossed!). Well, our apprehension totally flew out of the window when we saw and tasted our 'Seared Quebec foie gras served on toasted brioche and cinnamon dusted caramalized orange' appertizer. First, the portion of the foie was unreal! Two huge overlapping slabs, each the size of a playing card and around 1 cm thick! They were cooked perfectly, crispy crust on the outside and runny moist on the inside. The foie gras tasted very fresh and the home-made marmalade syrup was an excellent accompliment. Very yummy!! For entree, I had the 'Roasted grouper and langoustine with root vegetables, sauteed rapini and chive oil'. Once again, the timing and cooking was excellent. Both seafood ingredients were cooked crisp on the outside and very moist and juicy on the inside. My son's entree was a rare 'Australian lamb sirloin with a truffled veal stock reduction'. The meat was cooked as ordered. But what really stands out was the truffled sauce. Dense, dark, intense and very delicious. Whilst debating whether we have room for dessert or not and if so, whether to opt for the de-constructed dark chocolate black forest gateau with marinated cherries, kirsch anf fresh cream or the lemon tart. Our waiter happened to walk by and suggested to us that its a no brainer and that we MUST try their 'Toronto-life' award lemon tart! True to his word, the tart with accompanying plum sorbet and mixed berries compote was very delicious and the presentation was very artistic.

All in all, a very enjoyable and pleasant experience worthy of re-visits. Total cost of meal with one glass of wine, $130, tax included.

Charles

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