I love you guys, and want to thank everyone for the great suggestions.
We followed peppermint pate's lead and chose JOV
8:00 reservation, and the place was mostly empty.
The meal presented was perfect!!!!
I had the 4 course tasting menu.
First an amuse bouche fish gateau (fluke) on heirloom tomato with chive butter sauce.
The sauce was at the bottom , so the dish was light, and very good
Seared Foi Gras on butternut squash with a light blackpepper honey sauce. Perfect!!
I begrudgingly shared this gem
Magret of duck, natural jus gentle red wine infused sauce on pureed squash, potato rosti with barely cooked brussel sprout petals, braised pearl onions and oyster mushrooms. Beautiful presentation.
The duck slices were very generous, and perfectly cooked. Very tender.
Banana clafouti, with ginger cinnamon ice cream.
The three of us shared this because we were so full.
My hub, and cousin had fish mains, and both said they were perfect.
Now, maybe everything was so delicious because it was a quiet evening,full attention was paid to our orders.
This chef has the sense to let the food speak for itself instead of overwhelming everything with heavy sauces, and inappropriate spices.
Also, I would like to add a pet peeve. So many times I hear people say that the food standard in TO is not up to par, with other International cities.I totally disagree.
I am a senior citizen workaholic who spends many months a year travelling overseas for business.
I can tell you that restaurants like Chiado, George, etc. and now my one meal at Jov (can't truly judge from one meal)
are better than the 3 - 2 - 1 star restaurants I ate at last month in France and Belgium.
If they mean "button mushrooms served in a chocolate froth", then I agree, and this disgusting dish was part of the tasting menu of a very young acclaimed 2 star chef in France.
Even so, if you want this kind of innovation, you can always go to Susur.
I say Toronto has a cornocopia of great dining!!