This was the fourth time we've had dinner at La Belle Auberge. Each time the service has been excellant, the food fantastic, and the experience memborable. I ofter wonder why it doesn't get mentioned on Chowhound. Maybe because it is not downtown, but it is well worth the drive.
Executive chef/owner Bruno Marti has received many awards in Canada and internationally. In 2005, he wast the coach of Culinary Team Canada and Candian judge at they World Culinary Masters in Basel, Switzerland with the team placing 1st in hot portion and 4th in cold table to finish 2nd overall. His restaurant has received a 4-star rating from Mobil-Exxon in 2000-2005.
We are going to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary in September and will be having our dinner here. Though it is going to be a group of 12-16 people, they are going to let us order off the regular menu so our guests can enjoy whatever they want.
Their menu is offered two ways: table d'hote (5 courses plus amuse bouche & sorbet before the entree for $77.50 - $15 extra for the foie gras starter) or a la carte for those who want to eat less. Currently they have bison loin, rack of lamb, sablefish, kangaroo filet, duckling breast, and butter poached lobster tail on the menu.
We started with amuse bouche of braised short rib. I know it is just suppose to be a taste, but we both wanted more! Tender, rich, sinnful! Bob had the house smoked tuna with baby greens and I started with winter greens/orange honey dressing. This is the second time Bob has had smoked tuna there and loved both. The sorbet was blueberry and honeydew melon that evening. Bob's entree was duckling breast with citrus fruits. Sablefish was on the menu, but they didn't have it. Since we were having a discussion with the chef about our fall dinner, I asked if he could fix me scallops and prawns which he said would not be a problem. We decided that the curry cream sauce listed for the sablefish would work very nicely with the scallops/prawns. It did and they were excellant; barely cooked shellfish with a very light sauce. Each entree is served with an assortment of fresh vegetables; this time we had shitakes, yellow beets, asparagus, tomatoes, polenta (me) and au gratin potatoes (Bob). We shared bites and enjoyed it all.
For dessert, we decided to share the Team Canada dessert (for 2) which had four different items on it. It was more than enough for two. I especially enjoyed the berry tart.
We were there on a Tuesday evening and for 3/4 of our meal, we were the only guests. Talk about a quiet romantic dinner! The couple that came in near the end of our meal were there to celebrate their anniversary, and as usual when we have been there, conversation was shared between the tables.
The reastaurant is in a restored historical house which is over 100 years old. A really elegant setting.
La Belle Auberge
4856 48th Avenue