Just came back from a $95, five course tasting menu at Langdon Hall.
The verdict: I was extremely disappointed!
Food was OK with only one dish providing close to a 'Wow' experience. To echo fellow chowhounder 'Miranda''s remark, I too have been to over a dozen Relais and Chateaux establishments all over the world. Langdon Hall is the 'last' place on my list! In fact, food wise, it is no where close to any of the Michelin stars rated R & C establishments in France I have frequented!!
The meal detail is as follows:
- Amuse Bouche - Spotted prawn with house made aoili.
'Overcooked prawn, the normal sweetness overwhelmed by the mayo like aioli'.
- Poached Colville Bay Oysters, Late season Garlic, Soused Beets, Cured Foie Gras, Pickled Melon, Golden Beet Aioli, Thai Basil.
'Aioli again?! We only got 'one' oyster! Not the 's' as described on the menu! Overall, nothing special. Cured foie gras was way too salty though!'
- Digby Scallops smoked and Marinated. Braised Kyoto eggplant, Dry Sherry, Cucumber, Banana Shallot, GingerAigre-Doux..
'A nice dish with flavourful scallops and eggplant. Sauce was delicious. Thank God! I was getting worried!'
- Pickerel and Mustard Seed. Pork Hock,Celery Leaves,Celeric, Creme Fraiche.
'The fish was overcooked! A Relais & Chateaux like Maison Troigros will never do that!! Mustard sauce was very tasty! Almost enough to compensate for the cooking mishap! Question?!! - Why the pork hock?'
- Slow Roasted Venison. Bibb lettuce, Broccoli Flowers, Le Cru du Clocher, Burnt Onion Crumble, Simmered Tendons, Sweet Onion Jus.
'Finally, a dish worthy of my applause!! The venison, cooked rare, was sooooo tender and flavourful. The tendons was a nice touch. But the stand out was the sauce!! Wow!! Finally, a dish worthy of Michelin consideration!'
Dessert - Concord Grape Millefeuille. Vanilla Yogurt Mousse, Concord Grape Jelly, Grape Sorbet, Almond Daquoise, Champagne foam.
'Dessert tasted as good as it looks'.
Petite Four to round things off.
In conclusion, if Michelin decide to come and rate Ontario establishments. IMO, Langdon Hall will only get a 'border line' one star. In fact, comparing to some of the tasting menus I had in the past such as those from Susur, Scaramouche, Splendido, George, Truffles, Perigee, Canoe, N44...etc. Langdon Hall's version fell short when compare to the aforementioned group! Couple with the stingy portion, there is no point for any Torontonians to 'drive over an hour' for this over-priced, mingy and over-rated food!
May be a-la-carte dishes might fare better??!!
1 Langdon Drive, Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8, Canada
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