Although there are other reviews (quite a few from special promotional events such as Winter/Summer Licious and Valentine's Day), I thought I would give my take on first experience at Canoe on a regular night.
Reso was made for Friday at 7:30. Perfect time for dinner as the view is seen at Sunset. Beautiful and breathtaking.
Reason: 5 Year Anniversary dinner with s/o
I didn't think that Canoe would be as business-casual as it was on a Friday evening and bustling...not the greatest for a romantic meal but still really cozy and inviting.
My boyfriend and I decided to try the tasting menu as it was our first time at Canoe and it was definitely a gastronomical experience full of different flavours and textures. I didn't realize that the tasting menu changes on a regular basis and when they didn't have the chocolate ganache cake on the menu (which has been quite discussed on this board), I inquired and the server said he was able to fulfill my request to which I was pleasantly surprised.
The Terrine of Quebec Foie Gras
Rich and creamy which parralleled nicely with the sweetness of teh date and lemon squares and the freshness and zing of the rosemary and oatmeal salad on the plate.
Creamed Yarmouth Lobster and Celeraic soup
This was probably my favorite dish on the menu. The soup was presented in a kettle and poured over the lobster, ensuring that the soup was hot. The lobster was tender and fresh and even more so with the creaminess of the creme fraiche. Kind of tasted like a carrot soup. Delish.
The tourelle de Richelieu--a goat cheese that was to die for...presented after our main, the lamb, and definitely a taste to savour.
The Seared Yellowfin Tuna Loin and Tartare
I guess its an acquired taste. I like my food cooked but everything was fresh complemented by a fresh herb salad...the ginger sorbet (intermezzo)followed this dish which was an excellent idea. I give extra marks for presentation on this one most definitely ( you would have to see the bowl they present it in to know what I'm talking about).
The Lamb Leg
The lamb leg was excellent...moist, tender and juicy. The parsnip pie was substandard....bland--possibly to extract the flavours of the lamb and pepper greens...lots of different sauces on the plate but unaware of what they were and how they would complement my food.
Ricotta and Hazelnut Blintz
I think it was really intersting that ricotta was used in a dessert and tried a bit of my partner's dish. Really sweet...served with maple chai ice cream....too sweet...he couldn't finish it!
Chocolate Ganache Cake
I heard that this was a "glorified brownie." I don't agree. It tasted more like baker's chocolate and be forewarned, it is very very sweet!!! But if you're a chocolate lover, it is definitely something to savour. There were two cakes and I could only eat one. It was served with some type of fruit and a rasberry type sauce. Very good. Excellent presentation.
Berry Manilow Martini--not worth $12 but very good if you like Cosmopolitans...this one is just a bit fruitier..think Alcoholic fruit punch...cute garnish with raspberries and blueberries
Spring Break----this was my fave drink! Super sweet..tastes like Mango juice and a good drink to savour and even discuss while waiting for dinner. Barcardi orange rum, contrieau drizzle and banana mango orange juice. Yum and yum.
Overall, we had a good time at Canoe. You can tell the chef really takes his time to arrange the menu and complement the flavours and tastes of each item. Presentation was fantastic and the wait staff are very attentive, informative, genuine and unobtrusive.
They let you take your time...our meal was 3 hours and definitely an experience.
However, I think Canoe would be more fun if in a group or with coworkers as that is the atmosphere it lends.