With school back and the busy Summer almost over, ex-chowhounder and I decided to resume our occasional mini-chowmeet. Allowing a lead time of over a week to select the venue and make reservations, we were surprised that our first choice of 'Edulis' was fully booked all the way out to the end of September! The same applied to our second choice 'Buca', who informed us that they can only accommodate us on 5.00 pm sittings, even on week days!! For goodness sake!! Are Toronto restaurants really THAT busy?! After all, we were not seeking Saturday night sittings in Michelin 3* restaurants??!!
Anyways, we finally settled for a 6.00. pm sitting at Richmond Station. The place was packed, I mean PACKED when we arrived! We decided to go with the $60 Tasting Menu and put our faith in the chef's hand. The result was a surprisingly enjoyable and tasty meal with rustic, comfort food prepared skillfully using classic cooking techniques. No molecular wizardry or alchemy here!
We were offered the following dishes, individually plated or communal format to share:
- Malpaque Oysters on the Half Shell
- Charcuterie Platter of House Cured Meats and Pickled Condiments
- Mahi-Mahi and Tuna Nicoise Salad
- Rainbow Trout, Onion Sobise, Potatoes, Lemon Marmalade, Shallot Rings
- Double T-Bone cut Pork Chop, Pan Juice, Caramelized Potatoes & Onions, Sautéed beans & Peas
- Ice Cream Cake, White Chocolate, Toasted Meringue late Summer Fruits,
Stand out offerings that deserved a special mention included the awesome tasting croquettes in the Charcuterie Platter and the Nicoise Salad. The latter, so refreshing and nicely seasoned, it's one of the best salad I have eaten this year! The fish was perfectly cooked to just a touch underdone! Lovely texture and beautifully moist. The Lemon Marmalade really elevated the dish to 'wow' territory! Though not a fan of Pork, however, the complex and intensely flavoured pan juice/gravy, together with the nicely seared, moist and slightly pink piece of meat made the dish most palatable! Do remember to save some bread to mop up this great sauce if anyone of you decide to give it a try! Lastly, the dessert, though nothing special, was IMO a visual delight! Looked almost like a Joan Miro abstract oil painting!!
All in all, a most enjoyable evening! What's better than good food, good service and great company??!!