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Splendido is SPLENDID! (Long, long review)

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Splendido is SPLENDID! (Long, long review)

Sandee | Mar 25, 2006 07:52 PM

Hubby's boss flew in from New York on Thursday to treat the department to a nice dinner. Hubby asked what restaurant they should consider and I said Splendido, so they made a reservation there.

We were a party of 7 and the first to arrive sat at the bar to wait for the others. We enjoyed glasses of wine and were given a couple of small dishes of assorted olives (green and black), which were marinated in a wonderfully flavoured olive oil.

Once our party was complete, we were immediately seated. A stool was placed beside my chair to put my purse on, and I guess one of the server's heard my hubby mention that he forgot his reading glasses because before we knew it, he was offered a selection of reading glasses from a wooden case! How classy is that?!?

We were given the option of sparkling water or plain. We all chose sparkling and all evening, our glasses were constantly refilled. Our host also ordered several bottles of wine (white and red), in which our glasses were also refilled the second it was empty.

After an amuse bouche of tiny little quiches, which were very tasty, we all ordered from the Table d'Hote.

Before the first course arrived, a small plate of tuna tartare and something else (can't remember, but it was crunchy) was given to each of us.

For the first course, I had the New Brunswick lobster and hubby ordered the B.C. dungeness crab cake.

Second course, we both had the butter poached lobster which was accompanied by a large, almost-tempura like shrimp. Fantastic!

And main course, I had the rack of lamb while hubby had the beef tenderloin with fois gras. The meats were cooked exactly to our liking and the fois gras was devine!

Next we got the cheese platter with the crispy raisin flatbread. The goat's and sheep's milk cheeses were awesome, but the blue cheese was a bit too tart for me.

Finally, we had a couple of dessert platters with coffees/teas. The various dessserts were great but by that time, I was a bit too tipsy to really remember exactly what they were, lol!

And I must mention the beautiful votive lights that they had on the tables. I asked the server and he said that they were by Limoges (Bernardaud). The three ladies of the table (of which I was one) kept talking about these votives throughout the meal, so imagine our surprise when at the very end of the evening, the server came by with three small boxes and put one in front of each of us girls. Hubby's boss had arranged to have a votive candle be given to each of us! (Splendido sells them for $120 each). Man. Gotta' love a boss like that, eh?

Overall, a stellar evening with stellar food and service. A place that has the server's synchronize the plates being put down in front of the diner's at the exact same moment is definitely one that has high standards. And succeeds!

Link: http://www.splendido.ca

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