Last night my SO treated me to a wonderful dinner at Susur. When he made the reservation he let them know that we would have to leave by 7:30 to arrive on time our dance theatre performance.
We arrive at 5:50 p.m. for a 6 p.m. reservation, our coats were taken and we were seated immediately. Our server already knew of our time constraint and informed us he would ensure we would have a taxi waiting for us for our 7:30 departure.
Our server explained Susurs approach of the reverse tasting menu, main course first followed by smaller and lighter courses. We both selected the five course tasting menu and ask our server to provide appropriate pairings. To start he suggested a heavenly Washington Cab sauvignon 2002 LEcole 41. It was AMAZING. In fact, the wine was so good, I vaguely remember my amuse bouche.
My first course was organic Ontario beef tenderloin. Resting so beautifully on top of the tenderloin was a very generous slice of seared fois gras. Of course there were the requisite veg and starch, but it all pales in comparison to beef tenderloin and fois gras.
At this point my SO was feeling a little cheated. His first course was Cornish hen with a peanut sauce, pineapple and mango chutney, with a taro fritter, lotus root, and some other sweet crunchy item I still cant identify. Now do get me wrong, his first course was lovely; very tasty and complex. However, truly, what can compete with tenderloin with seared fois gras. Nothing!
For our second course I had a very tasty moo shu (sp) pork tenderloin sitting atop a celery root puree and toped with crunchy chestnuts and poached apple. My SO had beef capriccio with shaved fois gras and black truffle sitting atop a bed of baby spinach. He was so happy with his second course he offered me only one small taste. It really was heavenly.
Our next course was the seafood course. I had a crab croquette (sp) with fresh spring roll with wasabi mouse. The plate looked so beautiful; I didnt want to eat it. But Im glad I did. Although the texture of the crab croquette perfect, it needed a little more seasoning. My SO had a giant scallop sitting in a lovely sweet puree and topped with crispy pancetta.
Our fourth course was the fish course. I had sea bass, which, I dont like to eat. I figure it is on the endangered species list, we probably should be eating it. That being said, I ate it and it was yummy. But nothing was a yummy as my SOs caramelized sable (like black cod). IT WAS AMAZING!!! I would say the best fish either of have ever had. And we both enjoy Starfish and Chiado. It was just so perfect. Melt in your mouth heaven. We joked that we come back just for this fish if it was possible.
Our final course arrived at 7:15. I have delicious slice of chocolate mouse, and a very dense, very rich, very tasty, little chocolate cake; between the two as a small scoop of homemade ice cream. My SO (who cannot eat eggs) had panna cotta topped with a beautiful spun sugar dome; along side he also had a light sorbet, poached pear and apricots. With this course we have a lovely light tea.
Our main server and all of the other various servers who came to our table were wonderful. They were polite, personable, and knowledgeable about the food they were serving. Our water glasses were topped up throughout the evening. Our main server ensure our wine for each course came just mins before our food arrive. They even came back to the table to let us know it was 7:30 and our taxi would be arriving in five mins.
The bill, including food, wine, a bottle of water, tea, tax and a generous tip, was $420.00 It was a 9.5 out of 10. It was a wonderful dinning experience. Im sure well be back.