About six weeks ago, after a pretty hectic day, my colleague and I went to The Town Grill on Carlton at Parliament. Service was very good, and food was superb. Kept meaning to go back, and finally went back twice last week by myself. The server remembered me from my one previous aforementioned visit.
Rather than figure what I want to order, I just ordered the Vegetarian Tasting menu with wine pairings. The chef inquired whether I will consume fish, to which I replied in the affirmative. Thus began one of my most memorable meals:
- Black cod done to perfection, melted in my mouth
- Something delicious on potato rosti - don't remember, but I finished it, so must have been excellent.
- main: Oven baked Apple stuffed with various nuts and fruits on a plate with White Asparagus, Artichoke hearts etc.
- Dessert: Saffron Cheesecake with sour cherry compote: By this time I was full, but after one bite, I knew I had to finish it. Absolutely the best I've ever had.
Each course was matched with an appropriate wine, and proved to be a delicious experience. This was on a Tuesday night and the weather was foul, so I was the last one in the place. Ended up having another glass of wine with the Chef (Colin Gallacher) & the servers and mentioned some of my preferences.
Total bill: $105 including tax/tip
Went back two days later: The place was almost full, so I sat down at the bar, and ordered the same, and said "I'll trust the chef to feed me"
- Foie Gras seared, on thin Toast & salad (Yes, I do, on occassion, eat Foie Gras, and the chef remembered it from our previous conversation)
- Goat cheese between two delicate layers of polenta
- Potatoe and onion terrine (sounds bland, but was very savory)
- Chocolate pate with homemade marmalade (I'm not a chocolate fan, but this pairing just about blew me away).
Wine pairings were excellent. Here's an interesting pairing: Foie gras with a Pinot Noir.
All taxes, tip included: $100
Not cheap, but I think, given the quality of food, service and knowldgeable wine pairings, it is a bargain. One can obviously dine for less, but if you can handle the freight, I would say: "I'm in the Chef's hands - feed me :)".
As a matter of fact, I already have - I have a reservation there for next Thursday.