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Winterlicious - Bymark

C. Au | Feb 1, 2005 09:29 AM

I had always heard many good things about Bymark from other posters and have been wanting to have a try for myself.

I would have liked a slightly later time for dinner as 5:30 was a bit early from when I'd normally reserve. We arrived on time and had our coats checked and were promptly led to our table. Bymark was very empty at this time, only about 5 or 6 tables filled.

A server brought us a slice of warm baguette each, and when we finished that a little while later they would return and ask if we wanted another piece of bread.

I opted for an upgrade of my appetizer for $8 to try their Fois Gras which was served with a buckwheat pancake over roasted glazed pears. This was really lovely, not too oily and the pears offset the saltiness of the Fois Gras perfectly. My boyfriend had the "Day Boat scallop carpaccio with spiced tomato ice, citrus and tender herbs" which he liked, but said that the scallops were a little fishy.

My main course was the "Grilled veal tenderloin with squash ravioli, natural reduction and corn foam". The veal was very tender although my medium-rare was a bit over-cooked to my liking it still had wonderful flavour. The ravioli was nothing out of the ordinary, but added a change in flavour to the dish. Our other main was the Roasted chicken, although my boyfriend agreed that my main was the better of the two. Nothing particularly spectacular to say about the chicken really.

We sampled each of the desserts, I can say that my cheesecake was nothing out of the ordinary, although I liked the candied orange peel placed on the top. The apple upside-down cake was a little better, but still nothing spectacular.

The service was courteous and prompt. I would not have expected less. In total we ended up spending an even $100 for two people. I would definitely like to go back in the future to sample their regular menu.

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