I just want to offer up my opinion about the Winterlicious dinner that is being served at Sassafraz this year, after a lovely experience last night.
So let's start from the beginning: the two appetizers. We ordered one of each - the winter greens with lavender vinaigrette and edible flowers and the potato leek soup with truffle oil and Roquefort toasts... I really wish I had more understanding of these types of delicate tastes...the really light/slightly bitter-tasting vinaigrette confused me! (The flower are not, as advertised, edible! They taste like flowers!) The potato leek soup was delicious, in a similarly delicate way, and I was provided some pungent relief by a Roquefort toast.
As for the mains, we ordered the 10 oz. porkloin chop with sweet potato galette, buttered spinach and sauce Calvados and the seared maple marinated cod with garlic chive potato cake and carrot puree. I was responsible for the porkloin, and have to say the flavours/textures worked in heavenly compliment to each other...from the slighty smokey/roast-y loin complemented by the sauce Calvados (which I had actually mistaken for the loin's own jus) to the softness of the spinach to the impeccably balanced sweetness of the sweet potato galette.
Finally, for dessert (we also had one of each): lemon vacherin with mint sherbert and stewed blueberries and the caramel apple tart with crumble crust and cinnamon ice cream. I had the lemon vacherin and must say, this was beyond perfect. The cool sherbert, tangy lemon filling inside a meringue nest and the sweet blueberries together were refreshing and cleansing.
We finished off with cappuccino and white Chinese tea (pai mu tan)...
Unfortunately, the restaurant was so full we had to sit close to the door. But the service was delightful (why, we were laughing, why did the "bread boy" have to serve the bread slices with two spoons back-to-back as tongs?!) and the ambience, though we did not get to see much of the restaurant, was classicaly elegant and warm.
Now I hope the better critic who shared that amazing evening will offer his opinion... ;-)