I may be a bit late, but first this first – Happy new year, 2013!
So my friends and I decided to participate in this year’s Winterlicious (see here for the full restaurant list). We decided we wanted to go to the renowned Canoe Restaurant & Bar because we always wanted we’ve heard so many good things about it. One quick tip for those who are interested in going during a Winterlicious/Summerlicious - there’s no way you can book any later than the first day that they start taking reservations! Seats/tables go by super quick!
Moving forward, Canoe is found on the top floor of one of the TD Towers Downtown Toronto. The view that the 54th floor restaurant is phenomenal. There’s an awesome view of Lake Ontario and CN Tower. The restaurant itself is quite fancy, so I suggest that if you’re planning to go, it might be better to dress for the occasion.
Here are some pictures of the interior:
This is the Winterlicious 2013 menu that they offered. What I found really neat about it was that they also included wine and cocktails that match well with the dishes:
So before our 3 meal courses, we were served an appetizer of two types of bread (sorry! I forgot the types of bread) and a mushroom dipping. I think the bread was some sort of sour dough, which I am not too fond of, but the dipping was very tasty.
And the long awaited 3 course meals:
I ordered this one. I found it quite flavourful and creamy. There was a strong spice flavour, which I found slightly overpowering, but I liked the incorporation of yoghurt in the soup.
The brisket was perfectly cooked, the meat would melt in the mouth and nothing was overly chewy. What I enjoyed the most was the contrast in texture of the oats and the cabbages really complimented the meat.
I really liked how the pork was so soft (almost like a pulled pork). Although, I found it a bit salty at first, I eventually grew to love it and the spinach soaked in the sauce was fabulous. However, I found the crispy things on the top of the dish quite questionable…haha.
Most of my friends ordered this one. I was afraid it was going to be too dry, but I found that the apples with the contrast of the cake blended very well together. It was all in all, probably my most preferred dessert.
The spice in the chocolate was subtle yet evident. I found it a bit overwhelming after taking a few bites. However, I enjoyed the marshmellows a lot. I found it refreshing in contrast to the strong spiced chocolate flavour. I found the contrast in texture also quite satisfying.
The total of the lunch was a $25 price fixe + tax and tip. The atmosphere of the restaurant was very nice and higher tier. I thought it was very cute of the waiters to wait until the table was finished completely before they all gathered to retrieve our plates. They also timed the presentation of the dishes. All in all – service was extraordinary, atmosphere was very nice, and food was pretty decent. I would have to say it’s a bit overrated though compared to what it really is though..I just got so hyped up from everyone telling me its the BEST restaurant in Toronto! I still think it was a great experience and super fun and tasty, though.
The regular priced items are slightly pricey (or so I find), so if anything just find a time to go during Winterlicious or Summerlicious!
Oh yes, and happy Chinese new year!