66 Wellington St. W.
Toronto Dominion Bank Tower
I can finally say that I’ve eaten at Canoe! I’ve been wanting to visit this Oliver & Bonacini restaurant for a while now, and I’m so glad that Tori was able to get a reservation for Summerlicious. Apparently Canoe is considered to be one of the top restaurants in Toronto. It is located on the 54th floor of the TD tower and has a wonderful birds-eye view of the city. The Chef de Cuisine, John Horne, uses seasonal ingredients to showcase high-quality Canadian cuisine which obviously prepared and served with passion.
Tori ordered the Chicken Campanelle Pasta with peas, smoked bacon and citrus chicken broth for her main course. She throughly enjoyed eating this dish, and we were both amused by the pasta shape. Does anyone know what this pasta is called? We haven’t seen it before, but it sure is cute.
EDIT: A rep from Oliver & Bonacini told me that Campanelle is Italian for “little bells”. Neat!I had planned on ordering the poached salmon for my main course, because someone recommended it to me and I’m generally not a big fan of red meat. I’m not sure what made me change my mind, but I am so glad that I did!
I ended up having the Wellington County Flat Iron Steak with Gai Lan (Chinese broccoli), sarladaise potatoes and smoked mustard aïoli. This was not only the best dish I had at Summerlicious, this is the best dish I have eaten all year!
The meat was flavourful and juicy, and it was so good with the creamy pungent aioli. I kind of wish they had given me a steak knife though because although the meat was super tender, I struggled to cut it with my dinner knife.
The sarladaise potato (which is potatoes cooked in a classic French method) was delicious, but there wasn’t enough of it on the plate. Maybe I’m just being greedy because it was so yummy. I think the golden bits on the meat were some kind of onion preserve, and it was also very very tasty. When I finished everything on my plate, I wanted to lick it clean. I didn’t though… partly because I didn’t want to embarrass Tori and partly because I’d like to be allowed back in the restaurant.
For dessert, Tori ordered the Torched Bread Pudding with Niagara plums & Osprey Farms honey sabayon. Tori loves bread pudding and orders it whenever she can. She said this one was nice.
I ended my meal with the Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse with Coco Caramel and Devil’s Food Cake. This dessert was so delicious. The mousse, cake and nuts has great contrasting textures and the flavours were fantastic together. I have no idea what part of this is the Coco Caramel, so if anyone knows please tell me.
This ends my Summerlicious adventure for 2013. Overall I enjoyed pretty much everything that I ate, and was happy to be able to share it all with you. Did you go to any restaurants for Summerlicious this year? If you did, let me know in the comments below. I’d love to know if you have any recommendations for next year!
*Tori shot some of the photos in this post, they’re not all mine.