Lunch at Canoe – Summerlicious 2013

Strawberry Watermelon Sparkling lemonade from Canoe in Toronto

Strawberry Watermelon Sparkling Lemonade

66 Wellington St. W.
54th Floor
Toronto Dominion Bank Tower
416-307-3322
http://www.oliverbonacini.com/Canoe.aspx

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.

Roll from Canoe with Chickpea Maple Spread
First, a self-indulgent photo. I just thought the roll looked cute on the plate and had to take a picture of it. There’s not much I can say about it… it’s just bread. It did come with a nice Maple Chickpea spread that was a unique alternative to basic butter.
Ontario Summer Greens from Canoe in TorontoTori and I both started with the Ontario Summer Greens. This salad was composed of mixed greens, ricotta, thin slices of yellow and purple carrot (we think), either fennel or daikon radish (I’m not sure), rosemary croûtons and a maple cranberry vinaigrette. I loved the complexity of this salad, and the fact that none of the greens tasted bitter. 

Chicken Campanelle Pasta from Canoe in TorontoTori 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!Wellington County Flat Iron Steak from Canoe in TorontoI 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.

Torched Bread Pudding from Canoe restaurant in TorontoFor 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.

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse from Canoe in TorontoI 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.

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