Splendido, Toronto

Saturday, 18 August 2012
If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time... you know that I'm an amateur foodie. I like to cook and I LOVE to eat (good food). While in Canada, we have had a chance to eat some gorgeous cuisine.

James is a bit more of a selective (read: picky) eater than I am so my job was to research and select restaurants for the week. (Score!) One of the places that we tried and loved was Splendido on Harbord Street in Toronto.

The mixologist stopped by our table after we were seated and explained some of the cocktails he designed. I ordered the St. Diablo Verde and James tried the My Introduction. We were impressed with the taste!

The house welcomes dinner guests with chilled peaches and cream corn soup, presented in a shot glass with cumin on the rim. The soup was served with lovely little puff pastries filled with gruyere cheese.

For dinner, we decided on the heirloom tomato salad to start. My goodness - this is the season for it! It was served with spicy Canadian bacon, fresh basil, a bit of fresh guacamole and balsamic vinegar. Wow. 

We ordered halibut (me) and the filet (him) for our main dishes. The halibut comes from Haida Gwaii, B.C. and was served with mussels, clams, sweet clover, pancetta and potato. It was delicious.

The beef dish was a Cumbrae Farms 65 day aged ribeye. It was served with basil & parmeggiano reggiano, charred onion and vinagrette. The meat was flavorful and moist.

Not only was our food cooked and presented perfectly, we were impressed by the impeccable service. The staff was friendly, knowledgable (the Sommelier happily discussed and paired wine with our courses) and attentive. As diners leave, they are presented with shortbread cookies for breakfast with coffee. This is one to put on the list to try while in Toronto!

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