March 22, 2011

Winterlicious @ Corner House

The same night, I headed to Corner House for a Winterlicious dinner. Nestled in the foothill of Casa Loma, the restaurant is tucked in a cute little residential house. The downside of this is that space is severely limited. We were seated in the dimly lit first floor, right next to a lovely fireplace. Interestingly, there were jars of jams sitting on the mantel, presumably for sale.  Halfway through my meal, while I headed upstairs to use the bathroom, many people were standing and waiting on the staircase.
Curiously, the bread and hummus dip came after our first course. For better or worse, I didn't eat too much of this because our food already arrived.
My companion chose the ginger-curry spiced carrot and sweet potato soup with toasted almonds and crème fraiche. The soup was lovely, sweet, and rich with a tint of ginger that wasn't overwhelmingly strong. The curry was also very mild and I could barely taste it.
Yearning for some greens, I opted for the warm smoked chicken salad with honey mushrooms, French beans, fingerling potatoes, and mustard dressing. The salad was delicious, and I particularly enjoyed the smoky chicken and fingerling potatoes. Mustard is among my favourite salad dressings and this one does not disappoint.
My companion's entree was the whole roasted black Angus striploin with Yukon gold mashed potato, crimini mushrooms, caramelized onions, Barolo Red Wine Sauce. Every component of this dish was well-executed, and I mooched off a lot of veggies. The meat was cooked to a perfect medium-rare. The mushrooms, onions and mashed potato were delightful with the sauce.
Homemade spinach and ricotta gnocchi with a roasted pepper and sun dried tomato sauce, toasted pine nuts. I love gnocchi and this spinach version was definitely unique! Ricotta gnocchi is generally less chewy than potato gnocchi, and I much prefer this softer texture. The tomato sauce was also very tasty, and I didn't waste a single drop.
Butter milk panna cotta with drunken organic raspberries was the superior dessert of the night.  Creamy and light at the same time, the panna cotta contrasted well with the tartness of the raspberry sauce.
Slightly less satisfying was the wild blueberry, cranberry and white chocolate bread pudding, served with a rum caramel sauce. I'm not particularly partial to the mushy texture of the bread pudding. But on the whole, we can definitely see the care that was put into the preparation of the food, as it was reflected in the high quality of the dishes. I look forward to returning for another excellent meal. 

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