May 3, 2011

Telus Taste of Tuesday @ Table 17

I had the most wonderful experience at Table 17 recently. I took advantage of the Telus Taste of Tuesday promotion in which you get a free appetizer and dessert with the purchase of an entrée. To top it off, parking was free at this part of town after 6 pm on weekdays.
The restaurant was charmingly small, but even so they managed to fit a large table in the middle of the dining room. We were delighted to be seated right next to the window, which, according to our server, was "the best table in the restaurant".
Instead of a bread basket, we were offered one slice of baguette with some extra virgin olive oil. I ate this with my starter. 
My risk-aversed dining companion ordered the potato and bacon soup – crispy shallots, bacon lardons and quail’s egg. I had two delicious spoonfuls of the soup. I enjoyed chewing on the bits of bacon, which added a delectable smokiness to the creamy soup.
I ordered the appetizer special of the day chicken liver parfait, served with baguette, pickles, Dijon mustard and lightly dressed bitter greens. I absolutely loved this! I've only had chicken liver cooked in the Chinese style before, but this version was like a spread eaten with bread. The spread was delightfully creamy and I loved that intense flavour of the liver, complemented by a dab of tangy Dijon mustard. The various pickled vegetables were refreshing additions. One small complaint is that there wasn't enough bread for all the chicken liver, so I had a lot of spread leftover after devouring all the bread.
Steak Frites 8oz thick cut top sirloin, served with lemon mayo – was executed to perfection. The steak was juicy, flavourful and amazingly tender. I really enjoyed the meat, but what stood out the most for me was the lemon mayo, which was, in one word, addictive. I wanted to eat it all right off a spoon. This was possibly the best steak frites I've had.
I had the striped bass, served over sweet onion purée and tartar garnish, with beer battered sweet dumpling squash and hen of the woods mushroom. My first impression was that the plate looked very pretty, garnished with (presumably edible) flowers. I enjoyed all the components on the plate, and everything worked well together. The fish was perfectly cooked and the skin was nice and crispy.  My personal favourite part was the fried squash dumplings, which were tasty sweet bites. I wiped my whole plate clean and wanted more.
For dessert, our first choice was the maple panna cotta, topped with candied bacon strips. I'm really starting to get used to the idea of pairing bacon with dessert. At first, it seemed positively absurd to me, but I'm beginning to enjoy the fattiness of the bacon with sweet offerings. The bacon's saltiness really brought out the sweetness of the panna cotta and also provided a great crunch. The panna cotta, which came out resembling a block of tofu, was creamy and satisfying.
Our other dessert choice was the honey and pistachio tart with crème anglaise. I loved that there was a generous amount of nuts in every bite. I wished the pistachio could be a little more toasted and crunchier, but the tart was, nevertheless, delicious. All in all, this was one of the best meals I've had for some time. The food was excellent and the service was friendly, attentive without being overbearing. I hope I'll have a chance to eat here again in the near future. 
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  1. Great photos! I've been to Table 17 for brunch, but you're making me want to go back for dinner!



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