July 9, 2013

Summerlicious @ Canoe

After being blown away by my Summerlicious lunch at Canoe last year, I couldn't resist revisiting this popular restaurant for this year's festival. I have to warn you though- if you have a later seating (ours was at 1:45), do not expect to be seated on time. We waited for more than 30 minutes both this year and last year until our table was ready. Since I've been to Canoe multiple times for Summerlicious, this will mostly be a picture post showcasing this year's menu.
Left- Freshly squeezed strawberry and watermelon sparkling lemonade ($6).
Center- Creekside Merlot Niagara Peninsula Ontario ($10).

Right- White Maple Sangria with white wine, brandy maple, fresh summer juices ($10).

Whipped Sheep’s Milk Cheese
Tender Shoots, Cardamom Crisp & Radish Vinaigrette
New Farms Chilled Cucumber Soup
Orange Scented Cucumber, Hewitt’s Buttermilk & Dill
Ontario Summer Greens
Ricotta, Rosemary Croûtons & Maple Cranberry Vinaigrette

Wellington County Flat Iron Steak
Gai Lan, Sarladaise Potatoes & Smoked Mustard Aïoli
One thing that bugged me was that our bread did not arrive until after our mains were served. I guess they ran out and it took a long time to replenish. That said, the accompanying sun-dried tomato spread was quite delicious and went very well with the warm, spongy focaccia.
Torched Bread Pudding
Niagara Plums and Osprey Farms Honey Sabayon
Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse
Devil’s Food Cake and Coco Caramel
Frozen Yoghurt
Raspberry soup, Milk Crumble
I was ecstatic that we had the corner table next to the window, which gave us a splendid view of the CN Tower. Unfortunately, I have to say that this year's lunch was not amazing as last year's experience. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed everything I ordered (I had the salad, steak, and bread pudding), but nothing was outstanding. However, I must acknowledge that the glazed beef short rib from last year's lunch was one of the best things I ate in 2012, so that was pretty hard to top. It's always a fun experience to dine in Canoe, not to mention that the spectacular view itself is almost worth the $25 lunch price!
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