I don’t remember if I mentioned my plans for my husband Chris’ bday on my blog. It was his birthday yesterday and I planned a nice dinner at Crush Wine Bar and an overnight stay at the Soho Met in downtown Toronto. It was awesome.
We checked in at the hotel before heading out to dinner and the place was fabulous. The bathroom was incredible.
I loved the fact that there were switches right by the bed to turn all the lights in the room on or off (including the bathroom, hall and lamps). You could also turn on/off the electronic Do Not Disturb light (there’s an indicator by the door outside the room) and even open/close the drapes. Very cool.
Off to dinner we went – it was walking distance – about 5 minutes away. We each had a starter with wine pairing, an entree with wine pairing and dessert with coffee.
I chose the Cheese Boutique: Fresh Ricotta with Marinated Red Onions, Fennel & Mint Salad, Pesto Whipped Goat Cheese Rolled in Grilled Eggplant & Tomato Confit, Burratta with Fava Beans & Peas Salsa Sourdough Crouton. This was paired with the Fielding Estate Rockpile Pinot Gris 2010 Lincoln Lakeshore. Fabulous.
Chris’ starter was the Charcuterie Board: Selection of Dolce Lucano Cured Meats, Terrine & Pâté. This was paired with the Domaine Autrand Vinsobres Grenache, Syrah 2009 Rhône Valley, France. Also fabulous.
I chose the Poached Chicken: Crispy Skin, Honeyed Carrot Purée, Spinach, Peas, Morels & Mushroom Emulsion. This was paired with the Tollgate White by Stratus 2007 Niagara Peninsula, Canada. I died and went to heaven as soon as I tasted the carrot puree. Excellent.
Chris chose the Grilled Swordfish: Vegetable Relish, Charred baby Gem Lettuce & Green Goddess Dressing. It was supposed to be paired with the Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay but they didn’t have anymore and replaced it with another, and of course I can’t remember which one. It was a Chardonnay from Sonoma, California. This was also excellent.
We forgot to take pics of dessert but they were excellent. I chose the Summerfruit Parfait: Angel Food Cake & Vanilla Chantilly. Chris chose the Strawberry & Red Wine Soup: Lemon Ice Cream & Minted Strawberries.
The whole meal was heavenly, a bit pricey ($200 before tip) and we vowed to return soon. This ranked up there as one of our favourite meals ever, right up there with the African-themed meal we had at Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Lodge at Disneyworld.
Add to that room service breakfast from Sen5es restaurant (which is inside the hotel) and it topped off a really nice day! (Note: I had the same breakfast – my plate is off to the side).
Happy birthday Chris. 🙂
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