Wow, what a crazy night I had!
There were severe storm and tornado watches across all of southern Ontario yesterday but I didn’t expect the weather to be as bad as it was. So despite the forecast, I went out to dinner with my parents, my sister and her boyfriend to our favourite restaurant, Blacktree (I’ve blogged about this restaurant many times before – check out my “Restaurants” tab to read more reviews).
I’ve already rambled on enough about chef Matteo’s culinary genius, so I won’t bore you with my praises for him again. I’ll just let the amazing meal speak for itself!
The wine: Alessandro Speri 2007 Prodigo Malbec. Our favourite sommelier and server Peter recommended this wine to me when I told him I liked a Black River Malbec that I’d tried there. I didn’t like this wine quite as much, but it was still good.
The bread: Warm, soft and crusty just like always! Served with a delicious leek butter.
The amuse bouche: Cured salmon, crispy wonton, molasses jelly.
The appetizer: “Caesar salad”. I put that in quotations because Matteo’s salads are never your typical salad. This one had baby romaine leaves, foam dressing, a crispy egg yolk, dehydrated tomatoes, paper thin crispy bacon, and capers.
The remise en bouche: Green tomato “yolk”.
The entree: Pickerel, oxtail dumpling and golden beet carpaccio with mango, persimmon, goji berries, snap peas, shitake mushrooms, and red cabbage slaw.
I’ve eaten a lot of incredible things at Blacktree, but this meal may have been one of my favourites. I loved all the flavours that accompanied the pickerel!
While we were finishing up our drinks, the storm outside started to pick up. We didn’t think anything of it until we saw huge gusts of wind and a torrential downpour out the window. Next the lights started flickering and then the power went out completely. We had to sit out the storm at the restaurant because it was so bad outside. And then on our drive home we had to swerve around several fallen trees and one road was actually completely blocked.
The power was still out when we went to bed, but luckily we woke up today with full power. Phew!
Do you like it when a chef puts twists on a classic dish?