Remember my post a few weeks ago when I went out to dinner and was disappointed with my $30 entree, which got me thinking about what makes it worth it to pay a lot of money for a restaurant meal? Well, the dinner I had last night at Blacktree was worth it. So worth it.
For any new readers, Blacktree is my all time favourite restaurant! It’s one of those restaurants that doesn’t just offer food – it offers an experience. Once you look through my pictures, you’ll know what I mean.
For our wine we chose the Block Nine pinot noir. It was fairly light bodied and had more of a bite to it than I like, but it was good. I only ended drinking about half a glass and passing on the rest to my mom. I’m really not a big drinker – even that small amount left my limbs feeling tingly!
I was getting really hungry by that point, so I was thankful when they brought out warm bread with a wild mushroom butter. I can never turn down Blacktree’s bread!
The amuse bouche was fois gras with strawberry sauce and a “corchon” aka a pickle. I’m not a fois gras fan at all, but I don’t mind it in small amounts like this where I don’t really have to taste it. Plus the strawberry sauce was so good!
My appetizer was the rutabaga soup with Bosc pear puree and vanilla. This was incredible! It was my first time trying rutabaga and now I’m excited to buy one and try cooking it in other ways.
I was debating whether to order the sunchoke risotto with Parmesan cheese and endive marmalade for an appetizer instead, so the chef Matteo sent me out a small sample to try out. Eating this almost made me regret my decision to get the soup – it was also amazing!
Tamarind bomb with coconut milk in between courses.
For my entree I was tempted to get the deer, but once I heard the fish special I was sold: Alaskan black cod, butternut squash ravioli, lobster confit, and hedgehog mushrooms. YUM! This plate seriously blew my mind. The fish was so soft and buttery, the ravioli was amazing, and I was obsessed with those mushrooms! Have any of you guys heard of hedgehog mushrooms before? I hadn’t, but now I want to try to track some down to cook with. They were so flavourful!
As always, it was a perfect meal. Exciting, unexpected, flavourful, creative and most importantly, delicious!
What’s your favourite restaurant?
Have you tried rutabaga before? Hedgehog mushrooms? Tamarind? Endive? Fois gras?