I’m not in Toronto very often, but whenever I go, I like to take advantage of it and check out one of its many amazing restaurants. So on Tuesday after my interview I went out to lunch with my mom and sister at Fabbrica, Mark McEwan’s restaurant in the Don Mills shopping complex.
They brought us out some bread to start and it was everything bread should be – crusty on the outside, light and soft on the inside with a perfect yeasty flavour.
For our meals my mom and sister each ordered a salad and split a pizza. I managed to snap pictures of their salads, but not their pizza, as they dug into it too quickly! Hayley got a salad with tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, basil and balsamic vinegar, which she said was good, but the tomatoes weren’t quite ripe. I guess you can’t really expect good tomatoes in the middle of winter!
Mom got the Insalata di Fabbrica with romaine hearts, pancetta, toasted foccacia, and garlic anchovy dressing. She loved the dressing and pancetta, but the lettuce in her salad was brown at the edges, which you wouldn’t expect at a nice restaurant.
As for their pizza, they enjoyed the flavours, but said that it was kind of “wimpy” because the crust was saggy.
Since I had just had pizza on Friday night, I decided to get something different and ordered the wood oven roasted chicken salad with mixed greens, tomato, avocado, pancetta, gorgonzola, chopped egg, and toasted foccacia. I really enjoyed this! It was like a Cobb salad but even better. Also I loved how it came on a wooden board.
Overall it was an okay meal, but the quality didn’t really live up to our expectations. The atmosphere and service at Fabbrica, however, were fabulous!
Have you ever been to a celebrity chef’s restaurant (or a popular restaurant with lots of hype)? What did you think?