In our family, when it’s someone’s birthday, they get to choose whatever dinner they want, whether it be homemade mac & cheese, or a nice dinner out, or a Big Mac from McDonald’s. Note: I don’t think any of us have ever chosen McDonald’s for our birthday dinner. But we could if that was what we wanted!
So when we decided to celebrate my sister’s birthday early last weekend when she was home for Thanksgiving, she got to choose whatever she wanted to eat. And she chose Quatrefoil, a fine dining restaurant in Dundas that we’ve been meaning to check out for ages. It was actually named one of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants by Toronto Life, so we knew it must be good!
One of our other motives for going to Quatrefoil: getting to hang out with our favourite waiter Peter, who used to work at Blacktree! We’ve missed him the past few times we’ve eaten there, so it was great to see him again and benefit from his always on par wine and meal recommendations.
To drink we split a bottle of 2010 Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon, which as Peter predicted, I really enjoyed.
Then came out the bread basket. I couldn’t have the bread because it probably came in contact with walnut bread, but I could have everything else. The pastry straws and cheese & herb puffs, both made in house, were amazing! They were light as air and practically melted in our mouths.
We were also surprised with an amuse bouche of arancini with a roasted red pepper cream cheese sauce. Oh my goodness, I could have just eaten a plate of those for my meal. They were perfectly crispy on the outside with the soft texture of risotto on the inside.
For my appetizer I got the baby red romaine and chicory salad with dried figs, pine nuts, Celtic blue cheese, and pinot noir vinaigrette. I love blue cheese and figs together, so this salad was right up my alley.
I was having such a hard time deciding between going the fish or red meat route for my entree, but when Peter told me that Quatrefoil is known for its seafood dishes, I obviously had to go the fish route. So I got the organic salmon with soft baked celery root, kale, chorizo, beluga lentils, and a caper and brown butter vinaigrette. I’ll admit the fish was slightly more done than I like it (although still far from overdone) and it could have used more seasoning. But it was a vast improvement on some of the other bad fish dishes I’ve had at restaurants recently, so I was pretty happy with it. Also, the kale, lentil, and chorizo mixture it was plated upon was amazing. I could have seriously just eaten that for a meal and been content!
Unfortunately when it came to dessert, we didn’t see much on the menu that called out to us. But there were several desserts on the menu at Spencer’s on the Waterfront that we wanted, so we gave them a quick call to see if we could get a last minute table. They said we could get a table if we got there before 10:30 pm, so we quickly paid the bill and hightailed it out of there!
The Spencer’s dessert menu is seriously what dreams are made of. There were too many things I wanted, so I demanded that we get 2 desserts. I know, I’m so bossy. First up was the triple chocolate mousse cake with milk chocolate ice cream, salted caramel, and toffee crunch.
Second was apricot sticky toffee pudding with cinnamon butterscotch.
Guys, I died. These were so good. And I somehow ended up eating half of both. I don’t know how that worked out since I had 3 other people with me at the table, but I’m not complaining. Not one bit. My stomach might have been though. I was so full after this dinner! Luckily it was late enough that I didn’t feel bad about collapsing into bed as soon as I got home to sleep off the food baby and have sweet dreams about arancini and chocolate mousse cake.
Do you have a favourite waiter at one of your go-to restaurants?
Is anyone else a dessert hog when splitting desserts with other people? Please tell me I’m not the only one!