A few Fridays ago, JZ and I celebrated our one year anniversary at Spencer’s at the Waterfront.
But that’s not where we initially made our reservations. Actually, it’s a bit of a story. And after telling it, you guys might totally agree with me or think I’m totally crazy. I’ll let you decide.
So originally we made reservations at a different restaurant that gets great reviews. But on the day of our dinner, I called the restaurant to confirm our reservations for that night. I also took a peek at the menu, and noticed they were still serving their summer menu. So I asked about that while I was on the phone, and they told me that yes, they were still serving their summer menu.
Now this was a restaurant that says right on its website that it serves “earth to table cuisine” and cooks with “local, seasonal ingredients from near-by farms and food artisans”. Well call me crazy, but I don’t see any peaches or corn growing in this neck of the woods around this time of year.
It just rubbed me the wrong way that a restaurant that labels itself as “earth to table” would be so out of season. So I decided to make reservations at one restaurant that has never failed me: Spencer’s at the Waterfront. A local foods restaurant that stays true to its image, it had its fall menu up – and it looked delicious!
JZ laughed and laughed and laughed at me when I told him the reason I wanted to change the reservations (actually, it’s been over a week and he’s still laughing at me), but he’s pretty easy going and was happy eating wherever I wanted to go. So to Spencer’s at the Waterfront we went.
After ordering our wines (a Blackstone Merlot for me, and a Konzelmann Gewurztraminer for him) we selected our starters. JZ had the cheese plate with one cheese: a sharp white cheddar. It came with spiced honey with bee pollen, pickled pears, and crisp bread slices. My appetizer was a cumin roasted cauliflower salad with chili date puree, spicy almonds, and pickled onions. I cannot rave enough about this salad – the Middle Eastern flavours were phenomenal! It was also beautifully presented in an intentionally jumbled way.
I also really enjoyed my entree: wild caught salmon with white beans, Swiss chard, maple chili squash puree, and grilled scallion vinaigrette. The white beans were in a delicious creamy sauce that gave a perfect richness to the dish, while the vinaigrette added a nice punch of flavour.
JZ had the top sirloin that came with some roasted vegetables and the most amazing three cheese and chive smashed potatoes. Rather than a light and fluffy texture like mashed potatoes, these were heavy and dense – and full of flavour too. I think they were JZ’s favourite part of his meal!
For dessert we had no trouble agreeing upon the chocolate brownie with dulce de leche, vanilla ice cream, and sponge toffee. And yes, it tasted every bit as incredible as it looks! The plate had so many different flavours, textures, and temperatures – it was fun to eat!
All in all the meal was fantastic. Just like the past year (has it already been that long?) with JZ has been. Love ya big guy!