>> Thursday, November 21, 2013
Food & Wine: We were given delicious nutty slices of bread with a light whipped butter to start the meal. I love bread in general, but this one was warm, soft and chewy, I wanted more but had to remind myself that there was a whole meal ahead of me. As an appetizer we ordered the Parmesan Frites with a side of truffle oil and roasted garlic aioli for dipping. I’ve always preferred mayo over ketchup with fries, so I was glad they offered an aioli as a dip. There was a pleasant garlic flavour highlighted with hints of acid but both my friend and I didn’t quite notice the truffle in the mayo. The fries themselves were nice and crispy without being overcooked or soggy. They were nicely seasoned and could have stood alone on their own if presented that way.
My friend ordered the Roasted Honey and Chipotle Glazed Pork Chop served with yam fries and sautéed haricots vert. The chop was a very decent size perfect for those who have a good appetite. It was cooked to a perfect medium well, with just enough pink to keep the chop tender and juicy. The honey chipotle glaze was incredible. Sweet, tangy, smoky and robust all at the same time, it was a nice change from the traditional pork accompaniments such as apple or leeks. The green beans were crunchy and tasted great with the mix of onions and almonds. The yam fries were sweet and crispy. Who doesn’t love a bit of yam fries on the side of every dish? Since they were covered with the honey chipotle sauce, it was a nice flavour kick for the fries.
For dessert, we had to order the Apple Tart with Praline Crumble and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (with extra ice cream on the side, we’re ice cream fiends). The tart was divine! The pastry was buttery and flaky, coupled with the sweet and tart apples, it was the perfect apple pie. Especially when served with creamy vanilla ice cream, it was inevitable that we had to get an extra scoop.