Thursday, February 07, 2013

Winterlicious 2013 at Sassafraz - one of Yorkville's best restaurants

For those of you who are not familiar, Winterlicious is a culinary event in Toronto that happens during the winter months (stating the obvious, here) where restaurant and cafes offer a prix fixe menu.  Being foodlovers, we weren't going to pass up this opportunity to try new restaurants and revisit old favourites!

Monica had the chance to visit Sassafraz, a well-known restaurant in the Yorkville neighbourhood for lunch last weekend with some friends.

To start, I chose the House Cured Salmon Tartar. The pomegranate ginger mousse was supple and the baby greens on the side had a citrus taste, which was really good. It went with the salmon tartar very well. 

Honey & Chilli Glazed Prawns with saffron risotto.... was just delicious!  The saffron risotto looks really bland as it's just very yellow in the picture but it doesn't do the taste justice.  The prawns were juicy as well.

My friends both got the Braised P.E.I beef short ribs on pommes puree (potatoes).  The meat was tender and of good portion - not too big and not too small.  The Bordelaise sauce was yummy!

Gothan city cheese, served with flatbread and assorted dried fruits.  I wish I knew what the jam-like sauce was because it complemented the cheese SO well.  It was definitely my favourite part of the whole meal.

Above is the warm apple compote with oat crumble, maple walnut and caramel cream.  The caramel cream melted in your mouth - just amazing!

Overall, I had a great dining experience at Sassafraz.  Their service was great, environment, gorgeous and the food, delicious.  I'm glad I got to try for Winterlicious and I will definitely go back!

Sassafraz on Urbanspoon
Sassafraz Restaurant on Foodio54

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