Wednesday, July 17, 2013

REVIEW | Summerlicious at Wildfire Steakhouse: romantic venue, attentive staff & delicious food

Trying new restaurants during Summerlicious could be a risk but after visiting Wildfire Steakhouse & Wine Bar for lunch, we were impressed at all three courses of the menu, their friendly staff and the beautiful interior.

Located just South Yonge st. and York Mills, it's easily accessible by car or public transportation.  We immediately fell in love with this area as we walked to the restaurant.

Inside the restaurant, the ambiance was very romantic and intimate with crystal chandeliers, low lighting, candles and dark wood furniture.  It looked very chic - perfect for a date night!

The summerlicious menu at Wildfire was great - it offered a wide variety that appeals to a big audience, with seafood, steak, burger, and vegetarian options.  In our party we had four people so we decided to try different items and share.

For starters, we chose the Escargot (for 2), Shrimp Martini and Grilled Calamari:

Escargots (snail) Provencal - herbed butter, roasted garlic, shallots and panko topping
The snails were chewy and cooked well.  We loved the herbed butter with roasted garlic! Very good for a starter.  If you haven't tried snails before, this would be a great way to try.

Shrimp Martini - tiger shrimp with citrus infused cocktail sauce
This was good as well but nothing spectacular.  The shrimp were a good size and very juicy.

Grilled Calamari - with red tomato salsa, capers, black olives and red onions
The calamari was cooked perfectly.  Moist and soft without being rubbery.  It went really well with the tomato salsa and the rest of the ingredients! Highly recommended!

For the entrees, two of us got the Salmon and two others got the 1/2 Nova Scotia Lobster:

Grilled Salmon - with citrus potato galette, julienned carrots, snowpeas and cherry tomatos.
We really enjoyed this.  Salmon was grilled perfectly to our liking and came in a generous portion! The fish sat atop the potato galette (pancake) and the julienned veggies.  The combination of everything on the plate was super!

Now for the 1/2 Nova Scotia Lobster - garlic drawn butter, mashed potato & seasonal vegetables
As a 1/2 size lobster, I didn't think it would be enough, but it did fill me up!  There was plenty of meat in the tail and claw and I couldn't complain since you rarely see lobster on a Summerlicious menu.  It was very tasty, light and satisfying.  It was the perfect portion.

Let's move on the the desserts!  We went for the Fresh Berries, Wildfire Creme Brûlée and Brownie Cheesecake: 

Wildfire Creme Brûlée - made with madagascar vanilla beans
Texture was good and I liked that it wasn't too sweet.  It was a delectable finish to the entire meal!

Fresh Berries - Ontario picked raspberries, blackberries and gooseberries
This is definitely the lightest dessert on the menu.  We loved the presentation! Simple & Sweet!

Caramel Brownie Cheesecake - brownie base topped with creamy cheesecake drizzled with caramel
This was rich, creamy, sweet and just amazing.  This was my favourite part of the entire meal - I couldn't get enough.  If you like brownies and cheesecake, this is your dream come true!

Overall, we're so glad we decided to come to Wildfire Steakhouse.  Everything from ambiance and staff to the food and drinks were great!  We'd suggest this place to everyone to try during Summerlicious or for a regular date night with a loved one.

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