Thursday, February 20, 2014

REVIEW | The Shore Club for Winterlicious 2014 - upscale dining in Toronto's financial district

Walking into The Shore Club made us feel like we were walking right onto the set of Mad Men. With its high ceiling, exquisite wood furniture and waiters in white waist coasts, it certainly is a place with high standards set to impress. Breakfast at Tiffany's playing in the background on the TVs was icing on the cake. 

We were offered the a la carte menu as well as Winterlicious but we wanted a little bit of everything so we decided to go with the Winterlicious menu.

To start, we ordered the Arugula Pear and Brie Salad with a champagne vinaigrette. Don’t be alarmed if you don’t see any brie on your salad, it’s hidden under the arugula. The pear complemented the salad well with its soft yet slightly texture and the champagne vinaigrette was very light. The only thing that would have made it even better if it the brie was a big stronger as the flavour was a little faint.

The Smoked Cod Two Ways was prepared as a cod fritter and rillettes with crispy crostini. For those who don't know what rillette is, the preparation is very similar to a pate. On it's own, it was a bit salty but with the crostini it was perfect and balanced the saltiness. 

The Grainy Mustard Rubbed New York Striploin with shallot jus came in a generous portion. I wasn't quite sure what sat on top of the steak at first glance, but it was caramelized bulb of onion.  As you could see in the picture, the steak was cooked as i asked - medium rare but the first few bites had a lot of fatty parts.  This must be a Winterlicious thing as I did hear before that The Shore Club offers excellent steak & seafood and is a Bay crowd favourite.

Fish seems to be a good go to choice for us whenever it’s on the menu and the Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon with pea puree and candied bacon certainly did not disappoint . The simplistic presentation did not take away from the flavour of the salmon.  The fish tasted quite creamy and the pea puree added a nice touch of flavour to the dish while the candied bacon added some texture. Even the steamed broccoli was delicious, buttery without feeling too heavy and rich! 

The Bread Pudding with blackberries and Vanilla Creme Anglaise was absolutely delicious. The bread pudding was warm and full of flavour but didn't taste too rich and there was more than likely a lot of cream that went into making it. The ratio of bread pudding, blackberry and cream was perfect in every bite. 

The Key Lime Pie was very smooth but it was slightly acidic.  Taking a bite with the bit of whipped cream atop the cake made the acid balance out much better.  This definitely helped cleanse my palate after the meal.

The server was very attentive and provided excellent service. The food came out in a timely manner and we were never waiting too long between each course, which is a pet peeve for us.  The Shore Club is definitely on the pricier side and will be of those restaurants that we save for "special occasions."

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