Miku is one of the trendiest hotspots for Japanese cuisine in Toronto. The Toronto branch opened following the successful venture of its original Vancouver location. Serving contemporary Japanese Canadian fusion cuisine, Miku definitely ranks among one of the best restaurants in Toronto. The kaiseki is the best way to explore the menu, as you will get a taste of most signature/popular dishes. We chose the five course Miku kaiseki.
The first course was a sashimi platter, plated with finesse. The chu-toro (medium fat bluefin tuna) was very good, meltingly tender. The hamachi (yellowtail) and amaebi (spot prawn) were also very enjoyable. Later during the meal, the prawn heads were brought back to the kitchen and fried. I know visually this can intimidate people but it’s actually not bad to munch on.
For my 23rd birthday this year, I decided to celebrate at Scaramouche restaurant. As I was browsing for restaurants, Scaramouche kept popping up with outrageously (good) reviews. Specializing in modern French/Italian cuisine with a Canadian twist, I decided to give it a try. The location itself is uniquely located on the 2nd level of the Benvenuto condo in Yorkville. Complimentary valet parking is also provided.
The city view at Scaramouche was pretty impressive. You can get a very nice view of downtown Toronto, even without sitting by the window. The lighting was quite dark, and although that helped set a relaxing mood, it made taking pictures nearly impossible. I had to slightly alter my pictures with a little help from photoshop. That’s one of my pet peeves. Why would you go through so much trouble plating a beautiful dish when you can’t even see it in the dim lighting?
Anyways, we decided on the following;
Appetizers: Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, Butter Poached Lobster, and La Quercia Speck
Main Courses: Quebec Venison, Grilled Filet Mignon, Sea Scallops
After we ordered, a complimentary amuse bouche was delivered. The pumpkin soup spiced with curry powder was a tasty start. The coconut milk added a nutty creaminess to cool down the spices.
Happy New Years everyone! This year, I celebrated New Year’s Eve with my family at Canoe restaurant, located on the 54th floor of the TD Center in the financial district. It’s the flagship restaurant of the Oliver and Bonacini Group, which also happens own Auberge Du Pommier, Luma, and Bannock. Upon entering the restaurant, I immediately noticed the stunning skyline view overlooking downtown Toronto. Canoe has a very swanky atmosphere, yet at the same time possesses a laid back trendy vibe. For New Year’s Eve, there was a pre-selected five-course menu, with options provided for the four main courses.
The first course was fried herring roe served with a kelp knot. I’ve never had herring roe before and usually I’m not the biggest fan of caviar. I personally find it too fishy and strong tasting. However, this was a pleasant surprise! The herring roe was quickly tempura fried and tasted very mild with a creamy texture. A quick dip in the ponzu dressing added a tart citrusy flavour. The kelp knot on the other hand, was as enjoyable as munching on a rubber tire.