For my birthday lunch I decided I wanted to go to Canoe after reading about Teena in Toronto going there for cocktails. I had been there many, many moons ago and had forgotten all about it!
It was a beautiful sunny day!
The view from the bar.
I was quietly trying to keep my vertigo in check!
The Toronto Island airport.
I couldnt get a good picture of them but I could see buildings in Rochester across the lake. So, just like Sarah Palin...I could see America from my lunch!
This military plane going past a couple of times did nothing to encourage a sense of well being. If I had seen it a third time I was getting the heck out of there!
Bread was served with miso and they kindly brought me wheat free crackers.
Goat cheese on braised fennell - the richest goat cheese I have ever had!
An egg poached in pork stock served on carrot slaw of some sort with panchetta and ceasar salad. I found the dishes to be a bit too sweet when they just needed to be savoury. There wasnt a salt shaker in sight and I had a feeling Michael Bonacini would've refused to bring me salt if I had asked for it. I appreciate the purity of great ingredients but c'mon....eggs need salt!
The Suburban Prince's lobster club.
And his mushroom soup.
My birthday dessert.
It was a flourless cake with caramelized bananas, coconut sortbet and a toffee thingy. The sorbet was a refreshing treat on a wintery day but I dont really like bananas and the cake was so-so. But super cute presentation!
The kitchen after the lunch rush.
All in all I dont think I would go to Canoe again for anything other than drinks - the food didnt blow me away like I thought it would even though the service was pretty great. I did notice they kept taking my napkin off my chair, folding it up and putting it on the table, at the left side of my plate, any time I got up from my seat. I think at those prices servers should be taught napkin etiquette.
Hav a fabulous day!