My mistake during Summerlicious. Place was a frigging zoo filled with shorts, flip flops and feet in need of pedicures. Was expecting a pleasant, quiet, romantic dinner for our 27th. Next summer, Splendido, one of the few good Toronto restaurants which does not partake in Summerlicious. As I said, it was my mistake. Should have stuck with my original thought, our beloved Le Select Bistro.
Last night, Canoe felt like The Keg. Food was excellent, service was good, wine service was good, too. The sommelier, who we know quite well, was very knowledagble and friendly as usual and they were generous with Pommery Champagne and wine parings, all on the house. So, can't have too many complaints. But, as this is among the best Canada has to offer, hmmm. The servers and both sommeliers were very frustrated with the number of people. Must have been 40 people in the kitchen.
Maybe we were spoiled after the world class dinner extravanganza and the best service I've ever received at Jean Georges last week in Manhattan. No pretension, just genius in food design and presentation and flawless elegance in execution. It made Canoe look like amateurs.
Dinner for two with tax, wine (a superb CDP -- Senechaux) and tip. $450.
Excellent Foie Gras and Venison. Girl had Oysters and wonderful duck. Cheese plate was much improved over the last time there (great Quebec cheeses). Last time, the plate was embarrassing for a 'world class' restaurant.