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Toronto has offered Summerlicious and Winterlicious in the past couple of years. It is a regular special event that offers foodies the chance to dine for less in Toronto’s top restaurants on special prix fixe menus. My sister told me to try it because it’s worth it – the top notch restaurants offer lunch or dinner set menu about one fifth of their regular price. As toronto.com mentions on its website:

“During Summerlicious, more than 130 of Toronto’s top restaurants offer residents and tourists alike the opportunity to sample a wide variety of diverse and innovative cuisine through prix fixe menus. Foodies can dine for a lot less on the specially created lunches and dinners that come complete with promotional prices.

Now in its sixth year, Summerlicious features three-course prix fixe menus priced at $15 or $20 for lunch and $25 or $35 for dinner. Restaurants will begin taking Summerlicious reservations on June 19 and American Express Card members can book early reservations on June 17 and 18.

Vincor Canada returns as a sponsor of the event, featuring wine selections by Niagara’s Inniskillin and Jackson Triggs wineries paired with select menus at participating restaurants.”

So, when Cherry mentioned about having Summerlicious lunch I definitely gamed in. She’s so kind to make arrangement for this lunch, i.e., provided me with three options nearby our office, sent me the menu, and helped to make reservation. I opted for Canoe or Bymark. Last Wednesday she called those three restaurants again and told me that the tables assigned for Summerlicious at Canoe, Bymark, and Epic were already booked. But, she said she would try again Friday morning.

I guessed it’s our lucky day, because around 10AM she called me and said that we got seats available across the bar at Canoe. So, around 12:15PM we walked to TD Centre Building. Canoe is located on the 54th floor of this building.

Canoe Restaurant: Though the restaurant’s name evokes serene images of the Canadian wild, there’s nothing rustic about this haute (it’s on the 54th floor) cuisine. Located in the TD Bank Tower, lunchtime at Canoe is crowded with Bay Street professionals enjoying a wet lunch after a busy morning trading pork bellies. The menu boasts a downright cheeky culinary approach to Canadian regional cuisine with dishes like roast hind of Yukon caribou with a zucchini and sweet cord bread cobbler in a partridge berry jus. Upscale singles flock to Canoe’s bar on Thursday nights to mingle with arty hedonists squandering their recent grant money to enjoy the view and sample the exotic vodka infusions.

 

 

We asked for the Summerlicious menu and didn’t spend much time to decide. *smile* OK, so this is what I chose for my lunch: 

Entrée: Zephyr Farms Organic Chicory & Spinach Salad with Creamed Woolwich Goat Cheese dressing, Sweet & Spicy Niagara Walnuts
Main Course: Roast Corn Fed Breast of Capon with simmered Black Lentils, Sage Crisps & Warm Artichoke Vinaigrette
Dessert: Ontario Strawberry & Toasted Almond Mousseline Cake, Crème Fraîche Ice Cream & White Chocolate

 

And for Cherry:

Entrée: Zephyr Farms Organic Chicory & Spinach Salad with Creamed Woolwich Goat Cheese dressing, Sweet & Spicy Niagara Walnuts
Main Course: Broiled Fillet of Wild White Bass with Crushed Soy Bean & Summer Sweet Pea Hash, Smashed Chili & Gingered Cous Cous
Dessert: Caramelized Meyer Lemon Tart with Basil Meringue & Blueberry Lemon Ripple Ice Cream

 

Before they served the entrée, they served us the taro and wheat bread with sprinkle of almond with delicious garlic dip. I took some pictures from this 54th floor. (I also took pictures of the food, hehehe…)

Everything was so delicious but the service was a bit slow. We chatted during lunch also with the ladies sat beside us – they’re from North Carolina and are on holiday in Toronto. We’ve told them about some places worth to see until their departure on this coming Sunday.

The coffee was very good, strong and fragrant. I didn’t take the biscotti because I was already full. What I like about my lunch selection are the salad (they’re so fresh and the walnut was very tasty and crunchy), the sage crisps (they taste so crisp but look so green and fresh), the juicy roast corn fed breast of Capon (usually the chicken breast is not so juicy), and combined of Ontario strawberry & toasted almond Mousseline cake. Cherry let me try her main course and dessert – they’re so delicious!

Thank you, Cherry! Without your persistent effort I probably wouldn’t have the chance to try this excellent lunch at Canoe with just a fraction of their regular price.

Summerlicious runs until July 20, 2008.

Click here to see the complete pictures.

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  1. food fest … I’m waiting also in jakarta, there will be huge food fest there



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Summerlicious

Toronto has offered Summerlicious and Winterlicious in the past couple of years. It is a regular special event that offers foodies the chance to dine for less in Toronto’s top restaurants on special prix fixe menus. My sister told me to try it because it’s worth it – the top notch restaurants offer lunch or dinner set menu about one fifth of their regular price. As toronto.com mentions on its website:

“During Summerlicious, more than 130 of Toronto’s top restaurants offer residents and tourists alike the opportunity to sample a wide variety of diverse and innovative cuisine through prix fixe menus. Foodies can dine for a lot less on the specially created lunches and dinners that come complete with promotional prices.

Now in its sixth year, Summerlicious features three-course prix fixe menus priced at $15 or $20 for lunch and $25 or $35 for dinner. Restaurants will begin taking Summerlicious reservations on June 19 and American Express Card members can book early reservations on June 17 and 18.

Vincor Canada returns as a sponsor of the event, featuring wine selections by Niagara’s Inniskillin and Jackson Triggs wineries paired with select menus at participating restaurants.”

So, when Cherry mentioned about having Summerlicious lunch I definitely gamed in. She’s so kind to make arrangement for this lunch, i.e., provided me with three options nearby our office, sent me the menu, and helped to make reservation. I opted for Canoe or Bymark. Last Wednesday she called those three restaurants again and told me that the tables assigned for Summerlicious at Canoe, Bymark, and Epic were already booked. But, she said she would try again Friday morning.

I guessed it’s our lucky day, because around 10AM she called me and said that we got seats available across the bar at Canoe. So, around 12:15PM we walked to TD Centre Building. Canoe is located on the 54th floor of this building.

Canoe Restaurant: Though the restaurant’s name evokes serene images of the Canadian wild, there’s nothing rustic about this haute (it’s on the 54th floor) cuisine. Located in the TD Bank Tower, lunchtime at Canoe is crowded with Bay Street professionals enjoying a wet lunch after a busy morning trading pork bellies. The menu boasts a downright cheeky culinary approach to Canadian regional cuisine with dishes like roast hind of Yukon caribou with a zucchini and sweet cord bread cobbler in a partridge berry jus. Upscale singles flock to Canoe’s bar on Thursday nights to mingle with arty hedonists squandering their recent grant money to enjoy the view and sample the exotic vodka infusions.

 

 

We asked for the Summerlicious menu and didn’t spend much time to decide. *smile* OK, so this is what I chose for my lunch: 

Entrée: Zephyr Farms Organic Chicory & Spinach Salad with Creamed Woolwich Goat Cheese dressing, Sweet & Spicy Niagara Walnuts
Main Course: Roast Corn Fed Breast of Capon with simmered Black Lentils, Sage Crisps & Warm Artichoke Vinaigrette
Dessert: Ontario Strawberry & Toasted Almond Mousseline Cake, Crème Fraîche Ice Cream & White Chocolate

 

And for Cherry:

Entrée: Zephyr Farms Organic Chicory & Spinach Salad with Creamed Woolwich Goat Cheese dressing, Sweet & Spicy Niagara Walnuts
Main Course: Broiled Fillet of Wild White Bass with Crushed Soy Bean & Summer Sweet Pea Hash, Smashed Chili & Gingered Cous Cous
Dessert: Caramelized Meyer Lemon Tart with Basil Meringue & Blueberry Lemon Ripple Ice Cream

 

Before they served the entrée, they served us the taro and wheat bread with sprinkle of almond with delicious garlic dip. I took some pictures from this 54th floor. (I also took pictures of the food, hehehe…)

Everything was so delicious but the service was a bit slow. We chatted during lunch also with the ladies sat beside us – they’re from North Carolina and are on holiday in Toronto. We’ve told them about some places worth to see until their departure on this coming Sunday.

The coffee was very good, strong and fragrant. I didn’t take the biscotti because I was already full. What I like about my lunch selection are the salad (they’re so fresh and the walnut was very tasty and crunchy), the sage crisps (they taste so crisp but look so green and fresh), the juicy roast corn fed breast of Capon (usually the chicken breast is not so juicy), and combined of Ontario strawberry & toasted almond Mousseline cake. Cherry let me try her main course and dessert – they’re so delicious!

Thank you, Cherry! Without your persistent effort I probably wouldn’t have the chance to try this excellent lunch at Canoe with just a fraction of their regular price.

Summerlicious runs until July 20, 2008.

Click here to see the complete pictures.

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  1. food fest … I’m waiting also in jakarta, there will be huge food fest there



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