Canoe is one of my favourite restaurant in Toronto but sadly my wallet doesn't always agree with my dining habits. Licious a great way to try higher end restaurants in the city without breaking the bank. Canoe is located on the 54th floor of the TD bank tower and offers amazing views, prefect for when you're trying to impress someone with great city views and amazing food. The windows wrap around the whole restaurant and the open kitchen makes the whole restaurant larger in size.
We started off with a Sundried Tomato Chickpea Spread with warm bread.
For appetizers Desi and I got the Cured Rainbow Trout with pickled turnips, marinated radish & crème fraîche.
Manal got Butternut Squash & Ginger Soup with Peekytoe crab, tarragon yoghurt & rye croutons.
Everyone else got the Pressed Maple Braised Willowgrove Pork with heirloom beans, wild mustard & puffed wild rice.
For our entrees Zoe and I got the Torched Heritage Salmon with dinosaur kale, pickled peppers & ancient Algonquin grits.
Jo and Desi both got the Ontario Strip Loin Short Rib with gherkin sour cream & cheesy alliston spuds.
I decided on the Wild Rice Pudding with poached apricot, rose vanilla sauce & pistachio for dessert.
Everyone else got the Three Milk Cake with vanilla mousseline, caramel cream & kernal peanuts.
Overall the meal was fantastic, everything was well cooked and seasoned. My favourite appetizer was the Pressed Maple Pork, it was flavourful and hearty. My cured trout was beautifully presented but lacking in some seasoning. My salmon entree was one of the best Licious entrees I've never had, the salmon sweet and savoury but I wish I got more of the "grits". The Strip loin, in my opinion, was the best entree of the night, tender and the short rib was super rich. I loved my rice pudding dessert.
Canoe is one of my favourite restaurants and I had another fantastic OB meal experience.