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Received lovely Christmas presents from Andrew since 2010 - gift card at Oliver & Bonacini restaurants. Since I forgot to enjoy the 2010 present, I have the opportunity for enjoying two wonderful Winterlicious meals by spending the two gift cards this year.

Andrew's Xmas Presents

This year's Winterlicious in Toronto ran from Jan 27th to February 9th, the event had over 100 participating Toronto restaurants that dazzled visitors with their 3 course culinary creations. To fully take advantage of the two gift cards, I decided to book dinners at Auberge Du Pommier and Biff’s Bistro.

Dinner at Biff’s Bistro, Jan 29, 2012

Reminiscent of a 1930's Parisian Bistro, Biff's Bistro offers warm, casual dining and robust bistro cuisine. The stylish lounge, featuring a stunning zinc-topped bar, represents pure vintage design, while handsome leather banquettes, warm wood paneling and grand mirrors create a rich, lively dining space.
                                                                                                                                                              quote from Open Table

Biff's Bistro is located in central Toronto downtown area, one and a half blocks east of Union Station and two blocks south of King Station using the subway.  

Menu1 (my choice)
Mixed Organic Greens
Skin Roasted Arctic Char
Medjool Date Cake

Menu2
Cured Albacore Tuna
Boudin Noir
Cateau Aux Amandes

The inside of the restaurant was dimly lit, those food photo were taken with an on camera flash and lights the food from the front. The lighting made the food look flat and boring, and didn't present the beautiful color, texture and shape of the dishes.
 

Mixed Organic Greens
with Blue cheese & winter radish.

A beautiful mix of from-the-ground fresh greens, the vinaigrette adds a fresh taste as well as nutritional boost , blue cheese adds a richness and elegance, all in all to make this a great starter.
Mixed Greens

Mixed Greens


Skin Roasted Arctic Char
with Lentilles du Puy & preserved lemon. Very tasty, rich flavour, I love this dish!
Skin Roasted Arctic Char

Skin Roasted Arctic Char


Medjool Date Cake
The brandy toffee and lemon Chantilly adds very rich flavor to the cake. Although the cake was a bit tough maybe due to storage? This dessert was tasty.
Medjool Date Cake


Cured Albacore Tuna
with Biff's pickles & harissa aioli
A very tasty flavorful starter, although it doesn't look pretty...
Cured Albacore Tuna

Cured Albacore Tuna


Boudin Noir
with semoule & Gruyere. A bit exotic, not a big fan for this dish.
The presentation was unique, although it made me think about a black garbage bag  sitting on some broken cabages... :)
Boudin Noir



Cateau Aux Amandes
with spiced apple compote and Calvados Anglaise
Cateau Aux Amandes

 

Dinner at Auberge Du Pommier , Feb 5 , 2012

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Toronto. Situated in a 19th century cottage, Auberge offers refined and modern interpretations of classic French dishes.

The inside of the restaurant was dimly lit and had a very romantic ambiance to it.  We ordered dinner for two people. The food served is presented beautifully and everything tastes fresh.


Menu 1 (my Choice)

Appetizer: Fruits De Mer
Mains: Gateau De Pomme De Terre
Dessert: Fruits Du Verger

Menu 2
Appetizer: Betteraves Marinees
Mains: Truite Veronique
Dessert: Chocolat Chaud

Those food photos were taken with an on camera flash, the lighting made the food look flat and boring, the actual dishes has much better color, texture and shape.

Fruits De Mer
Mixed seafood, winter citrus, cucumber, soy bean, radish, chili-citrus vinaigrette, lavash


Gateau De Pomme De Terre

potato cake, herb creme fraiche, black truffle coulis, roasted Belgian endive, hazelnut crumble



Fruits Du Verger

poached pear, parmesan cream, caramelized pastry, mulled apple cider


Betteraves Marinees
Marinated beets, minted yogurt, couscous salad, cured black olives, Moroccan spiced vinaigrette


Truite Veronique

rainbow trout, brown butter almonds, red grapes, braised cabbage, tasting of cauliflower


Chocolat Chaud
hot chocolate, marshmallow mousse, French cruller


 

Thank you Andrew for the wonderful presents, we enjoy the tasty food and appreciate your warm wishes. May the Year of the Dragon bring you health, wealth and prosperity!