Michael’s on Simcoe


Michaels’s on Simcoe    416. 260.5100     http://www.michaelsonsimcoe.com   closed Sundays
   with iyellowwineclub.com and Veuve Clicquot

Michael’s is almost hidden on Simcoe, given away only by the magical blue light softly emanating from a doors adorned with an emblem.  Down a few stairs and the room opens to a gorgeous long sexy bar.  Tonight iYellow wine club invites winemaker Pierre Casenave to shows off the fruits of his labour with five carefully selected champagnes.  Chef Boris Babic has selected a few dishes from his menu to pair with the bubbly delights. 

A Scampi cake sets itself apart with a colourful corn and avocado salsa making it ideal for Brut Yellow Label.  This wine is delicate, small bubbles balanced by a light vanilla and pear.  Next butternut squash and  plump gnocchi is another highlight, elevated by a sweet, saucy pheasant ragu;  pairs nicely with Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2004.  The wine has brilliant gold colour, aromas of fresh fruit, and later on, notes of hazelnut and fresh butter.  A luminous Veuve Clicquot Rose tastes of strawberry and cherry and is a perfect to sip on its own.   

The full textured long finish of Vintage Veuve Clicquot Rose 2004 makes it ideal for the next courses.  Grainy warm polenta serves as a fluffy bed for rich lamb and beef sausages.    And platter of beef tenderloin joins a buttery bone-in dry aged rib steak and an assortment of sides.  Cool spinach and blackened Brussels sprouts crunch with comfort, however, a fava bean mash and slightly overcooked mushroom risotto are in need of seasoning.   The Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec is ideal for desserts.  The wine has aromas of candied fruits and a hint of praline; the right way to end an evening. 

Overall I had great time.  The room is welcoming and the service is gracious. 
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