Jan 31 – Feb 13th 2014
It’s that time of year again – Winterlicious. Yes, it’s cold and cumbersome to go out now and explore those restaurants you’ve always wanted to see but haven’t had the time or the budget. Well the time is now, lets start exploring.
This year my journey starts at the king street social kitchen and bar inside the Hyatt Hotel on King Street. They offer lunch, dinner and awwww a Valentine’s Day menu. If one doesn’t already know how the “licious” system works here’s the lowdown: one must choose one option from each course (usually there are three or four courses) for a set price that ranges from $20 – $40.
My picks from the lunch menu: grilled black tiger prawns – sugary bell peppers, fresh grape tomatoes, red onions, micro greens dressed with a ginger soy reduction; winter greens salad – peppery baby arugula, grainy-sweet roasted pears, orange chili vinaigrette – heightened by crunchy slivered almonds; the vegetarian option is fabulous – braised green lentils, baby spinach grilled vegetables, white bean hummus – sitting on a weightless papadum; and the butter poached B.C lobster poutine dusted with shaved parmesan is a must order! Finishing with a fresh fruit salad and palate cleansing lemon sorbet.
For dinner, I suggest starting out with the roasted red bell pepper bisque drizzled with truffle cream. The sable fish, butter poached, sits over cannellini beans, heirloom carrots in a rich cognac cream is delicate and the interplay between these ingredients, symphonic. To finish, the warm peach crumble and a scope of vanilla bean cream.