Not sure if people are aware but Urbanspoon has been taken over by Zomato, another restaurant informational giant. At first I was a little apprehensive; I mean the Urbanspoon community has always felt like a second family to me. But then a dinner was organized and I was invited. It was time to meet my new Zomato team and greet a group food bloggers for the first time at a Michael’s on Simcoe. Sometimes it’s nice not know a single person at the dinner table. One of my favorite things is meeting people for the first time, being forced to introduce myself. To some this can be an intimidating, but to me it’s an exciting experience.
Tonight we sampled 7 dishes off the menu. But first we got to meet with executive chef Derek Von Raesfeld, who taught us a thing or two about dry-aging meat and the local and US farms from which he sources his proteins. As thankful as I am to be here, surrounded by foodies, the venue again disappoints. Not so much with the food, but with the rude service. The servers (not all) are on a high horse – attitude – you think you’re at a high end fashion boutique or something.
Topped with earthy truffle, the Dry aged beef carpaccio is pleasant on the palate, however looks oddly prepared wrapped around arugula, alongside shaved parmesan in a lemon truffle dressing. Imported creamy Burrarta is clean tasting, cleverly combined with toasted spiced bread crumbs and eggplant in a cherry tomato caponata. Fregola di Sarda is a medley of comfort ingredients: fresh clams steamed in rich spiced fish stew with toasted pasta pearls.
Grilled USDA prime striploin is sliced, though is desperate need of seasoning – sautéed garlic and chili rappini do little to help. Roasted organic half chicken roti is a tad dry, which wasnt a problem once it was served with sautéed Brussels sprouts with bacon, apple and onion. Lobster gnocchi fresh from N.S are dense, sinking (if they could) chili and tomato Sofrito.
Dessert is a delightful Affogato:Tahittian vanilla ice cream with rum spiked espresso shot and house made biscotti.
Best thing about evening is knowing I have a new family to learn about, grow, support and be supported. I love social media, blogging about food and how close everyone and anyone can become because of it. Those who do not embrace this new way of communicating will certainly fall behind. But don’t worry you… there will always be social media addict pushing you along to jump on the band wagon, cause we are all so much closer now! It’s like the world is your family. The good, the harsh and the support. #lovemyearthfamily