- Simon Majumdar May 25, 2004 08:23 AM
A short notice trip to Toronto saw me have lunch at Brassau, a drinkie at Cafe Nervosa and then supper with the good folks from Indigo at a new ( to me anyway ) place called Nectar on Wellington St. I think it has been open about 9 months
I arrived a little early and the barman made an exemplary martini with Tanq 10 which set things off to a good start, by the time the rest of the group arrived, I was well into my second.
The room is long and narrow, but beautifully designed and the service is spot on, perhaps the best I have encountered in Toronto, attentive without being too formal.
The cooking of David Adjey is predicated on primarily regional ingredients. His foie comes from a small producer in Ontario, the lamb is local, the seafood as local as he can get. Once he has these ingredients, he does not make the mistake of pissing around with them too much.
We began with
Lobster Croquettes with a vegetable etoffe and a yellow pepper remoulade
Pan seared foie with roasted figs and pepper cress
hand made cavatelli with mushroom bolognese and dolce gorgonzola
Of these my foie was the winner. Seared perfectly and almost melting inside. The roasted figs worked as a great counterpoint. I was a lot less taken with the pasta which was bland. The remoulade with the lobster was worth a try to
Main courses were pretty substantial too.
Quebec Duck breast ( served pink ) and confit leg
Strip steak with bernaise
Ontario farm lamb served grilled ( leg ) roasted ( loin ) and braised ( shoulder )
Again, I thought my lamb was the best of the bunch. Real flavour although one of our group in true North American form found it "too gamey" The steak was so-so but the duck confit was spot on, crisp skin and soft flesh.
We shared a tasting plate of four desserts,
Flourless choccy cake with dark choc ice cream
All perfectly fine
We drank a very passable bottle of Ramonet with the meal
Throughout, the service was spot on ( not always the case with such a young hip waitstaff ) and both napkin and mint tea tests were aced. The mint tea test in particular was bitch slapped with us being presented with delightful glasses stuffed with fresh mint and a big pot of boiling water
It was not cheap (CAN$110 per person = £40, I think ) but good value and I would certainly recommend it if you are in Toronto in future
Thanks for the review. Have been a bit curious about the place after seeing it featured on the Food Network program, Opening Soon, which shows the trials and tribulations of people trying to open up a new restaurant. Good to get a perspective on the place after seeing the inside story of its startup.
In fact, Food Network is replaying the episode this Friday May 30 at 7pm and 9pm and Sun May 30 at 2pm.