Perigee, Susur, or ???
I've heard great press about both these restaurants.
However, I've noted that chowhounds have had both positive and negative experiences at both of these establishments. I'm looking for a special event dinner for two and I'm wondering if you guys could help me with a head to head comparison of these two restaurants.
Alternatively, are there any other recommendations for an omakase style meal? I'm not a wine connoisseur by any means, but I would be interested in hearing opinions on their ability to pair wines as well.
Thanks in advance!
I have been to Susur only once, and found it hyped and precious - inventiveness can be overdone. I would not go back. On the other hand, I've been to Perigee numerous times, and have had there the best meal of my life. They're not always up to that exacting standard, but hey! Susur isn't even close to it.
I'm firmly in the Susur camp (which doesn't help you much).
I found the wines at Perigee to be VERY poorly chosen - and their wine list is dismal. The food is OK - but hardly outstanding. Susur has a far better wine list - but doesn't provide food and wine pairings. And the wine pairings at Perigee were bizarre and didn't particularly match the dishes (to be fair, one of the wines was excellent - but didn't go at all with the dish it was served with).
My best experience at food and wine matching has been at Truffles at the Four Seasons - and it's no more expensive than either of the two restaurants above. And the service at Truffles is easily the best in Toronto. OK It's more formal and less experimental but I've been there twice recently (as well as Susur and Perigee) and my only criticism is that the menu was 'safe' rather than 'exciting'.
My vote is for Perigee. Susur is great, but it comes with a few caveats. First, you might find that the reverse order of courses isn't for you. It certainly doesn't work for everyone, and that is a quick way to ruin an important evening. Susur also comes with a healthy dose of attitude which I find unappealing.
Perigee is new, hot, and serving some absolutely stellar food. The room is gorgeous, if a bit over-the-top. I've also found the sommelier at Perigee to be especially easy to deal with (and extremely knowledgable).
Wherever you end up though, between those two places, you're almost certain to have one helluva a memorable meal.
I concur! If the dinner is special, Perigee's set-up around the cooking space is more intimate. Susur's is a little austere. The wine pairings is not only appropriate and affordable at Perigee, but the wine steward is knowledgeable and very helpful. Perigee is definitely the best value for money if food and the theatre of cooking is what you find appealing. Your guest will be impressed for sure!