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Jan 30, 2008 06:17 PM

Winterlicious at Mistura

Had dinner tonight at this lovely restaurant. It was the first, but not the last visit for any of the people in my party. Service was attentive but not aggressive, food was fantastic. Risotto with Radicchio, Toasted Walnut and Vincotto, Barolo Braised Beef Brisket with Soft Polenta and Pine Nut and Honey Tart with Vanilla Creme Anglaise. My dining companions were similarly impressed.

I don't know what it's like when Winterlicious is not on, but based on tonight, it must be off the hook.

265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

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  1. Thank you for posting this. We are going next week. Can't wait!

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    1. re: blue bike

      Mistura is my #1 fav resto in Toronto, bar none!!!

      1. re: millygirl

        I'm going on Saturday night, I'll report back.

        1. re: paper_bag_princess

          What's the verdict, Princess? I'm going tonight! Thanks.

    2. Went to Mistura for Winterlicious. This was my first time at Mistura and now I have a new favourite restaurant! Everything was perfect. Ambiance, service, food.
      I had the chestnut soup and my friend had the risotto. We tasted each other's dishes and could not decide which one is best. The risotto had a lovely caramelized onion flavour and it was cooked at the right softness. My soup was creamy, but not heavy, with chestnut pieces and a very subtle smoky flavour.
      Mains: my friend had the beef brisket with soft polenta and I opted for the salmon with fennel, oranges and olives. Beef is not my favourite so I didn't taste it but my friend liked it a lot. I rarely order salmon because not too many places get it right. However, I knew Mistura would. It had a nice crust on the out side and was moist and buttery on the inside. The combination of the shaved fennel with thinly sliced orange rind was very refreshing and complemented the salmon very well.
      For deserts we split and sour cherry and almond cake and the pine nut tart. It was a tie again. The tart shell was very light and flavourful. The sour cherry and almond cake came in a cup with sour cherries at the bottom, mouse and cake cubes on top. Lovely combination.
      It was Tuesday night and the placed was packed. We had the 6:30 pm seating and we finished at 8 pm. We did not feel rushed or overlooked in any way. The server was friendly, jolly and attentive. And let's not forget the bread basket - the cheese sticks were out of this world - puffy, cheesy, spicy.
      I can't wait to go back soon to try their regular menu. The table beside us ordered lamb and it looked awesome.

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      1. re: blue bike

        Thanks blue bike! It all sounds delicious! I'm now very excited about tonight...

      2. I went to Mistura for the last evening of Winterlicious. My companion and I both had the risotto - absolutely lovely. I haven't had risotto of this calibre anywhere else in Toronto. I then had the salmon main, which was delicious but slightly overdone, in my opinion; my friend had the cornish hen, which we agreed was a superior dish.
        I then had the Pine Nut and Honey Tart - wow! My friend was equally impressed with the cake soaked in Amaretto.

        Altogether, we were super impressed with the service, and with the food. The room is gorgeous as well.

        1. There must be two restaurants named Mistura in Toronto. The one I went to Davenport for a regular dinner last month was mediocre and was surprisingly expensive. The service was very nice, but for their prices, it doesn't substitute for top end food.

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          1. re: wordsworth

            Me two, but for Winterlicious (chestnut soup , brisket, almond cake with cherries- dessert I liked a lot. Should have had the salmon and salad). Menu read better than it ate. Furthermore, what I had gave me more gas than in Alberta)

            Didn't like the gloomy cool room. Thought that the food went well with the two raucous tables of stock salesmen? I liked staff so much that i wanted them to be dinner companions.

            1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

              Me three. Mistura is okay, but not worthy of the acclamations it receives here. Oh well. Good tv publicity makes a restaurant full I guess.

              1. re: Googs

                I went for Winterlicious last Saturday night. The place was packed despite our 9:15 pm reservation.

                I had the risotto which was divine, one of the best I have had. I also had the beef brisket which I found to be quite boring. My companions had the chicken which was also proclaimed to be underwhelming and the shrimp in tomato sauce which was just average.

                The desserts were quite good, the pine nut and honey tart was great and the flourless chocolate cake was good as well.

                I enjoyed the meal but was disappointed in my main course. I don't know if I would go back considering the regular prices.

                1. re: paper_bag_princess

                  Wow, not to discount your experience or anything, however it really amazes me how anyone could possibly be disappointed by a meal at Mistura. We've always found the service stellar and food to be excellent. Although I must clarify, I've never been during winter/summerlicious and I will be glad when it's over. After all the negative and inconsistent meals that CH'ers have posted about this past month it only confirms my vow to stay away. Sorry folks, I know a few people will disagree vehemently but in my books, it's for amateurs.

                  1. re: millygirl

                    millygirl, my experience wasn't during Winterlicious.

                    1. re: Googs

                      I didn't assume that it was but thanks for the clarification. And, with all due respect Googs I would like to point out that Mistura has been packing them in for many years now - on a nightly basis - long before Restaurant Makeover ever came along and without hesitation, I'm pretty certain that their regular clientel are not the ones watching RM.