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Scaramouche Lobsterlicious - Any reports?

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fortheloveoffood Jan 21, 2009 09:15 AM

Going tonite and wondering if anyone has any reports of their experience and/pr recommendations? Already read the review from the National Post. TIA!

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    The Prowler Feb 11, 2009 12:35 PM

    I actually made the poached lobster dish for my family last week. It was very well received. Bought the lobster at St. Lawrence Market and had them cook it for me as recommended in the article. Only took 10 minutes. As the author says make sure to have them under cook it a bit as mine came out a bit soggy from the bag with the butter in it. I also used broccoflower (a combination of cauliflower and broccoli) as I believe broccoli has more flavour. The myer lemon sauce is amazing. I am going to try it as a marinade for chicken.

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      phoenikia Jan 28, 2009 08:40 AM

      Has anyone been yet? Which 1st course and which 2nd course did you select?

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        fortheloveoffood Jan 28, 2009 09:33 AM

        Sorry I did not have a chance to report back... a qucik review:
        We ate in the pasta bar. Service was friendly and efficient. We were informed that we could either order entirely from the Lobsterlicious menu or we could get the same dishes a la carte. We opted for the full on lobster experience. I started with the shrimp salad which was light and refreshing. My DC had the scallop risotto which she also found quite nice. For mains, I had the butter poached lobster which while not terribly exciting, was cooked well and was not overly rich. The portion was also quite large. My DC had the grilled lobster which she also enjoyed. As it was a sort of "business dinner" we did not have too much time to discuss the merits of the meal, and I didn't really evaluate it to any great extent. I can say that for $52pp it was a fantastic deal. We both opted for the hazelnut parfait for dessert which was good as well. I am always a sucker for the coconut cream pie and now that Joanne Yolles is back, I would have loved to try it (should have??), but I was so full from dinner that I opted for the parfait... Next time for sure!

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          phoenikia Jan 28, 2009 09:50 AM

          Thanks fortheloveoffood- great review;)

          How strong was the bacon flavour in the poached lobster dish? I'm leaning towards starting with the scallop risotto, followed by the grilled lobster, and finishing with the coconut cream pie, if I decide to go with the prix fixe.

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            fortheloveoffood Jan 28, 2009 10:31 AM

            Thanks!
            You could defnitely taste the bacon flavour in the butter sauce, but it wasn't overwhelming.
            Yours sounds like good choices to me - enjoy!

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              Splendid Wine Snob Jan 28, 2009 02:26 PM

              I agree that the bacon flavour wasn't overwhelming but the cauliflower puree was fabulous.

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          estufarian Jan 28, 2009 01:01 PM

          I had the soup to start - probably the best dish of the evening.
          The poached lobster was excellent but the grilled was a little overcooked - not to the point of rubber but still a bit chewy. if you're there on a busy night I'd recommend the poached.
          And the coconut cream pie was as light as ever - but a huge portion meant that I was a bit bored with it. Share one serving between two (or more).
          We were given the choice between the restaurant and pasta bar, but had to vacate the table in 2.5 hours (not a problem - the pacing was excellent and we were out in 2 hours.

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            Splendid Wine Snob Jan 28, 2009 02:23 PM

            Sorry for the late reply, I wanted to weigh in on my experience as well.

            Went with 3 friends-I had the shrimp salad which I really enjoyed. The flavours were fresh and I was really craving some fruit so that made the difference. Two friends had the scallop/risotto starter which I thought was the standout dish-the risotto was perfectly executed (nice chalky centre grain), and the other friend had the bisque, which while good, was a little too salty for my taste.

            All four of us opted for the butter poached lobster as the main and everyone was generally happy. Myself and another friend found the texture and cooking lacking (some pieces being slightly overcooked)-so some inconsistency there but I am not going to be a "stickler" here (especially at that price). I agree with fortheloveoffood that the portion was quite generous given the price point.

            For dessert 2 creme brulees, and 2 coconut cream pies-both delicious.

            Interesting that you had a time limit imposed on your table estufarian-that did not happen to us. I actually made a point of clarifying that we were doing the lobsterlicious menu and wanted a table in the main dining room upon making the reso. We were given a wonderful table with no time limit. There was a "flub" in the wine order however, which was the only hiccup of the night. Total bill was $509 (after tax, before tip) including 4 glasses of cremant, 2 bottles of wine, 2 digestifs.

            Great service as always-overall a great experience.

            SWS

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              phoenikia Jan 29, 2009 05:08 AM

              Thanks for your comments, estufarian & SWS.

              Estufarian, I appreciate the suggestion to share the coconut cream pie- I'll keep that it mind. I want to try a bite of the pie, since I've heard so much about it, but I'm not usually a big fan of creamy desserts. I'm a little surprised that all 3 desserts in the prix fixe would have such a strong cream element.

              SWS, good to hear the risotto was stand-out;)

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                phoenikia Jan 29, 2009 08:48 PM

                I decided to go with the scallop & risotto, poached lobster and coconut cream pie, whereas my dining companions chose the bisque to start. 4 of my companions ordered the grilled lobster, and one ordered the lobster pasta. They all loved the dishes they ordered.

                I found the bacon flavour in the butter sauce that accompanied the poached lobster a little strong for my taste, and I'm not sure I'd want to try the same combination of flavours again, but I did enjoy the lobster which was perfectly cooked.

                The coconut cream pie was my first experience with coconut cream pie. I really liked the crust, but I guess I'm not much of a coconut cream pie kind of person. It was a huge portion, as Estufarian mentioned. My 5 companions love coconut cream pie, especially this version, and had no trouble finishing the large portion.

                The service was alright, but not as good as I expected, considering this was Scaramouche. Our water glasses were never refilled throughout the course of dinner, and it was sometimes difficult to get the attention of our waiter. I wasn't sure if the service would have been a little better if we ordered off the regular menu.

                All in all, I was happy with the food, and I will most likely return to Scaramouche in the future.

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                  Derksen Feb 11, 2009 07:05 AM

                  The SO and I went last night for an early seating.

                  An amuse was brought to us consisting of a parmigiano profiterole with some smoked chicken, micro greens, and a light vinaigrette. Nice, light and tasty!

                  The SO started with the shrimp salad which she enjoyed, but I found a little on the simple side (I’m not a salad guy though). I had the scallop with the meyer lemon and chive risotto. The risotto was beautiful with a noticeable chive and meyer lemon flavour. Worked very well with the scallops. Mmm. Wish I had leftovers of that dish! Both portions were an appropriate appetizer size.

                  For the mains, we both had the butter poached lobster. There was a nice amount of lobster, and the meat was well cooked and tasty but the tail meat was a little chewy. There wasn’t a strong butter flavour to the lobster. The accompanying fennel and puntarelle were light additions. The cauliflower puree was a nice touch. The bacon butter sauce didn’t make much sense to me. It was on the perimeter of the plate, and I did my best to avoid it with the lobster. It was a bold flavour, and I personally found it was too strong for the lobster. I couldn’t get much ‘lobster flavour’ if the bacon butter was in the same bite. The SO didn’t feel the same way about the bacon butter as I did. I mopped up the butter with the veg, and ate the lobster separately.

                  To dessert…. The SO had the coconut cream pie. It was good. Nothing that blew my mind. A solid coconut cream pie. I had the vanilla crème brulee with the raspberry gelato. The crème brulee was very nice, but quite large. Too large IMO (as was the pie). Maybe it was due to having such a rich meal, and finishing with a rich heavy desert. The gelato was very good, tasting of fresh raspberries. I would have been happier with a couple scoops of this in different flavours rather than the ginormous brulee. I think I would have felt better later on as well. I was dying with all of the rich food inside of me!

                  Overall, a very nice meal. I would recommend it to a friend. Total with 2 glasses of pinot noir, 2 glasses of cava, tea, and espresso was $178+tip.

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                    exquisite Feb 11, 2009 01:01 PM

                    I was there last night as well.

                    The amuse had an onion-y smell to it and since I don't eat raw onions, they quickly brought me a goat cheese amuse, which was delish.

                    I had the bisque to start, where as my companion had the risotto. Someone mentioned it was salty (above). I eat fairly bland at home but I did not think it was salty for a bisque. I liked the touch of basil oil with it. My companion enjoyed the risotto as well.

                    For mains, I had poached whereas my companion had grilled. I enjoyed mine, and I agree with Derksen that it was slightly on the chewier side, but no biggie. I enjoyed the vegetables and cauliflower puree. On the bacon butter issue, I actually didn't mind it. The companion enjoyed his grilled one, but again I think it was a bit on the chewier side for the tail.

                    For dessert, I got the coconut cream pie, and the companion got the hazelnut partfait. Both of them were enjoyed, but I couldn't finish the pie as it was big. I enjoyed that it was on a lighter side as opposed to heavy in terms of the consistency of cream on the pie.

                    Service was fantastic. I don't know why I never made it out to Scaramouche before. Anyway when we first arrived, we were slightly confused by where we were, just because of where the restaurant is located. But it's nice inside, the view is amazing and overall a great dinner.

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          2Nappa Jan 21, 2009 04:12 PM

          Please let us know how the Lobsterlicious at Scaramouche turns out. I've made a reservation for Feb 4th. There was an article in last Saturday's National Post that said it was pretty good. Let us know what you ate and if you would recommend the items you ate or another item off of the Lobsterlicious menu. Thanks!

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            millygirl Jan 21, 2009 05:14 PM

            Pretty good? Not to be nitpicky but I believe she said it was not to be missed.
            We were going to go, but then decided on a Saturday night instead. Unfortunately we won't be doing the lobsterlicious as I understand it's weekdays only.

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              torontofoodiegirl Jan 21, 2009 05:32 PM

              The Post article:

              http://www.nationalpost.com/story.htm...

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