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merlot143 Jul 3, 2009 12:11 PM

Usually I avoid Summerlicious but decided to try it since I live not too far. This was the first day for it, and I had a really nice lunch for $20. The starter was a cold beet soup with balsamic gelatin cubes which was sweet and refreshing. For the main, I decided on the skirt steak, twice-cooked. It came with a small salad and potato sticks (haystacks). The meat was really tender -- the server explained that they cook it sous-vide for for hours then pan sear. The dessert was the highlight. I had the Eton Mess, which is a black pepper raspberry soup with sweet cream and meringue. The sweetness of the topping really complemented the tanginess of the soup.
It's the same menu with a few additions for dinner.
I've heard so many horror stories about Summerlicious, I was hesitant about going, but I had a nice experience. The staff were very accomodating, even if it was obvious people were dining there just because of Summerlicious.

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    jrabbit2727 Jul 3, 2009 02:54 PM

    Thanks for posting. I'm going on July 18th and looking forward. I too have never done the Summerlicious thing...but the Globe menu looked good and I've never been.

    Curious - were you with a companion and if so, what did they have?

    I don't eat dairy or meat, so would be interested in some of the other options.

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      merlot143 Jul 3, 2009 07:58 PM

      Unfortunately it looked like a lot of the dishes, from appetizer to dessert, had dairy ex. cream or cheese. I had lunch alone, so I can't tell you about the other dishes. Even the beet soup had a taste-worthy cream dollop on top. If I didn't have my steak, I would have had the lobster salad, which is a la carte, not Summerlicious. It was a nicoise salad with lobster and bit of other seafood and looked very tasty from where I sat.

      1. re: jrabbit2727
        robgm Jul 3, 2009 08:27 PM

        specialty menus for vegans or vegetarians or allergies are hard for chefs to create for these mega-food festivals

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          jrabbit2727 Jul 4, 2009 09:08 AM

          Not really looking for a speciality menu - I know how hard it is to request this during a promotion. All I hope is that they can leave out any dairy - eg - the beet soup without the dollop of cream would work just fine for me.

          When I called to reserve I specifically asked if they were open to this kind of thing and the person on the phone said yes.....I guess we will see in 2 weeks!

          1. re: jrabbit2727
            foodyDudey Jul 5, 2009 08:32 AM

            Have you looked Globe's Summerlicious menu? I think you will be able to find something you can eat on that menu.


            Summerlicious Menu

            $20 Lunch
            plus taxes and gratuity

            New Farms Beet Gazpacho (vegetarian)
            Kozlik’s triple crunch chantilly, compressed cucumber, white balsamic jelly
            or
            Organic Baby Carrot Salad (vegetarian)
            Parsley leaves, chili cashews, ginger raisin coulis
            or
            Dry Aged Ontario Beef Carpaccio
            Smoked cocoa rub, herb salad, Fifth Town Fellowship goat’s cheese

            Cumbrae’s Twice Cooked Skirt Steak
            Smoked haystack potatoes, pickled shallot, grape tomato, organic spinach, Geai Bleu butter
            or
            Seared Arctic Char
            Double smoked bacon, haricots verts, tomato concassé, aged sherry vinaigrette, lemon long pepper dust
            or
            Northern Woods Mushroom Tart (vegetarian)
            Eggplant caviar, Quebec chèvre, filberts, scallion baby arugula salad, orange essence

            “Eton Mess” (vegetarian)
            Ontario strawberries, baked meringue, Grand Marnier cream, black pepper soup
            or
            Dark Chocolate Torte (vegetarian)
            Meadowview honey, smoked chili mousse
            or
            Crème Fraiche Panna Cotta (vegetarian)
            Niagara apricot compote, pistachio dust

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            $35 Dinner
            plus taxes and gratuity

            New Farms Beet Gazpacho (vegetarian)
            Kozlik’s triple crunch chantilly, compressed cucumber, white balsamic jelly
            or
            Organic Baby Carrot Salad (vegetarian)
            Parsley leaves, chili cashews, ginger raisin coulis
            or
            Dry Aged Ontario Beef Carpaccio
            Smoked cocoa rub, herb salad, Fifth Town Fellowship goat’s cheese
            or
            Maple Smoked Lake Erie Whitefish
            Fresh pea dandelion slaw, Niagara Ice Wine vinaigrette

            Cumbrae’s Twice Cooked Skirt Steak
            Smoked haystack potatoes, pickled shallot, grape tomato, organic spinach, Geai Bleu butter
            or
            Seared Arctic Char
            Double smoked bacon, haricots verts, tomato concassé, aged sherry vinaigrette, lemon long pepper dust
            or
            Northern Woods Mushroom Tart (vegetarian)
            Eggplant caviar, Quebec chèvre, filberts, scallion baby arugula salad, orange essence
            or
            Crusted Ontario Duck Breast
            Thunder Oak celery root gratin, zucchini, purple basil shoots, Cherry Avenue Farms cinnamon cherry relish

            “Eton Mess” (vegetarian)
            Ontario strawberries, baked meringue, Grand Marnier cream, black pepper soup
            or
            Dark Chocolate Torte (vegetarian)
            Meadowview honey, smoked chili mousse
            or
            Crème Fraiche Panna Cotta (vegetarian)
            Niagara apricot compote, pistachio dust

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              jrabbit2727 Jul 5, 2009 06:23 PM

              Appreciate your help - but I don't eat dairy and most if not all of the things you indicated as vegetarian have butter, cream or cheese in them.

              That said - I don't expect it to be a problem - most restos are good about leaving out the cream etc when asked unless its pre prepared.

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        eatravel Jul 5, 2009 08:07 AM

        I had nearly the same meal, but with the panna cotta for dessert. I really enjoyed it, and also found the staff to be really great.

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