2 RW mini reviews
I went to two restaurant week dinners this year, Rouge Tomate and Maze, both were good experiences, especially the first one and interestingly had similar menues.
I had been to Rouge Tomate once before, early on in the restaurant so I understood that while the food is organic and they do not use sugar or butter the food does not suffer, but I was unprepared for how good the food was. They started us off with nice fresh bread and a cauliflower puree instead of butter which was not missed. I had the gravlox for my starter which was nice and mild, my friend had a curried cauliflower (must have been in season) which was also yummy. We also tried the hummus platter served with flatbread as a side. Great humus, unlike any I have tasted. For mains I had the duck leg and confit succulent but not overwhelmingly rich. My friend enjoyed her full trout (I think) that I tried too. Desserts were my least favorite, as expected because of the no sugar. I did not like my baked apple in a dry brioch but my friends citrus creation was nice and refreshing. Oh there was a lovely amuse bouch that I can not remember, as well as a pre dessert clenser)
The room was lovely and light and the service was appropriate and did not make us feel unconfortable for getting the RW menu, as I was scared they would be because it is a treandy restaurant. They also had a nice wine tasting to go along with the meal that we enjoyed.
I also had cured salmon and duck at Maze, and a friend had the cauliflower soup. But otherwise the places are very different. The room is sleek and clean looking but confortible and the service was also pleasant, if slow. It was empty when we were there so there was no excuse for the lag between meals. The bread and butter were very good, but my salmon was not as good as the one at Rough Tomate, it was a bit bland, overwhelmed by the condiments. My friends enjoyed the cauliflower soup, but it was a bit salty and I thought rich, and I liked the light beef ravioli of my other friend. For manes I enjoyed my duck breast, though it did not blow me away. The beef was nice and eligant (was $10 extra) and my friend enjoyed her risotto. The best part of that meal though were the desserts. I loved my chocolate pudding with stout ice cream, and the chocolate fondont was great too. My friend who had the cheesecake was also perfectly happy.
The drink list was nice, but expensive, I had a good gin mixed drink for $17 and an average Burgundy for the same price. I guess with it being a hotel bar they can get away with it. The one complaint that I read was true, the portions were pretty small. But it was ok as that meant we were not sick at the end of the meal. Though I would have liked more dessert which was rare for me.
In the end I would recommend both placed for the next RW dinner, but Rouge Tomate had more of a special occasion feel and I think is a better restaurant