Oddly enough we had not been to any of the O and B restaurants mainly due to the fact we try not to go mainstream. This was an anniversary for us, we were undecided on where to go, and our Son told us we should try Jump. I was sceptical.
We arrived on time and were promptly seated. The place was not busy as we wanted an early seating but it picked up as the evening went on.
Upon being seated we were quickly attended to and had the usual bread and water and menus etc. The bread was very tasty and it came with a tomato, garlic and oil spread. More on the service later.
As a surprise, the chef sent over a couple of warm shooters and smoked salmon on crustini that was both pleasant and appreciated.
Starters were Buffalo Mozzarella Salad and the Seared Wellington County Beef Carpaccio. We shared these two and it was immediately apparent that the Buffalo Mozzarella was fresh. The Carpaccio was very good and the horseraddish creme fraiche was not over powering and complimented it well.
The Mrs. ordered the Truffle Ricotta Gnocchi as a main. Made in house and she said it was a joy to get fresh and the taste and texture stands out.
I ordered the Beef Tenderloin on the Bone that arrives with Gorgonzola Blue Cheese Butter on the top. We shared sides of Sweet Potato Fries, Asparagus and Wild Mushroom Ragout. The Beef Tenderloin arrived cooked as ordered and because I love Blue Cheese, it was a nice compliment to the meat. I will be trying to replicate this at home. The sides were excellent but what JUMPed out was the Wild Mushroom Ragout, they were excellent and good value for the money however money was no object this evening.
For dessert we decided to order the Platter for Two. It came with Soma Molten Chocolate cake, Grand Marnier Creme Brulee, White Chocolate Cheesecake and a scoop each of vanilla and chocolate ice cream. This completed an exceptional meal.
What I can tell you about the service is that it was impeccable. With the Sommelier tossed in for good measure, we had no less than 6 different people attending to our needs.
You will recall from above that this was our anniversary. When I booked the reservation, I mentioned this and the young lady making the reservation asked how many years we were together. Not thinking any of it afterwards.
I hope the photo of dessert comes through as when dessert arrived we were very happy. We would recommend Jump as it has something for everyone.
Dinner plus tip and a bottle of inexpensive wine was $300. Quite reasonable.
18 Wellington St. West, Toronto, ON M5L 1G4, CA
Nice review! Sounds like you had a great time (and happy anniversary!). As much as the O&B restaurants are "mainstream", I never hesitate to recommend them because they really do a good job at the whole package. The single biggest thing I appreciate about them (aside from reliably good food) is that they actually TRAIN all of their servers. This becomes apparent even at their casual spots like Oliver and Bonacini Cafe. In a city where good service seems to be a rare commodity, I am grateful that someone cares enough to spend money on training.
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Maybe someone can back this up, but I heard that the bread baker from Thuet's is now with the OB group and does all their breads.
609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA
Happy Anniversary! 28 years - wow... you must let me in on your secret. I always recommend the Mushroom Soup at Jump. I believe it's a consumme (no cream) of six different types of mushrooms. And it's delicious!
Over many years working in the financial district I've had many a great lunch and dinner at Jump, and would not hesitate to recommend it. The service is wonderful, and wecoming, and very willing to accomodate unusual tastes. My only complaint is the noise level - but all "hot" financial district restuatants are like that. If you can afford the extra cost, and can book way in advance, you can get supreme comfort and pampering and you will not have to yell at your dining companions - the pinnacle of O&B experience is at Canoe.