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Feb 17, 2011 06:01 AM

Splendido Tonight -- Game Tasting?

I'm moving out of Toronto in a couple days and am using the opportunity to finally try Splendido...I've only been here less than a year but have made the most of it foodwise and Splendido is still unchecked.

Anyways, I was wondering what everyone's opinions were on the a la carte menu versus the current winter game tasting menu they have.

88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

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  1. Both are great. The "eggs and bacon" addition to the game menu is a must-have, though with it you definitely won't be going hungry! The game menu plus bacon and egg dish is quite pricey, so your budget may make the decision for you.

    1. Just wanted to say my boyfriend and I had a great experience at Splendido last week. We had the a la carte menu, and started off with an appetizer portion of the Carnaloni risotto. It was rich and creamy, but the rice still had a bit of bite to it, and the speck and bits of pear were delicious. Could've used a bit more pear though to balance the richness.

      For the main, we ordered the lobster, black cod, and scallops to share. It was served on a bed of fennel and bitter greens (I think it was kale?). Amazing! The seafood was perfectly cooked and portions were just right. We would definitely re-order again.

      For dessert, we got the apple cobbler for 2. I wouldn't say it was mind-blowing, but it was a decent desset to finish off the meal.

      Total for 2 cocktails (you get your money's worth IMO because they put a lot of booze in there), app, 2 mains, and 2 desserts came to ~190 incl tax and tips.

      Just as a note, another table ordered the game menu, and we saw them bring out the "eggs and bacon" course. It was served on a hot iron plate, and the smell was mouthwatering!! I flagged down a waiter just to ask about it. Definitely something to try IMO.

      88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

      1. I thought the game-tasting menu was good, but they'll let you order any of the dishes on that menu a la carte too. We ordered one game-tasting, and then cobbled a "tasting" off the a la carte a couple weeks ago. Here are the photos (if you want a spoiler!):

        Off the game tasting menu:
        - I most enjoyed the terrine, in both presentation and taste.
        - I was less impressed by the spectacle of the bacon and egg dish, though it was good. I didn't like the need for the waiter to hover and instruct. Minor quibble.
        - I didn't love the raviolo. My DC did.

        A la carte:
        - I especially liked the ice cream sandwich dessert. Didn't care for the cookie part as much, but the brioche ice cream was extra yummy.
        - The sous-vide trout was really nice as well. I'm a fan of beets, so this was great. Lots of texture, colours, and taste.
        - they had a "perfectly poached egg" special which had a ridiculous amount of truffle in there. Really lovely and the truffle was just right (not overwhelming as it can be sometimes). Rich and decadent.

        I think if you're leaving and never coming back, you'd be better off crafting your own tasting menu. The game tasting is good, but I think Splendido really does lovely composed dishes with vegetables, and you miss that if you had only the game-tasting. I would suggest (based off of the menu from my last meal, so it might have changed a bit):

        - Foie Gras Terrine (game-tasting
        )- Perfectly Poached Egg (if they have it) OR Bacon & Egg (game-tasting menu)
        - B.C. Trout
        - Elk Striploin (game-tasting menu)
        - Ice Cream Sandwich OR Apple Cobbler (for two)

        Depending on what you get, this will either be under or about the same as the game-tasting (I think) and gives you a better breadth of dishes. The only thing missing is some pasta or risotto, and you could get the smaller side portion of something if you wanted to include that. It's all up to your stomach capacity!

        --- -- more photos. less adjectives.

        88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

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        1. re: jlunar

          I have to disagree. My favourite dish was the bacon and eggs. The server instructed us but not in an overbearing way... Instruction is necessary in order to ensure that the egg is cooked perfectly and that the duck gets added at the right moment. I guess some people don't like interactive presentations, but Everyone at our table thought it was fun!
          We all loved the raviolo. Perfectly-cooked pasta, as always at splendido. Liked, but did not love, the terrine (cold leeks are not my thing). The elk and blood sausage was perfectly cooked, but too heavy for us at that point in the meal. Oh, and we started with oysters. Gotta have oysters.

          1. re: myriam5555

            Wanted to clarify: I did enjoy the bacon and eggs, and our server wasn't overbearing at all. Service is usually a very strong point for Splendido and my last visit was fine. I just that they had to be there to instruct and it just felt a bit... much or long. Like I said.. minor quibble, and certainly would depend on the table's mood as well.

            I love the pastas at Splendido, but didn't love the raviolo for whatever reason - the spicing just didn't work for me. But that was just me :)

            88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA