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Blacktree Menu Question

Charles Yu Aug 1, 2011 04:00 PM

Rather than ordering a la carte, any fellow chowhounder requested and tried a ' Blacktree Tasting Menu'??!! If so, how many courses and how much?!
Thx in advance!

3029 New St, Burlington, ON L7N, CA

  1. justpete Aug 2, 2011 03:48 PM

    Blacktree is on the top of my list of places to visit... it's rather unfortunate they don't do a tasting menu, but it won't stop me from going!

    3029 New St, Burlington, ON L7N, CA

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      Apprentice Aug 2, 2011 02:29 PM

      Yes no tasting menu but go anyway - with an open mind and playful spirit. Not every dish will be a homerun but one should be able to applaud the effort and inventiveness.

      1. cynalan Aug 2, 2011 02:15 PM

        Hi Charles,

        Estufarian is correct. The only time that I had a tasting menu at Blacktree was when the restaurant was bought out for a special function - the Small Winemaker's Club several months ago. (Tried bear for the first time!) The restaurant is simply too small to be able to plan and do prep for a tasting menu. I am a regular customer and other than a special function have not had the pleasure. Never the less, do yourself a favour and go. You will not be disappointed. This restaurant is one of my all-time favourites and without hesitation I would identify it as one of the best in Ontario.

        3029 New St, Burlington, ON L7N, CA

        1. estufarian Aug 2, 2011 05:59 AM

          This is a small place (and kitchen) and I'm sure that portion sizes are prepped ahead of time - hence difficult to 'downsize' portions or to prepare extra dishes.
          I am aware that he has done a tasting menu for a restaurant buy-out when the entire restaurant was 'purchased' - but not sure that's what you want!

          Realistically I don't think it would happen - even for a special customer! I had a party of 6 (3 couples) who ordered a la carte and each couple swapped plates to essentially have multiple half-portions; and that's probably the easiest way if participants are 'friendly'.

          And I think it's worth it - even without a tasting menu (and I'm friendly)!

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            Charles Yu Aug 2, 2011 04:25 PM

            Hello Chow-friend,
            The times you ate there, did you BYOB? What's their corkage? How's their wine selection? Any good white by the glass?

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              estufarian Aug 2, 2011 07:40 PM

              They're not licensed for BYOB.
              Mostly I've been with friends, so we typically go by-the-bottle. Selection is probably the best in the area - but if in Toronto would be 'good' rather than exceptional.

              1. re: Charles Yu
                cynalan Aug 3, 2011 01:19 PM

                I have a real affinity for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (SB). I love the grassy, herbal overtones of the region. To give you a frame of reference, Cloudy Bay, Oyster Bay, Kim Crawford are a few of my everyday favourites. At Blacktree, I discovered another SB from a small winery that was new to me...Appleby Lane, from the Marlborough region. I enjoyed it so much that I bought a couple of cases when i attend the Small Winemakers Club dinner. Blacktree serves this one by the glass.

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              ace123 Aug 1, 2011 08:40 PM

              I was there 2 weeks ago. I called and requested tasting menu. The chef said he did not do tasting menu. But with the amuse, sorbet and truffle, he mentioned it's multi courses and similar to a tasting menu.

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