If you are looking for something light and flavourful, look no further then Proof The Vodka Bar! This Spanish-influenced restaurant/ bar is located in the InterContinental Toronto Hotel at 220 Bloor Street West. Now allow us to take you into a world filled with exciting, mouthwatering food.
We started the night off with Pan Plano. It was a refreshing take on the bread you would receive as an appetizer. The flat bread was well seasoned with one of my favourite seasonings, Rosemary. I admire a restaurant that can give you this seasoning without it overpowering the actual dish. The Mushrooms and Artichokes gives a nice, earthiness to the Pan Plano that adds the perfect amount of texture.
Ensalada de Hinojo
Next we had the Ensalada de Hinojo. When the plate arrived at our table, I had to stop and stare. I was definitely eating with my eyes. The plate was so colourful and beautiful, not to mention the lovely aroma that was coming from the dish. The slices of Oranges infused with Fennel was a citrus party in my mouth. Honestly, I did not think that these ingredients would have complemented each other well, but I can honestly say that I was DEAD wrong! They even threw Mint into the mix and that was just mind-blowing. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
Keeping with the theme of specialty bread, we had Ajo Camaron. This time instead of Rosemary bread, we had French bread. Again, it was very light and airy. Camille and I shared this meal so the both of us could try one of the Garlic Shrimps. The size of the Garlic Shrimps was perfect! They weren’t too big nor were they too small (I sound like Goldilocks and the 3 Bears). Camille said, “I wish we ordered two of these. They were so good!” I can say that I definitely agree with her.
Ensalada de Cangrejo
Now here’s where it got interesting. We had Ensalada de Cangrejo. It was a Jumbo Lump Crab salad with Avocado. I’m a big Crab lover but I’m not a fan of Avocado. When Camille ordered the dish, I was contemplating about trying it. After a bit of convincing, I decided to try it out. I’m glad I did because I would have been missing out on an amazing food experience. The Avocado was buttery and smooth which I appreciated. And of course the Crab was sweet and succulent.
We couldn’t complete our appetizer meals without having some Bunuelos. Now you know I love spice so when I read that these were Sriracha Fritters, I instantly fell in love. They reminded me of Hushpuppies, which are a Southern-style version of Fritters. We ate our Bunuelos with Proof’s Signature Bang Bang sauce. This was another dish that we should’ve ordered more of. Sheer brilliance!
We couldn’t leave Proof The Vodka Bar without trying their Paella. The Saffron rice was no joke. It was just warm and inviting. Camille and I love vegetables so the mixed vegetables in the Paella were an added bonus. I really enjoyed the fact that we had dinner and it didn’t contain meat. I’m a big meat eater so to have a meatless night was necessary and refreshing. You have to go to Proof The Vodka Bar for a Spanish-influenced alternative!
Check out Proof The Vodka Bar at http://www.proofvodkabar.ca