On the 38th Floor of the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toula has the picturesque view of the beautiful Toronto harbour. With a 360 degree view of the waterfront, this restaurant was one of our picks for Summerlicious 2019!
As Friday, July 19th was one of the hottest days of the summer thus far, Toula’s Panzanella appetizer was the perfect refresher! The creamy Mozzarella on top of the Heirloom Tomatoes complimented each other very well. I made sure to get a bit of everything: Mozzarella, Heirloom Tomatoes, Red Onion and Crusty Bread on to my fork and can I tell you that it was like a party in my mouth! The Balsamic drizzle was the icing on the cake for this bright appetizer.
Mussels & Lobster
Not only was this appetizer appealing to the eye, but the Lobster on top of the Mussels almost stole the show. The Toasted Breadcrumbs were beyond delicious and can we talk about the Mussels! They were smooth and buttery pairing rather exquisitely with the Fresh Peas. Our waitress made a great suggestion of dipping our house-made bread into the sauce that the Mussels & Lobster were in and that was one of the best suggestions that we could have gotten. We honestly cleaned the bowl with the house-made bread. I think it is safe to say that we REALLY enjoyed this appetizer!
Now to one of the main courses. When you think of Atlantic Cod, hopefully the first thought that comes to mind is a flaky cut of fish. This Atlantic Cod dish did not disappoint. This cut of fish was flaky and vibrant with a glistening sheen that shone through with every slice of the fork. The Capers added a nice balance of salt to the dish, while the Roasted Potatoes were the starch element that brought the dish together. We loved the Chard Tomato and we found that Tomatoes were showcased in quite a few of the dishes on the menu. This was a well balanced dish for non meat-eaters and meat-eaters alike!
Steak Tagliata Tuscana
Now you know that I can not go to a restaurant without trying their Steak dish. Since we do not necessarily cook Steak at home, anytime I go out I order a Steak dish as a treat to myself. With this dish, I was not expecting the Steak to have already been sliced when brought to the table. I did not mind this because my Steak was cooked exactly how I requested…Medium well! I mixed the Balsamic drizzle from the Steak with the Arugula salad and the taste was impeccable. I can admit that I am not a fan of Peppers in my food but I really appreciated the way that the Peppers in this dish were not overcooked, which meant that they still held their crunch. After this course, we were ready for dessert!
This is how I knew that Toula was special. Initially when we were deciding what we wanted to order for Summerlicious, our waitress informed us that we can order the Cheesecake even though it was not on the menu. We thought that was a fun idea. We ordered the Cheesecake and it looked mouthwatering. The Blueberry Compote cascading near the top of the plate was minding blowing. The Fresh Strawberries and Blueberries was that bit of sweetness that paired marvelously with the Cheesecake, as it was not that sweet.
Knowing that we had to brave the heat after dessert, we decided to cap off the evening with the Sorbet Trio. With the 3 flavours of Mango, Raspberry and Lemon, we were excited to try the flavours all at once. We are not big Ice Cream fans but when Sorbet is offered on the menu, we jump at the opportunity to try the flavour(s). Puckering our lips with each spoonful, we could not get enough of the Sorbet and nearly licked the bowl! What a way to complete our Summerlicious experience of 2019!
For more information on Tula, check out www.toularestaurant.com