Summerlicious 2018: Canoe Restaurant & Bar


Outside view as sun is setting

On the 54th floor of the Toronto Dominion Centre building on 66 Wellington St. W., Canoe Restaurant and Bar not only has one of the most breathtaking views of the Toronto skyline, but the food has the freshness that our great city is known for. We had the pleasure of visiting Canoe for Summerlicious and all of our food selections were right on the money!

Sliced Heirloom Tomatoes, Parmesan custard, charred Chicory, and crispy Wild Rice lavash

Ontario Burrata

One of the appetizers that we started with was the Ontario Burrata. When this dish was placed in front of us, we felt that it was too beautiful to eat. The Parmesan custard that the Heirloom Tomatoes and charred Chicory sat on top of was smooth, rich, and creamy. The crunchy component of the Wild Rice lavash brought balance to this light, opening course.

Smoked Salmon mousse, Sumac Creme Fraiche with a Maple Vanilla vinagrette

Cured West Coast Salmon

Usually when you think of Salmon, you do not think of an appetizer. Well this Salmon was the perfect portion and consistency. Even the Salmon mousse had a refreshing vibrancy that brightened up the dish. We loved the fact that the cut of Salmon was just melting in our mouths, which has us salivating for more.

Short Rib with a Beef strip loin on top of Buttermilk whipped Potatoes topped with Glazed Lettuce and Burdock Chips

Beef Strip Loin + Short Rib

Now you know I LOVE my beef! I honestly fell in love with this entree because there were 2 variations of beef… Definitely my kind of meal. The Beef Strip Loin had the perfect medium cook that was to die for. The caramelization on the Short Rib had an earthy touch that partnered well with the Beef Strip Loin. I am a fan of Mashed Potatoes so these whipped, Buttermilk Potatoes were surpassed my standards. I also enjoyed the glazed Lettuce. With the Balsam Fir Jus, the glazed Lettuce tasted like a warm salad, which was a lovely difference to your normal toasted salad.

Walleye on top of Potato Ecrase and Caper crumbled with Sourdough croutons

Great Lakes Walleye

We will admit that before we came to Canoe, we had never heard of a Walleye fish. This fish has a similar taste to a Snapper but it is not as meaty as Halibut. We are believers of trying new foods and we can say that the Walleye is a must try! The Capers that were crumbled on top of the Walleye added a salty touch that did not overpower the dish. We also had much appreciation for the Sourdough Croutons because the flavours came alive with just the right amount of Olive Oil.

Wild Blueberry Panna Cotta with Cinnamon Tuile and Milk crumble

Wild Rose Panna Cotta

What we really enjoyed about this dessert was that it was not overly sweet. We can admit that we have an admiration for sweets and this dessert hit the spot. The Cinnamon Tuile was reminiscent of Maple Sugar with each bite. The innovation of Canoe was evident with the Milk crumble that was cascaded on top of the Panna Cotta. This Blueberry dessert was worth the wait!

Strawberry Shortcake with Sumac Meringue, Wild Ginger Chantilly and Cheesecake Mousse

Strawberry Shortcake

Having a deconstructed Strawberry Shortcake was a new concept for us. The Strawberries were juicy and embodied bold flavours. The Sumac Meringue had a solid exterior and a soft, pillowy interior. This dessert was great to the last bite! Extremely delicious.

Night View

We had such a great time at Canoe Restaurant & Bar. We were very excited to have our 2018 Summerlicious experience at this beautiful establishment. With a view like this, we could not help but admire how gorgeous our city truly is!

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