Saturday, March 27, 2010

Italian @ Buca, Toronto

Buca is a newly opened Italian Restaurant that is tucked in an alleyway of King Street West. We celebrated Calvin's 28th Birthday there and had to book a week in advance to ensure we get a seat.


We started off with a variety of appetizers that included Deep Fried Pig's Ears. The Pig's ears had the texture of chicken cartilage but was a little under seasoned and bland in flavor.

Deep Fried Pig Ears

Mini Bread Knots had a nice garlic and rosemary flavor and had the right amount of salt. The texture however was not too my liking as I found the knots a little too dense.

Mini Bread

Grilled Beef Skewers were my favorite of the appetizers. The beef was tender, perfectly seasoned and had a good amount of lemon juice on it.

Grilled Beef Skewers

Prior to our main course we had a Radicchio Salad to share. The Radicchio was fresh and lightly dressed with some olive oil. A simple but refreshing salad to eat.

Radicchio Salad

For our main course I had the daily special from the Charcuterie, Cured Italian Sausage on a Crostini with Tomato Ragout. The Italian Sausage was a little too salty and the crostini was soggy and chewy on the edge.

Italian Cured Sausage on a Crostina

Grace had the Grilled Sea Bass. The Sea Bass was beautifully butterflied and was moist. It was probably intentionally under seasoned to encourage the diner to eat it with olives which was I think was a good idea because the olives complimented the fish very well.

Grilled Sea Bass

Calvin's Polenta was excellent. Beautifully presented the polenta was a sponge that absorbed the flavors from the fork tender braised lamb neck, rabbit and short rib.

Braised Lamb and Pork with Polenta

Overall the food at Buca can be summed up as rustic Italian with a Fine Dining Flare. The food in my opinion is a little over-rated, over-priced and the portions were small. We each paid CAD $55 and were still hungry after the meal.

We did not have any dessert since Tina (Calvin's sister and professional baker) baked her brother a beautiful and delicious Strawberry Mousse Cake with bananas.

Strawberry Mousse Cake

Food: 3.5/5
Service: 4/5
Ambiance: 4/5
Price: $$$$ (Under USD $55 per person)

Contact Information
Address: 604 King Street West Toronto, ON M5V 1M6
Tel: +1-(416) 865-1600

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