Summerlicious is finally back in Toronto and this year there are a total of 150 participating restaurants that offers a delicious 3-course prix fixe menus with prices ranging from CAD $15 to $25 for lunch and $25 to $45 for Dinner.
I had my first Summerlicious Menu at Emily's Birthday where we celebrated at Blu Ristorante and Lounge in the trendy Yorkville Area. Blu's $45 Summerlicious Menu featured the following:
crisp romaine hearts, caesar dressing,
croutons, parmesan chip
goat cheese, walnuts, cranberry
and a chianti vinaigrette
-Soup of the Day
-Fusilli al Gorgonzola
gorgonzola cheese, leeks, bourbon,
cream sauce and arugula
-Grilled 10 oz Beef Striploin
mushroom veal jus, served with
roasted herbed polenta and peppers
-Baked Atlantic Salmon
honey glazed cipolini, sautéed rapini
with a lime, caper, white wine sauce
-Vanilla Crème Brulee
-Chocolate & Raspberry Tartufo
Wanting to try more than one dish Calvin and I both ordered different dishes so we could swap.
The Bread was served slightly warm and had a nice Herb Crust. It was Dense and nicely salted.
Calvin's Appetizer: Blu Caesar (Crisp Romaine Hearts, Caesar Dressing, Croutons and Parmesan Chip)
I had a small taste of the Caesar Salad. The Romaine was crisp and I enjoyed the Garlic Dressing.
Arugula Salad: Goat Cheese, Walnuts, Cranberry and a Chianti Vinaigrette
This was my appetizer. The Arugula Salad was delicious. The Dressing had a nice Sweet and Acidic Balance. I loved the mixture of Arugula, Cranberry, Walnuts and Goat Cheese.
Grilled 10 oz Beef Striploin, Mushroom Veal Jus, served with Roasted Herbed Polenta and Peppers
This was Calvin's Main Course and I definitely enjoyed it more than my Main Course. The Striploin was well seasoned, had a nice crust and a Meaty Texture.
Baked Atlantic Salmon, Honey Glazed Cipolini, Sautéed Rapini with a Lime, Caper, White Wine Sauce
This was my main course. This would have been a perfect Fish Dish had they not overcooked the Salmon which made it dry (I requested to have it Pink in the middle).
Vanilla Creme Brulee
This was Tina's Dessert. I had a taste of it and found it to be ok. One could definitely taste the Vanilla inside but the texture was a little too smooth for my liking
Chocolate and Raspberry Tartufo
Tartufo (Italian Ice Cream) was my Dessert. The Dark Chocolate had a nice bitter flavor but I didn't quite like the dense texture of the Tartufo. It was still a little Frozen.
This was Calvin's Dessert. The Tiramisu was beautifully presented but tasted so-so. I had a couple of spoons of this dessert and found the Savoiardi was dry giving it a hard and chewy texture. Maybe it's because I took it from the edge of the Tiramisu
Overall I enjoyed my Arugula Salad and Calvin's Steak. If only they cooked my Salmon Pink in the middle it would have been perfect! Food aside, the ambiance of the restaurant was Romantic and was definitely a good place to celebrate Emily's Birthday!
Price: $$$$$ (Approximately USD $55 per person)
Address: 17 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON M4W 1L4
Tel: +1(416) 921-1471 ·
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