This Winterlicious I had the opportunity to visit two restaurants (so far), 93 Harbord and Gossip. For those who don’t know, Winterlicious is a two week event where certain restaurants in Toronto have a fixed price menu consisting of at least an appetizer, entree and dessert.
Went to 93 Harbord on Tuesday. For starters we had hummus with pita bread, which was slightly burnt but the hummus was delicious, appetizer was eggplant which the skin was also quite heavily burnt. The entree was delicious with figs in it. My drink was a fig infused vodka martini, which tasted like more like a dirty martini, not the sweet fig taste that I expected. The waiter was nice, offering to replace my drink, surge overheard me saying I didn’t like it, but I stick with it, since it was my decision to order it. Decent price, if only the does was not burnt, which is kind of surprising considering they should have made the dish a ton of times by now. Unfortunately, I did not bring my camera for this outing, so there are no pictures.
The next place was Gossip, which is located in the back of the CNE. The venue is apparently quite a popular patio/club spot during the summer. Finding the place in the winter was quite difficult, since it’s pretty much in the middle of nowhere, and the exterior of the restaurant did not stand out at all, the only indication the place was there was the sign which was behind trees. The interior on the other hand was beautifully decorated and furnished and since we were in a large group, we were seated in a private room.
I wasn’t too impressed with the drinks menu, so our table had a bottle of Riesling. For starters, crisp warm bread served with three different types of dip, some sort of fish tapenade, balsamic vinegar with olive oil and hummus. There were really small proportions of spread for the amount of bread that was served. My appetizer was winter vegetable zupa, with what tasted like butternut squash puree and a crispy piece of pastry on top of the puree served with fresh cream foam on a chinese spoon. The presentation was simple and beautiful and the zupa was creamy and delicious. The entree was a portabello wellington, with carrots. The dish itself was quite simplistic, essentially a wrap of mushroom, vegetables, cream and dough, but tasted pretty good as well. While we were all waiting for Pauline to finish her entree, the servers got tired of waiting for her to finish and began to serve our desserts. I ordered the flourless chili chocolate torte. I’ve always wanted to try the combination of chili and chocolate, so I wasn’t too sure of what to expect. The cake which tasted normal, not much chili flavour and somewhat cheap looking pastry puff thing on top. The waitress was friendly and the manager even dropped by and made sure everything was ok, although it did feel like they were paying a little too much attention as pointed out by a few of my friends. The price of the food was not worth $35 but perhaps somewhere worth going in the summer to check out the patio parties.