As I become more and more excited about my upcoming vacation, it’s been making me want to try different restaurants. Especially French ones.
A few week ago, my date asked if there was anywhere new I’d like to try: there is ALWAYS somewhere new I’d love to go. We decided on Cluny in the distillery district for their award winning pastry chef and seemingly date friendly ambience. When you walk in it is truly beautiful, small patisserie at the front with a bar, when in the actual restaurant there is a wall of beautiful wines and an open seafood kitchen with fresh fish and oysters on display. Right in the middle, there is a long table covered in different types of fresh bread. The ambience was one of the best parts of the meal.
Now, my date is a meat eater so there were many seafood options shown that I got his thoughts on, but lets start with the starter which was a cheese board featuring aged cheddar, blue cheese and a softer brie; served with gooseberries, honey and berry preserves. It was OK, I was not a fan of the crackers that came with it; I would’ve preferred the fresh bread hey displayed for tables already. Moving onto the Oysters and salmon crudo with avocado, lime, parsley and served with some toasted potato. I had to try a bite, I purely couldn’t help myself. And it was incredible, the way the acid really brought of the salmon, the potato giving the bit of crunch thats needed and the avocado being soft enough to almost be a sauce. Really well done and was very impressed; my dining partner said the oysters were extremely fresh and fragrant.
Next we moved onto him having the shrimp and me having french fries with a vegetarian, mushroom gravy. The shrimps I was told were hard to eat due to the exoskeleton but very cold and fresh and served with a lemon aoili; which is a different choice oppose to seafood sauce. My mushroom gravy was great, if there were more it; it was very lightly put on and I found lots of my fries were dry to it. I did appreciate them having a vegetarian poutine on the menu which is something you don't see often.
Now, My favourite part; desert. Which was, to say the least, disappointing. We decided we would share the house chocolate souffle which should be incredible due to the knowledge of the pastry chef here. It was very dry and had not risen properly before coming to our table.
**Overall, it is a good choice perhaps if you are in the mood for seafood where everything is as fresh as possible. Otherwise, I could suggest better French restaurants in Toronto.
I love food; whether it be cooking a classic for myself, something I found in a recipe book and am trying for the first time; but, sometimes I’m lazy, and would rather meet with a friend out somewhere high end where ‘tartar’ is definitely on the menu, or a dive bar where I can get a can of my favourite cider for $5 and our whole meal is under $20. I can do it all, that’s how far my love of food spreads.
I decided to start a little ‘blog’ if you will, to show off a bit more of my personality and to get a little deeper into my cooking skills and tastes. There is a warning with this blog, you will get hungry and possibly aroused by the way I speak about my personal favourite treats for my tongue. Go grab a snack, I’ll wait until you get back….ready? Great, let’s start into Chef Marilyn’s kitchen, I’ll spill some of my secret recipes for you and give you insight on where to find me munching down out on the town.