Since I am a fan of Chef Michael Robbins cooking, I was in for dinner to taste some of the new additions to his spring menu!
Fried Octopus ($7) with Komatsuna (Japanese mustard spinach), pickled shallots, bacon aioli
Warm Kale Salad ($10) cauliflower, brussel sprouts, lemon parmesan dressing
Canadian Poutine ($10) in-house smoked brisket, cheese curds and gravy
Mussels and Clam ‘Chowder’ ($16) bacon, carrots, potato, celery, white wine, herb croutons
Trio of Masons ($15)
1 – Apple Pie, sugar pastry, and vanilla ice cream
2 – Bumble berry cheesecake, graham crumb
3 – Chocolate coated honeycomb, vanilla custard
I loved the Fried Octopus and the Warm Kale Salad equally, both were outstanding and both were very different. The Canadian Poutine dish that I had was actually a smaller version of their usual sized dish as I just wanted a taster, you have to try this dish to savour the delicious in-house smoked meat. The Mussels and Clam ‘Chowder’ isn’t exactly a chowder as its more mussels and clams than broth, it is a good amount of seafood in the pot. The Trio of Masons are actually 3 individual desserts, perhaps best shared with your dining partner, my favourites in order was the Apple Pie, followed by the Vanilla Custard and lastly the Cheesecake.
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By: Richard Wolak