If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know I've been kitchen-less for the past month while my Movie House loft gets renovated. One of the benefits is being 'forced' to dine out on a daily basis. Fortunately, I live around the corner from some fifty restaurants located on College Street just west of Bathurst. It's a real treat to re-connect with all my favourites plus enjoy visiting a whole slew of new ones. Yum!
So the other day I decided to return to Grace Restaurant at 503 College Street. The chef is Dustin Gallagher, who is currently competing for the title of Top Chef Canada. If you're a fan of this television show like I am, you saw cutie-patootie Francois Gagnon eliminated on Monday, leaving the final four superb candidates vying for the title. Though I miss Francois already, Chef Dustin is one of my favourite culinary heartthrobs. I pine for him to win.
To show our support, my friends and I popped in for drinks and a bite. We savoured three amazing dishes. First, was a beet carpaccio with spicy mustard, frisee, arugula, apple and garlic chips. It was a symphony of colour with a fresh Zing! Second was an asparagus salad with poached egg (not as runny as I prefer) with tomato and wild leeks (I loved the crispness of the asparagus!); finally, the third was a creamy strawberry lemon custard shortcake. A total tangy time sweet! Here are some snaps of the restaurant and food...please forgive my propensity to eat first and photograph last:
This is a dynamite date place or friends night out. Very relaxed. Visually enchanting. Sensational food. You can take me here anytime!
PS. Kitchen Confidential:
The kitchen counters were installed yesterday...next in line is the appliance hook-up. Stay tuned!