Sunday, April 24, 2011

Ici Restaurant, Toronto

Ici is a very small intimate boite but very comfortable and not too noisy. This latest effort by well known Toronto chef, J P Challet and his partner, chef Jennifer Decorate, is a comfort food haven. Jennifer is also one of the best front of house "greeters" in the city and with her generous smile and warm welcome, she makes one feel right at home!

We began with the house amuse that day, samor cheese with lighly fried potato gnocchi and merguez sausage all with dijon mayo.

Then attacked before the photo could be taken, the steak tartar, which had a nice flavour, but was a bit overworked. This was accompanied by fried potato croquette.

Mediterranean fish soup with shrimp frite. This is a fish soup as good as it gets, rich tasting complex flavours served with baguette toast spread with rouille and shaved cheese. I would have preferred more rouille.

My main was duo of beef bordelais, a small entrecote properly cooked rare as requested, tender braised short rib and a split roasted marrow bone. This was accompanied by frites, red carrots and beans.

We shared 3 desserts and began with the lemon trio, lemon tart, lemon custard and lemon ice. A refreshing dessert.

Next, we enjoyed the trio apple trio, a thin french style pancake filled with cinnamon flavoured diced apple, apple flavoured ice and a mini caramelized apple tatin.

Finally, the chocolate trio.

538 Manning Ave. (at Harbord Ave)
Toronto M6G 2V9 - (416) 536-0079

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