Sunday, March 2, 2014

Toronto's Best Sunday Lunch: Edulis

There are so many restaurants in Toronto that do very good Sunday brunches and lunches, but Edulis is unique in what chef Michael Caballo offers for lunch. There is an exceptional range and quality of what is offered, and all for the flat prix fixe of 40 dollars!!! And, "just for fun", all wines are available for HALF PRICE!! I can assure you that I could not eat better, anywhere I have traveled!

House made bread with delicious house made butter.

Rutabaga fries with anchovy mayonnaise. The sweetness of the caramelized rutabaga matched nicely with this well conceived mayo. They were gone in a flash.

Beet "grits", golden, red and candy cane varieties cooked with bacon, accompanied by ricotta dumplings, beet shoots and sheep's milk yogurt. So beautiful to look at and so enticing, I (we) forgot to take a photo! A wonderful dish, again, well conceived.

House smoked mackerel, with a remarkably good texture, only made possible by chef Caballo's sure hand. The mackerel slices were topped with crunchy salad that included radish, black garlic vinaigrette and fried bread cubes. A marvel of different and pleasing textures.

House cured and hot smoked St. Canut Ham (from pigs that free range in Quebec at St Canut Farms, and are finished before slaughter on a diet of milk), with celeriac, pickles, dijonnaise and braised leeks. Another remarkable dish of wonderful flavours and textures.

 Delicious duck fat potatoes.

Cochinillo ("suckling") pig, cooked in a "wood oven" accompanied by roasted onions and treviso. The crackling was crisp and delicious; the meat was so tender and succulent . Such a great "comfort" dish.

Brillat Savarin, a creamy cheese from Burgundy, layered in house with shaved black Perigourd truffles, drizzled with a bit of honey and madeira, not included in the Sunday prix fixe. What could be better!

Gateau Basque made with house preserved Ontario plums and almond cream, a very tasty finish to a truly delightful meal.

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