Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I have a lovely place in Downtown Toronto that strikes me as an excellent balance between cozy and romantic. May I present, Bodega.
30 Baldwin St
Unfortunately, Curiosity forgot to take pictures of the interior, so you can either google or take my word for it.
The first course I had was the Sweet And Bitter Greens salad, made up of heirloom cherry tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, daikon, and mustard vinaigrette. I enjoyed the vinaigrette the best, the spicy and tanginess of the vinaigrette was definitely the highlight of this salad.
I am starting to notice that I (possibly) have a stronger than average appreciation for risotto since I ordered the Wild Rice And Mushroom Risotto. This included: heirloom tomatoes, black olives, wild mushrooms, grana padano. Grana padano is apparently a cheese that is quite popular in Italy and apparently one of the world’s first hard cheese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grana_Padano). Every ingredient in that risotto is close to my heart on the list of things I love to eat, so it felt like this risotto was tailor-made for me. It had the creamy texture that I love (although, there was some remaining liquid at the end, so not as creamy as I originally thought), and more filling than I expected. It may look small, but it could end up being the end of you meal (Oh poor Dessert…).
One of my companions had the Chicken. As it was not previously mentioned in the menu I have no real idea what was in it. The chicken was tender and moist and the sauce (whatever it was made from) was wonderfully delicious. Because my companion is not fond of vegetables, I ate all of his squash, carrots and beans. Frankly, I couldn’t stop eating them and was very sad when they were gone. I beans were tossed in (what I suspect) butter and the other root vegetables were pan fried to a wonderful place between soft and sturdy.
I tried their Warm Blueberry Bread Pudding and I enjoyed it a lot. The warm bread pudding was wonderful against the backdrop of the drifting snow. It was soft and I enjoyed the blueberries inside quite a bit. A lovely winter dessert.
A number of my companions tried the Creme Brulee. It looked excellent and I was really interested in knowing how they managed to make the layer of sugar on the top thick and caramelized without burning. Rather unfortunately, the Creme Brulee was rather bitter. My companion (that I stole bites from) and I were confused as to why it was bitter, perhaps it was sweet to the point of being bitter?
Overall, I think Bodega is a lovely restaurant to try. They market themselves a a French Bistro, and I do love their food. Definitely one of my favourite restaurants to eat at when I am in Toronto.