Monday, November 26, 2012

Raymond's 7 course tasting menu w/wine pairing

Raymond's Restaurant
Jeremy Charles-Chef
Jeremy Bonia-Sommelier 
*Voted Canada's Best New Restaurant by EnRoute in 2011
*Wine Spectator Best of Excellence Award 2012
*Top 50 Restaurants in Canada by Macleans Magazine 2012

So yeah, they sorta know what they are doing! As a transplant from San Francisco who as eaten in some of the best restaurants in the world...yup, they are right there. Excellent service. Excellent wine pairings. Excellent all the way around. I dined in the lounge, which is far more boisterous...and much more my style , especially when I dine alone most of the time. Chef came out to make sure everything was good...always love that. Jeremy does an awesome job as a Somm, the perfect amount of information. I can't stress how much it drives me crazy waxing poetically on and on and on...up to 5 minutes about excessive information about the wine. Hey! I love to learn, seriously, I am working through my ISG Somm degree...BUT...I have food in front of me, just sayin! Raymond's is a total must do for any foodie living here or visiting.Enjoy!

Trio: (1)PEI Oyster with cucumber pearls. 
(2)Tuna,clam, potato, leek aioli, guanciale & nasturtium leaf.
 (3) Pork, bacon, pickled vegetables & lamb tongue
Wine: Jean Laurent Blanc de Noir NV

Lester's pickled beets, creme fraiche, crispy beets w/ Sherry Vinaigrette
Wine: Moreau Vouvray Demi-Sec 2009

Arctic Char: Lester's farm potato, seared scallop, spinach, shellfish cream
Wine: Gitton Pouilly Fume 2008

Cod: Jerusalem Artichoke puree, braised celery, smoked pork jus
Wine: Clos Floridene, Bordeaux Blanc 2007

Mushroom Risotto: sauteed mushroom, white wine, parmesan, fresh herb with truffle oil.
Wine: Roberto Voerzio Barbera D'alba 2009

Howard Morry's Lamb: crushed fingerling potato, celery root puree, confit shallot
Wine: Chateau Poujeaux Moulis en Medoc 1998

Cheese Course: Le Douanier, Niagra Gold, 1608
Wine: Stratus Red Icewine 2010

(Not part of the 7 course meal...a prior visit ) Mt. Scio (local greenhouse) tomato salad.
As delicious as it looks, gorgeous presentation!

Sauteed Foie with seasonal, local berries. Amazing.

Wine Pairing with Foie...perfection.

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