Admittedly, it was with apprehension I made this reservation knowing that the cost of entry is at minimum $100/person. But, from the moment we arrived, we knew this place was special. This was our first visit and our daughter who drove and was greeted by the valet but offered no claim ticket (they simply remember you). Our hostess was gracious and seated us with a window view overlooking Union Lake. We opted for the four course menu with the Canlis salad shared by the three of us. One might say "eh, it's a salad" - but it's the table-side preparation with a knowledgeable server that makes the experience adding mint, coddled egg, scallions, tomato, etc and tossing gently in a bowl that make the salad come to life with texture and aroma.
The butter sauteed prawns are simple but elegant, plump and delicious. My daughter and I split the glazed duck for two. This dish will forever be in my top 3 all time favorites. From the first bite, the sweetness of the glaze followed by the juicy and flavorful skin of the duck burst through and seriously melt in your mouth. I almost resented every subsequent forkful because I knew I was depleting what was left of this most delicious meal (see picture below).
Dessert capped our evening with literally a finishing touch that didn't take away or seek to over take our meal. It was simply a gentle glide back down to earth from a meal fit for the gods. Like our meal, our desserts were plated beautifully and offered a multitude of flavors unified by a central theme.
Between courses, we were seriously entertained by Mr. Walt Wagner at the piano. I had no idea just who we were listening to until I looked up his extensive background (http://www.waltwagner.com/wwbio.pdf). Actually to say that we were entertained is an understatement. It was more of being mesmerized realizing that he just transition from an old classic or show tune to Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke or Bruno Mars or Macklemore flawlessly.
Lastly, what else can you say about a restaurant that steam presses their tablecloths so that there are no fold lines to catch or inadvertently tip a champagne flute? Or, a restaurant that has your car literally waiting under the canopy when you exit their building?
I say: Well worth the visit and justified in the price of the wonderful meal.
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