I must preface this review to say that we had a special one-off pre-selected menu for a special one-off occasion. And having not been to the Privet House before, I cannot comment on their regular menu on a regular night.
It was the Devour Film Fest, where two chefs get inspired by one of the movies in the festival. This evening was an Italian movie called The Last Shepherd (quite endearing), so when I booked us in to the restaurant for the $100/plate meal, we were kinda hoping for some serious lamb. And we were not disappointed!
Kudos to chef Jamie Smye (Privet House) and chef Scott Vivian (The Beast, Toronto) for an, errr, eclectic menu. We would not have chosen any of the dishes from a menu, but there's something decadent about having something weird & challenging dropped in front of you!
Kudos too to Bishop's Cellar from providing a different wine/liqueur with each course. All delicious. And BC's Wayne Coyle and his gorgeous sommelier were there to talk us through each course.
For example: lamb tartare (as rare as it gets!), with lamb's tongues and an uncooked quail's egg broken on top. B-zarrrr! See what I mean!?!
Fileted neck of lamb (talk about labour intensive!) and polenta. Plain odd!!
The meal was heavy on protein, light on starch, minimal veggies, but overall enjoyable. Helped, no doubt since there must have been 80 of us crammed into the Privet House, and we simply had to get along & socialize. Service was first class. Excellent table guests too.
But it was slow (used to be called the Slow Food Film Fest or something). We sat down at 8.01 and didn't get up til 11.20.
The long & short of it is that we *will* return to the Privet House next summer.
But please can we have the a la carte menu next time?? ;-)