My 5th visit to Carisma, this time with my husband. As usual, the hosts were lovely and offered to hang up our coats which was a nice added touch and made you feel welcome from the start. We were seated at a table for two against the wall of flower vases. This is an exquisite restaurant- imagine sumptious surroundings of dark woods, a purple glass chandelier above the bar and plum- coloured, plush velvet chairs. Our server greeted us, another came by to read the specials of the evening and another server came to take our order. I appreciated that we didn't have to wait for our server and they seemed to work well in tandem, making sure all patrons were well taken care of. Even though Carisma prepares the most delectable pasta dishes I've ever tasted (a dish with casarecci pasta, chicken, spinach, olives and sun- dried tomatoes is my favourite), I didn't have pasta this time and decided to try something new in the menu. From the evening's specials, I ordered the Chilean Sea Bass with avocado salsa and my husband the Rib- Eye Steak. While we waited for our meals, we enjoyed fresh, hot, crusty bites of rosemary-garlic-olive oil bread. After a short while, our meals arrived and were quite delicious, the flavours dancing around our palates. I only wish the portion sizes were larger because I felt myself wanting more after each and every bite! I had a glass of Pinot Grigio with dinner and my husband had a few glasses of Chardonnay. For dessert, I ordered the Pear & Apple Strudel with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream which was a heavenly finish to what was a very tasty meal. Go to Carisma NOW! I'm sure you won't be dissapointed, in fact you may even be pleasantly surprised!
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