A Toronto-based friend introduced me to Fressen. As a fellow vegetarian he kew that I would appreciate the joy of being able to linger over a menu rather than just spot the token veggie ‘choice’. Our non-veggie colleague was more concerned but was eventually impressed.
The initial impression was of a very warm restaurant! However, the staff turned the heat down as soon as we asked. A choice of beers helped us to enjoy the process of choosing from an extensive list of cold tapas, appetisers, starters and mains. The ambience helped – the place has a relaxed and modern vibe with elegant lighting and a distinctly upmarket feel.
In the end we chose polenta ($9); sweet potato soup ($6) and beet & mandarin orange salad with balsamic vinegar and herbs ($6). The soup, which was the special of the day was, according to my friend, outstanding. The polenta was suitably comforting and served as three shapes, a circle, a square and a triangle with a herbed tomato sauce, sauteed shiitake mushrooms, spinach and a reduced balsamic glaze.
For mains we went for the creamed corn rigatoni in a white wine and celery root cream sauce with mixed seasonal vegetables ($16); the grilled seitan (charred black bean wheat steak served with sauteed vegetables and grilled greens) ($16) and the Moroccan stew (stewed sweet potato, onion, carrots and chickpeas in a cumin infused tomato broth served with brown rice) ($16). We were happy with all three choices. The presence of Japanese radish (Daikon) intrigued my colleague who hadn’t seen it before.
So, an excellent choice for dinner – lots of choice from a very tempting menu. Well-cooked and inventive meals and with one flaw, very good service. The one flaw occurred when the mains were brought to us as we were three-quarters of the way through the starters. The server needed some convincing to return them to the kitchen – all very amateurish, really, which spoiled the otherwise professional service.
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