Lemon Almond Dacquoise: lemon curd, almond cake, crispy meringue vanilla cassis ice cream
Last week, we joined a big group of Shack's colleagues on Friday night for dinner at Bosk, the fine dining restaurant in The Shangri-la Hotel. I work out of the Shangri-la all of the time and absolutely love their room service lunch and I have eaten at Momofuku but this was my first visit to Bosk. It felt so weird to have a cocktail there - almost like I was drinking on the job or something. Luckily, I soon got over that and we had a lovely dinner. We both had the smoked lentil soup from the $75 prixe fix menu - delicious, full of smoky ham flavour. I had the salmon as my main and Shack, who is a red meat kind of guy, was originally a bit disappointed to see that there was none to be found on this menu so he ordered the chicken. The boneless, skinless chicken came and it looked bland and beige and his face fell until he took his first bite. It would appear to be cooked by sous vide, my current obsession, and it was so tender you could cut it with a fork. Everyone who ordered it had the same reaction. Once they dug in, it was delicious but everyone agreed that it looked absolutely unappetizing. hmmm
I don't know how it happened but we had both ordered the panna cotta for dessert and we were both served the other dessert on the menu. Because it looked so much nicer than our neighbour's panna cotta, we kept our mouths shut and ate it quickly before someone could come and take it away. I suppose I felt a little guilty that two other people got the wrong dessert but not so guilty that I would have exchanged it. All in all, it was a pretty nice dinner for a hotel restaurant and because it's the Shangri-la, the service was impeccable and we retired to the lobby lounge afterward for coffee by the fire while some dude played guitar and sang. Even if you don't want to go for dinner, make a point to pop into the lobby lounge on a Friday or Saturday night - it's hopping and there is some damned fine people watching to boot.
We finally tried a newish Beach restaurant called Bam! Breakfast Bistro The emphatic punctuation is not mine, by the way. You might think that exclamation mark is overkill but if you had enjoyed that Belgian Waffle with Banana and Nutella down there, you might change your mind.
I ordered a simple breakfast of three poached eggs with rye toast and amazingly tasty home fries and Shack had Eggs Benedict. Eggs were perfectly poached, the home fries were delicious, service was friendly and attentive and prices are great. We have been back a number of times now and the service and the food has been consistently good and , really, that is all you really want in a great breakfast place, right? All day breakfasts, daily specials, good, straight ahead food, cooked and served with care.
We will be back.
After knocking back a bunch of little shots of shiraz, we strolled on over to Pai for a Thai feast where I ate twice the amount of food I actually needed to eat because everything was so good that I lost all self control. For once, I am actually thankful that I don't live closer to this wonderful restaurant.
I have some fun new things coming up that I can share with you soon too, including my upcoming Dinner and a Book Club on April 1st at the Musgrave Loblaws. I cook dinner that ties into the theme, you read the book (Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman), have a glass of wine, eat and discuss.
Pin of the week: Sous Vide if sous vide was a planet
Instagram of the week: This feed from the creative director for Nomiku Sous Vide machines is making me feel oogly inside
The coolest thing I found on the interet this wee: Everything you wanted to know about cooking in one place - they offer video classes, some free and some for $$ - Love it
Facebook share of the week:
“@LandLopers: New Post: Rethinking (And Revisiting) The Blue Lagoon In Iceland http://t.co/18FVAbEoNr #travel #LP #Iceland #ngtradar” nice!
— The Yum Yum Factor (@SMmamashack) February 24, 2015