Recently I had a chance to visit the newly renovated Tundra Restaurant and lobby bar in Toronto’s Hilton Hotel. Quintessentially Canadian from decor to cuisine the restaurant has won several awards in the past. The textures used to create this new space are visually pleasing, warm and inviting, making both hotel guests and restaurant patrons feel like they’re enjoying a true Canadiana experience with a modern twist.
Keeping it local on many levels Executive Chef Kevin Prendergast changes the menu seasonally and even has his own herb garden at the hotel. From salmon to lamb chops, Cornish hen to grilled octopus the menu has something for everyone. I got a chance to sample several things off the fall menu including the seared duck breast which was my favourite. One thing I noticed on the menu that I really liked was the fact that each dish came with a wine recommendation.
Since so many people get intimidated by trying to select a wine to pair with their meal and this takes away the stress and makes everyone feel like a sommelier.
Along with international wines they also carry a good selection of Ontario VQA wines and even have a house red and white provided by a Niagara vineyard which they serve at special functions. So many people are realising its important to support our local growers and its nice to see that along with individuals restaurants are stepping up to the plate.
So whether you’re planning on staying the night or just looking for a place to enjoy dinner with friends, check in and check out the menu.
I love when the new Vintages magazine comes out – it’s full of promise and possibilities.
CastellodiBossiC. BerardengaChiantiClassico2009 was my find for the weekend. I’ll be picking up another bottle this Saturday, and I highly suggest it, if you’re looking for a something big and flavourful. James Suckling calls this a big juicy red – full bodied with round tannins and gave it a whopping 92 points. It really grabbed me and so did the price, at $22.95, I sipped and savoured my way to happiness.
And if you’re looking for a couple of nice whites here’s what I recommend:
Stoneleigh SauvignonBlanc2011from New Zealand, was a great surprise. Super crisp
and lively for a warm afternoon. Very aromatic with lots of citrus and grassy notes. And the price is equally mouth watering at $15.45.
The second has an equally attractive price point. The O’LearyUnoakedChardonnay2011 produced with Brian Schmidt of Vineland Estates. Though not typically impressed by celebrity wine, this one is really good! Crisp, fresh with citrus notes, it is a terrific buy at $14.95. I picked up a bottle when I visited the winery last month, but it goes on sale at the LCBO Sept.16th.
Final weekend pick will have to involve a gorgeous trip to Niagara on the Lake because it is not available at the LCBO only at the winery? It is the VinelandEstates – PinotMeunier2011. I am not all too familiar with this varietal described as the less sibling to Pinot Noir. It is light bodied,strawberry aromas and simply delicious at $17.95.