Friday, 2 November 2012

Love at First Bite


Impeccable attention to detail. Friendly staff. Food that melts in your mouth. These are things that you expect in high-end dining. But seriously, how many restaurants have you been to that really get this right on all touch points.

So Centro, you had me at the bread. Actually, you had me years ago when I first had a taste of your brand while contracted to write for your website redesign. But, as far as re-acquaintances to the palette go, butter on bread comes pretty close to you swooning me off my feet again.

The evening first official tasting was a delicious spread of Classic Rillette – a first for me, but highly recommended by my lovely new foodie friends @theculturepearl and @EliseDertinger. It did not disappoint. My fave was the mustard spread - recipe anyone?  The lovely folks @CentroTO threw in some extra samples of their House-made Charcuterie Board (more mustard, so yum), and Crispy Tiger Shrimp with sun-dried tomato aioli.
 
Despite splurging on a feast of appetizers, we were still scrumptiously awaiting a taste of our main. Opting for the Lobster Risotto – the portion quite manageable in size – was a good choice. Well, despite needing a little bit of salt.
 
Hazelnut Napoleon was the crème de la crème of the night. A lovely layered dessert of pastry, hazelnuts, topped off with a pear gelee. Although my pastry was a bit harder to cut into elegantly, @EliseDertinger had no problem at all. But my small misfortune didn’t stop me into gobbling up – oh, I don’t think that’s a foodie term – the taste of heaven.
 
All in all, it was love at first sight and bite at Centro Restaurant, 2472 Yonge Street, Toronto. #SukasaStyle gives it 8.5 Sukasa Stars.

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