October 19, 2010
The Beast Restaurant

Passed canapes

norm hardie
, 2009 melon de bourgogne


Pickled Oyster with Cucumber Capellini

vitteaut-alberti, nv cremant de bourgogne

1st course

Smoked Duck Foie Gras au Torchon with Preserved Cherries

birichino, 2009 malvasia bianca

2nd course

Pan Roasted Black Cod with Braised Pig's Head and Sauce Gribiche

rolly gassmann, 2004 riesling reserve

3rd course

Rising Star Elk-Two Cuts served with Butternut Squash and Shallots

maccone, 2007 primitivo rosso

4th course

" Ontario Apples"

fielding estate winery, 2007 select late harvest gewurztraminer

October 19 2010 will long be remembered when 20 brave Chaine members looked into the eye of “Beast”. Five courses of first class food were presented by the Chef/Owner of this relatively new establishment. They were accompanied by some wonderful wine pairings. Table favourite included the duck fat poached black cod with braised head cheese that was then breaded and deep fried. Lightly smoked duck foie gras was equally well received. Each course featured Canadian produce including oysters and fish from both coasts. They were elegantly presented with a wonderful and sensitive balance of taste sensations. Bread made on the premises served with creamy butter was a nice treat. And speaking of nice treats; the palette cleanser of cranberry and ginger was a personal favourite. The service was handled with professional skill and the timing of the presentation allowed for inspired conversation at least until the plates had landed; at which time the Beast became very quiet! We all agreed that this was certainly one of the best Chaine events this year and I for one will be sure to return with friends. 

Dr Paul Truelove