We had dinner at Scaramouche this evening, a restaurant that has been around for a while, but one that we’ve never visited. It’s a little bit out of the way, and is in an unlikely place – located at the base of what looks like an old apartment building. We had a window seat, which gives you views of downtown and especially of Yonge & Bloor. You can go out onto the balcony, which is not a grand looking balcony. It’s an old, unattractive concrete balcony, but I don’t hold that against the restaurant.
The restaurant is upscale, but not pretentious. Our server was professional but not unfriendly. Like I said, we had a window seat, so the views of the city were nice, and I enjoyed the natural lighting. We each ordered a glass of white wine to go with our appetizers. First came the amuse-bouche, smoked salmon. Good flavours and texture – it was a good start.
For the appetizer, I ordered the special – Hamachi (amberjack) sashimi with dehydrated meyer lemons, meyer lemon jelly, and a mild radish ($25). It was really, really good, and I could have ordered a second identical plate and called it dinner. Dehydrated meyers are so wonderful.
Hubby had the grilled octopus, which was also amazing. It was a generous piece, grilled to perfection.
Crispy fingerling potatoes, pickled red onion, shaved sweet lemon and parsley. Salsa verde, sweet garlic tahini and fine olive oil. ($23)
For our mains, I ordered the St. Canut Pork – a revised version of Hazelnut spätzle, scallions, snap peas, white asparagus and mustard greens. Natural jus and rhubarb chutney. ($40). The pork was juicy and tender had a wonderful flavour, and the skin was nice and crispy. I love mushrooms, and they worked well in this dish.
Hubs ordered the Roasted Duck Breast – Brushed with honey, cracked black pepper and orange zest. Artichokes and small turnips cooked in oloroso sherry. Italian farro and blood oranges. Natural jus ($41). Although he still thinks the duck magret from Citrus in Barcelona is still the one to beat, he really enjoyed this plate. Blood orange and duck – great pairing!
We ended our fabulous meal with coffee ($3.75) and espresso ($3.95). Total bill for two, with a total of four glasses of wine came to $193.70 before tax. Although prices are higher end, the portion sizes are definitely generous for fine dining. We did not leave hungry. We left very satisfied. And even though they are not skimpy sized dishes, they are executed so well and plated nicely. I highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion. You can find free street parking (residential streets), but the restaurant also offers complimentary valet parking.