Last Wednesday night I met up with a couple of my longtime girlfriends in the Leslieville neighborhood of Toronto where we decided to check out Tomi-Kro, a restaurant best described as serving truly eclectic fare. Tomi-Kro's menu is organized into appetizers, entrees, sides, and tapas, and each dish combines elements of different world cuisines. We decided to each pick a dish or two and share everything, so I got to taste several of the items, all of them unique, creative, and yummy.
One of the appetizer items I requested was the Calamari as I was intrigued by the inclusion of Peking duck, dressed with sun-dried tomatoes, Thai basil, and roasted garlic:
Friend S. requested another appetizer, the Roasted Beets, with goat cheese, balsamic vinegar, and pistachios:
|Roasted Beets ($10)|
A third appetizer we ordered was the Sake-Steamed Mussels, served with garlic and chili in a miso broth:
|Sake-Steamed Mussels ($10)|
For one of the entrees, Friend A. picked the Morrocan Lamb, with black mission fig and cous cous. I am actually not a big fan of lamb - there is a taste to lamb that I'm just not crazy about - but I didn't say anything because I wasn't too hungry anyway (this was the same day I visited Smoke's Poutinerie!) and figured I'd let my two hungry friends split the lamb. I did break down and try a small portion, and found to my surprise that I liked it quite a bit. That says a lot about Tomi-Kro's quality.
|Moroccan Lamb ($25)|
Despite most everything at Tomi-Kro being fantastic, we did have a minor hiccup. We had originally ordered the Filet of Beef that we ended up sending back and had replaced by the Seared Tandoori Salmon. I was curious about the garam masala home fries and green onion creme fraiche. This entree was a great choice!
|Seared Tandoori Salmon ($21)|
Somehow, after three appetizers and two entrees, we still managed to have room for dessert! :) I picked the Berries in Ginger Creme Anglaise because I like ginger, and it was a good choice as I thought the ginger creme anglaise was quite well done.
|Berries in Ginger Creme Anglaise ($8)|
Despite the one minor issue, this was overall a very good meal with lovely company. :) The menu offerings were refreshingly creative, fun, and well-done, and I think Tomi-Kro deserves bonus points for daring to be different.
1214 Queen St E, Toronto, ON