Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tomi-Kro (Toronto - Leslieville)

Update: Tomi-Kro has now closed.

Original post:

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:

Calamari at Tomi-Kro
Calamari ($12)

 Friend S. requested another appetizer, the Roasted Beets, with goat cheese, balsamic vinegar, and pistachios:

Roasted Beets at Tomi-Kro
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 at Tomi-Kro
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.

Morrocan Lamb at Tomi-Kro
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 at Tomi-Kro
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, Ginger Creme Anglaise at Tomi-Kro
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.

Restaurant info:
1214 Queen St E, Toronto, ON

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