Auberge du Pommier's name, which means "Apple Inn" in French, sounds humble enough, but the modern French cuisine it serves in a rustic, cottage-like setting is anything but simple. The building itself is gorgeous; unfortunately the darkness of the winter night prevented me from snapping a photo that does it justice, but trust me when I say that this is a favorite wedding venue for many in the daytime for its impeccably elegant decor. Go ahead, do a Google image search on it.
We thought it'd be fitting to start out this special evening with a drink. R. wanted wine but couldn't decide on one, so our very affable and helpful server brought him a sample of three different wines to aid in the decision. As for me, I indulged in an Épicé aux Pommes cocktail, made with vodka, housemade apple vermouth, Calvados brandy, fresh lemon, and raw sugar syrup.
|Épicé aux Pommes ($14)|
|Épicé aux Pommes close-up ($14)|
As our server took our orders, he stealthily inquired whether we had any food allergies or restrictions. Turns out the kitchen had a surprise for us: a complimentary sample of Lobster Bisque with Squash and Coconut Cream. Divine.
|Complimentary Lobster Bisque with Squash and Coconut Cream|
As for my entree, I was rather intrigued by the Oie: sliced goose from a regional farm (Clover Roads Organic Farm), roasted Brussels sprouts, pistachio, sweet and sour cranberries, and goose confit pot pie. It a was spectacular dish. The moist and tender goose meat was balanced nicely by the crunchy texture and the mix of sweet, sour, and salty flavors of the sides. The goose confit pot pie - oh, the goose confit pot pie! - was simply otherworldly. In fact, R. (who isn't much of a goose eater, mind you) kept digging into my pot pie and kept saying it was the best he'd ever tasted!
|Gâteau au Fromage ($11)|
Before it was all over, there was a final surprise: instead of the standard post-meal mint candy (which I frankly loathe), we were served homemade Chocolate and Eggnog Macarons. See why I love the French? Oh, such wonderful memories of Paris!
|Post-meal complimentary homemade chocolate and eggnog macarons|
Our meal at Auberge du Pommier was truly one to remember. Every single aspect of it was perfect - actually, beyond perfect. J'adore, Auberge du Pommier!
Auberge du Pommier
4150 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2P 2C6
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