Winterlicious at Café Boulud

By: Alison Silveira

Winterlicious, one of the most anticipated culinary events of the year, is only one day away. With over 200 restaurants to select from, the choices seem endless. A mélange of three-course prix fixe lunch menus are offered from $18 - $28 and dinner menus are between $25 - $45. Running from January 30 - February 12, 2015, Winterlicious provides the perfect time to get together with friends, family, or your significant other to share a delicious meal at an affordable price point. 

World-renowned chef, Daniel Boulud's Café Boulud at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel is one of the preeminent restaurants in Toronto and a fine pick for Winterlicious. I attended a media preview of the Winterlicious menu and can attest to the restaurant's delectable dishes, exceptional service, and trendy, modern decor. 

To start, I enjoyed the chestnut velouté with green apple, celery, and apple cider vinegar. I had never tasted chestnut soup and was pleasantly surprised. Flavourful and creamy with a pleasing acidic bite from the apple cider vinegar, I could not get enough! That's the part of the intrigue of Winterlicious - trying something you normally would not. 

I relished in sampling the rich and meaty guinea fowl terrine with preserved laroda plum and fresh country bread. Beautifully presented, this dish is perfect for sharing, although you might not want to! 

My fellow diners enjoyed Digby scallops with hazelnut crust, celeriac gremolata, and brown butter. The server presented my main dish with a flourish by pouring jus over the beef “pot au feu accompanied with bone marrow, carrot, turnip, and potato. Each morsel of tender meat was juicy and perfectly complemented with hearty root vegetables.

I was also surprised with a special dish from Cafe Boulud's Valentine's Day menu. I savoured each enjoyable bite of the celeriac agnolotti with glazed chestnuts, mimolette, and truffle. 

The pièce de résistance was the artfully plated pear chocolate gateau with chocolate mousse, poached pear, and hazelnut gelato. 

Another exceptional choice for dessert was the delightfully delectable tropical fruit sundae comprised of coconut ice-cream, roasted pineapple, and passion fruit coulis. 

I left the restaurant completely satisfied and very impressed. Top-notch hospitality, an inviting atmosphere, and exquisite French cuisine await you at Café Boulud! 

Cafe Boulud's three course Winterlicious menu is offered at $45. Make your reservation today.

60 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON 

(416) 963-6000

Twitter: @CafeBouludTO