The Shore Club sits comfortably in the heart of the entertainment district, next-door neighbour to the Ritz-Carlton with masterful paintings lining the walls and an exquisite selection of steak and seafood – no surprise then that it’s a Bay Street crowd favourite. Though not shy of selling its opulent allure, their finely crafted Winterlicious dinner menu ($45 prix-fixe until Feb. 7) might just make this high-end spot a little more accessible, so to speak, to a wider set of clientele.
We started our evening with a warm introduction by the restaurant’s in-house sommelier, who recommended a glass of Perrier Jouet Champagne before anything else was set on the table. No complaints here, a great choice. We then enjoyed a glass of Cave Spring ‘Dolomite’ Riesling for a light and bubbly complement to our three starters (we were fortunate enough to have tried everything on The Shore Club’s Winterlicious menu). The arugula, pear and brie salad stood out amongst the trio, which also included smoked cod two ways with a sweet apple chutney and roasted winter root vegetable soup.
The trifecta selection of mains is perfect for any palette: steak for the carnivores, Mediterranean polenta cake for the veggie-inclined and grilled halibut for those on both sides of the fence. Nothing against vegetables, but the grainy mustard-coated striploin and halibut atop a bed of beluga lentils in Romesco sauce emerged as favourites, both dishes complemented nicely by their respective accents. The New York Striploin gets our slight advantage for superior execution in how it was cooked; the halibut just a little dry. Recommended wine pairing: the Boroli ‘Anna’ Nebbiolo & Barbera.
We were fortunate to not have to choose between desserts and were presented with sticky toffee pudding, terrine of sorbet and key lime pie to round out the evening. We found ourselves praising the pudding most on our way out, though one can’t go wrong with any of the three selections. Something worth noting: the service was excellent and definitely left an impression.
If you were ever offset by The Shore Club’s rather pricey menu, Winterlicious is the time to get your taste. Their dinner menu offers no shortage of signature favourites and, at $45 per person, there’s nothing that speaks against making a reservation between today and February 7.
Photos by Not Your Standard