Thursday, September 3, 2009


Six of us hit one of the top 10 new restaurants of 2009 on a Wednesday night. Delux on Ossington was the spot and it was bustling even on a weeknight. We got a nice comfy table at the front of the restaurant, and no doubt, people passing by would peak in every so often to check out what was going on. We immediately noticed an extremely short menu - only maybe 4 apps, 5 mains and 4 desserts. But rest assure, the waiter promised everything to be delicious. Now on to the food. I was extremely delighted with the oysters, sablefish (the skin was crispy and flesh was meaty and flaky) and creme brulee. Nick said his steak was only so-so though but the fries that came with it was oh-so yummy. Nick had the cookies and 'milk' for dessert and the 'milk' was actually a White Russian. You can also opt for real milk like some of us did. Although the food was good, the service however, was a little slow. Maybe they weren't expecting a full house on a Wednesday night but the food definitely made up for it. Here is what we had (sorry for not having the real dish names, I forgot to snap a pic of the menu):

Oysters on the half shell
Mussels in Curry
Steak Frites
Sable Fish in Chowda Sauce with Clams
Duck Confit
Apple Galette with Vanilla Gelato and Caramel Sauce
Coffee Creme Brulee
Cookies and 'Milk'

The wine was Quinta de Ventozelo Douro Tinto 2005 from Portugal. This was a medium flavoured wine described by Cellar Tracker as:

Yummy. Lovely aromatics on the nose, with spice and briary earthm along with deep plum flavours, some mahogany and a layer of buttery vanilla. While not the most complex, the palate was every bit as attractive, with a sense of nobility added by fine, plush tannins and plenty of depth in its prune and raisin notes. Finish was nice, round and long, with more of that raisiny seam and a dash of spice. All very nicely integrated and wrapped together, lovely balance too. A wine with quite a bit of character and drinking beautifully now. Nice effort.

I don't know if I tasted all that but I definitely feel it was a medium body wine that had a pleasant finish.

92 Ossington


Mussels in Curry Sauce

Steak Frites

Sablefish in Chowda Sauce with Clams

Duck Confit

Gelato Tart with Caramel Sauce

Cookies and 'Milk'

Coffee Creme Brulee

Quinta de Ventozelo Douro Tinto 2005

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