“If more of us valued food and cheer above hoarded gold, it would be a much merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
Cassis Bistro – Birthday Dinner
July 22, 2013Posted by on
It was my friend Michelle’s birthday. I was originally planning on taking her to my go to restaurant, Downtownfood. However, my last conversation with Peaches really got to me. After learning that I go to Sushi Club every chance I can get, she 斥责 me for not trying new restaurants.
Peaches has a point. I do rarely venture out to new restaurants. I decided to compromise and revisit Cassis Bistro. I’ve only been to Cassis for brunch, and I really wanted to try the charcuterie platter ($19.00), and the steak and frites ($32.00). Since Michelle is pregnant, she stuck to water (vivreau $1.00) and cassis syrup with sparkling water ($2.00). I started off with a glass of Montrose Rose ($8.00).
For an appetizer, we ordered the Merguez ($5.00). The lamb sausage was served piping hot. Since it was so juicy and fresh off the grill, I burnt my tongue eating the first couple of slices. The sausage was well worth the pain. It was such a simple dish, but oh so good with a smear of mustard and a slice of a baguette. I really liked the high quality olive oil drizzled on the soft bread.
The picture above doesn’t do the food justice. Sometimes I wonder if chefs get insulted when they see my poorly shot photos of their food. I assure you that the food is always better looking in person than through my camera phone.
Michelle ordered the Shephard’s Pie ($27.00) with a side salad. The pie was filled with a mixture of duck, pork and beef and topped with a thin layer of whipped potatoes. Despite the mixture of meats, they each retained its individual texture and taste. I loved the flavours of this dish – it was incredibly intense and rich tasting. The salad has just the right amount of dressing, garnished with delicate bits of tomatoes and onions.
I ordered Mussels & Frites ($24.00). Each shell in the bowl was open and each mussel was plump and sweet. The mussels were fresh but it was the way it was cooked that blew me away. The texture was spot on – soft and not chewy, tasting a tiny bit of the sea. I like the threads of an herb entangled with the shells and broth. Our server paired the mussels with a house white wine ($7.00), which I enjoyed very much. The fries were very thin but not brittle, and nicely salted.
For dessert, Michelle ordered Creme Brulee ($8.00). The top layer of sugar broke easily with my spoon. The custard was thick, creamy, and covered in vanilla flecks. Yum – next time I’ll order my own dessert. Peaches be damned – I can’t wait to go back to Cassis to try the steak and charcuterie. I’ll just have to figure out a way to get her voice out of my head.