Seven of us from work (L and B no-showed) went to Q Haute for their $20.00 two-course meal. Q Haute is a bit of trek from our office. However, with our bosses away on vacation, I thought this would be a golden opportunity to go somewhere special.
We were surprised to see that we got our own private room. The room is beautifully set-up. In the centre of the table, long wooden logs were elegantly arranged. I could imagine how cozy the fireplace would be during the winter. The window offered a pretty view of the trees and the street below.
The complimentary buns were really good – almost scone-like in texture. I thought I could taste cheese and chives. The herb butter was so good, I couldn’t help but slather it on the bun.
For my appetizer, I picked the Carrot Veloute with Chive Creme Fraiche. The richness of the chive creme fraiche was a good contrast to the soup, which was light but flavourful.
When all the food arrived, I was darting around taking pictures. My husband gets embarrased (though he won’t admit it) and my mother just gets pissed off, telling me the food is getting cold and I shouldn’t be working while I eat. I explained to my co-workers why I was taking photos of their food. They didn’t mind, some of them thought it was funny.
PB opted for the pastrami with hot mustard, rye crostini and pickles. PB real first initial is A, but I got to know him better that afternoon and thought PB was better suited to his nature. PB stands for playboy.
C and M ordered the beet salad with pork belly, tomato goat cheese and olive oil bread. This salad looked beautiful and according to C and M, it was delicious. I just love the presentation at Q Haute.
I was surprised how quickly our food came out. The servers were friendly, professional and efficient. Despite the privacy of our room, there was always someone around to ensure we had everything we needed. From what I could see, Q Haute is well-staffed. Doing lunch at Q Haute within an hour is totally doable.
J ordered the brined pork loin with lentil pilaf and honey glazed beets. The portions look small, but its actually quite dense and filling.
T ordered the salmon cake with warm quinoa salad and cucumber caper and red onion bruschetta. I think this is the perfect summer entree. If you visit and see this on the menu, do get it.
I ordered the sous vide leg of lamb tomato with barley risotto. The topping tasted like potatoes and eggs, aka potato salad which went well with the lamb. The meat itself was tender and pink. The barley risotto was perfectly cooked, each grain was smooth, glossy and firm. What we all liked about the food, besides how good it tasted, was that nothing was over salted or seasoned.
For $5.00 more, you can partake in dessert. J ordered the tonka bean cheesecake with almond financier and creme Chantilly. The food here is just too pretty to eat.
I didn’t have dessert because I had a beer instead. I was going to order wine but changed my mind when J ordered a beer. With the air quality advisory, beer is much more refreshing. Disclaimer – I took the afternoon off – so I was not drinking on the job.
The food was beautiful and delicious. The value was outstanding. The room was gorgeous and service was stellar. Company was great, but hey, what else do you expect when I’m in the room? We were all pleased as punch and then our server wowed us by bringing fresh gerbras to all the ladies in our table. We squealed like teenagers.
We all walked out feeling pretty special. Our server asked us if we would see him next Friday. Our bosses are back, otherwise the answer would be yes. I plan to organize another lunch or dinner at Q Haute with my buddies soon. Dining here is most definitely an elevated experience.