To celebrate Winterlicious this year Caleigh and I visted Toula. Sitting atop the Westin Harbour Castle at 1 Harbour Square, the first thing that you notice is the phenomenal view. With 360 degrees to look at Toronto and Lake Ontario, Toula is a pinnacle of fine dining with a view to match.
For my appetizer I elected the In House Salmone Affumicato Carpaccio, the in house smoked salmon with fresh capers, lemon and extra virgin olive oil emulsion. This was, simply put, the best smoked salmon that I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a lot). Light and refreshing, it lacked nothing as an appetizer.
For my main I selected the—braised lamb shank with saffron risotto and cannellini sauce. The lamb was so soft that it was falling off the bone and its texture was almost that of salmon. It was nourishing, juicy and full of delicate flavour. The saffron risotto was as good as it sounds. Rich and heavy, it was a fulfilling and worthy side. The dish itself didn’t have many tastes but I didn’t need them, such was its quality. Paired with a Fontamara Quattro it was divine. I make pretense about being an established sommelier but I found the wine very smooth, heavy and with distinguished character.
Finally, for my desert I elected the Crema Veneziana, a crème brule. Perfectly light and not overly rich, creamy but not thick with a very slight taste of burnt cream, someone knew precisely what they were doing and how to work the torch. This was actually the highlight of my meal, and that is high praise indeed.
I finished my meal with an espresso that was so full of flavour I don’t know how it all fit into such a little cup.
Like a proper Italian meal I left fully satiated and completely full. If you are participating in Winterlicious this year, be sure to stop by Toula. It is the height of the fine dining experience, completely affordable at $23 per person and its view is only surpassed by its exquisite food.