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Estia Blows a Warm Mediterranean Breeze into Yorkville
Tucked away in the heart of the city at 90
Now back to the good stuff — our charcuterie plate, not officially on the menu, is a pleasant mix of Nduja and meats cured in their in-house charcuterie fridge. Crackers seasoned with sumac flowers from around the city are an excellent pairing. House halloumi, made with cow’s milk is served with warm truffle-infused honey and roasted grapes make a delightful sweet yet savoury, melt-in-the-mouth appetizer. Completed by an extensive selection of wine, the night is getting off to an excellent start.
Heaton’s team prepares us a fresh whole fish, killed Japanese Ikejime style – chef feel’s it’s not only more humane but a gentler way to preserve the texture, taste and colours. Seasonings range from olive oil, sea salt, and chermoula. And, yes…we’re back on the sunny Mediterranean coast from our mouthwatering first bite,
For a fabulous finish… it’s a toss-up between the Kataifi Tart that boasts a smooth semolina custard with pistachio, almonds, walnuts and cardamom and the Turkish Coffee Meringue. We go for one of each and who can resist a scoop or two of the Goats Milk and Salted Whey Caramel ice cream.
At a glance:
Estia: 90 Avenue Road, Toronto. www.estiarestaurant.com
Definitely a crowd pleaser.
Food is tasty, dare I say healthy. Service is excellent. A great spot for date night, family dinner or catching up with friends.