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Review: Epic at Fairmont Royal York, Toronto


I had the pleasure of reviewing the menu at Epic during my Weekend at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The philosophy at Epic is one that is near and dear to my heart: a focus on sustainable local food. They have gone to great lengths to promote local whenever possible while showcasng the bounty of the Canadian culinary landscape. Attention to detail was evident as each table featured a pot of rosemary which had been grown on the hotel’s rooftop garden. A symbol that local can even be sourced and harvested in house.

We started off with two of the restaurants signature cocktails which were being highlighted to celebrate the season. Our dinner featured local favorites such as wines from Niagara on the Lake, Prince Edward County chevre, Fun Guy Farms mushrooms, Royal York honey, local beets, Canadian beef and Niagara cherries. Epic has done an excellent job at showcasing Canadian flavours while focusing on highlighting local producers. We waddled out of the place, what an Epic meal, fit for two Queens.

We enjoyed (* notes my favorites):

Epic Icewine Martini

icewine, Finlandia vodka, citrus oil and lemon twist

Bloomin’ Spring Cocktail *

tanqueray No. Ten, chartreuse, lemon juice, simple syrup, viola

2010 Chateau Leoube, Rose, Cote de Provence, France

2011 Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand *

2010 Jean-Luc Colombo, Viognier, La Violette, Languedoc, France *

2009 Flatrock Cellars Riesling Reserve, Niagara, Canada *

2008 The Foreign Affair Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, “Conspiracy,” Niagara, Canada

Fun Guy Farms Exotic Mushroom Chowder

duck confit, prairie grains, royal york honey port essence

Sleger Greens and Fine Herb Salad

prince edward county chevre, pomegranate, oranges, kernal farm toasted peanuts, royal york honey-rosemary dressing

Oyster Tasting

mignonette sauce

Confit Cedar Vallley Duck Terrine *

icewine poached quince puree, lambs lettuce, royal york honey vinaigrette, micro croutons

Diver Scallops

du puy lentils and chobai sausage, local beets, salsa verde, truffle-jalapeno sauce

Canadian Prime Braised Beef Short Rib

yukon gold mashed potatoes, glazed root vegetables, natural jus

Exotic Ontario Mushroom Ravioli *

asparagus, butternut squash, prince edward county chevre, tarragon cream sauce

Cottage Country Brownie

triple hit chocolate brownie, hand made toasted marshmallows, walnut crunch

Niagara Preserved Cherry Tart *

graham crust, confit lemon, torched port meringue

#326 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010. 

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