Friday, June 12, 2009

Dinner Out

Had a nice and pleasant evening tonight as I took a friend out to dinner to celebrate their birthday. We went to a local upscale restaurant called Solé. Solé's is situated in a 150 year old Seagram's Distilling building, minutes from our Uptown Core . Very close to the pictures I showed on our walk a few weeks back. The interior soars two stories high to a timber frame ceiling, exposed brick and generous wood finishes, setting the tone for an elegant yet casual experience. The walls of the restaurant were adorned with the art of Bianca D'Angelo who is a young aspiring local artist ready to confront the world with her art. Although this was somewhat planned, I didn't make reservations yet we were accommodated within minutes. And the food was fantastic.

Art of Bianca D'Angelo

I started off with pan seared sea scallops in a double smoked bacon and wild mushroom cream, garnished with shards of Parmesan cheese. The scallops were a little small but the sauce was unbelievably filled with flavour. Then I followed this up with a plate of Mixed Baby Greens... balsamic and olive oil, sun dried tomatoes, charred corn and toasted pine nuts. Then, for my main course I selected Medallions Of Pork Tenderloin... vanilla and saffron poached pear, port plum reduction and mashed sweet potato. The pear was centered in the middle of the plate making it quite the showy presentation. And, although I was pretty stuffed, we couldn't have a birthday celebration without a little cake. So we both indulged ourselves with a huge wedge of Carrot Cake coated in a creamy icing. Of course, I could barely move after that and was just looking forward to getting into some comfy clothing.

We ate in this room!

Interesting Pizza Oven

Well, tomorrow I get to work it all off! We have a planned recreational day tomorrow afternoon at work where we combine a bike ride with a canoe trip down one of our local rivers. Hopefully the weather cooperates. I hope you all have a wonderful Friday....and don't sweat the small stuff, 'cause it's all small stuff. Sometimes ;-)

Nice Copper Touches

High Vaulted Ceilings


Anonymous said...

Looks and sounds wonderful! You dinner selections had my mouth watering! I do love scallops (and everything else from the sea), and who could ever say no to carrot cake! YUM!
I am glad that you had a nice evening out. Enjoy your work fun day - ours is next Thursday. But I am not sure how much physical exercise we are doing - I have a feeling it will be more eating and drinking than anything else!

Natalie said...

Sounds like a really nice evening. I loved the art works and the building.
Your meal sounded awesome,but most of all, I hope the company was good. :D

James said...

That place looks great. Sounds like you had a wonderful evening.

Lori ann said...

Wow. I love it all. That sounds like fun. And your day tommorrow, canoeing and bike riding! really fun! Have a great time ☺

ms toast burner said...

Ooooooh, how lovely, Bogey!

My birthday is next January... just so you know... haha! ;-)

Ai Shiang said...

I like that restaurant you went to! Very conventional.

your dish sounded good too, the scallops, bacon and wild mushroom. Didn't you take pictures of them? Oh no! I'm feeling hungry just thinking about that.

James said...

Hi Bogey, I hope you are having a good weekend. I also want you to know that I am awarding you the Uber Amazing Blog award. You can claim it at my Newtown blog.