Friday, November 18, 2011

The Gabardine

Rewind six months ago, when I still worked in the financial district near Yonge and Adelaide, The Gabardine (@TheGabardine) was so much closer to me compared to where I work now at Liberty Village; I could have easily dropped by for lunch before but I never did *sigh*. However, as you guys know, I hardly eat out for lunch anyway - I save my appetite and $$$ for dinner~ Once work is done, location is never an issue for me...that's what my car is for!

My friend Julia and I went to The Gabardine for dinner last week. It was actually a last minute decision so I'm glad we were able to get a reservation for 6PM.

We sat at a table at the very back.

Hmmmmm...devilled eggs...*hungry*

Classic Caesar - Vodka, Clamato, Tabasco, Lea & P, Celery Salt garnished with Fresh Horseradish & Lime ($7) - Probably one of the best Caesars I've had in a while. I'm honestly SICK of watered down Caesars and this one was anything but that. I asked for extra spicy and while most places would just add extra pepper / Tobasco, The Gabardine gave me a very generous amount of horseradish which I loooooove.


Rabbit rillettes with sour cherry preserve and toasts ($9)

The rillette was soft, creamy and very spreadable. I loved the sour cherry preserves and the mini salad on the side because they complemented the rillete extremely well. Instead of us having to ask, our server asked us whether we wanted more toasts when we finished ours. We liked that.


Grilled cheese with sweet onion and tomato jam, served with potato salad & greens ($12) - Hot, ooey-gooey delicious melted cheese....oh soooo good and extremely delicious. All praises from me. A bite of the grilled cheese, then a bite of the potato salad, another bite of the grilled cheese, then the greens...repeat!

Mac and cheese with breadcrumb crust ($13)

Best Mac & cheese EVER. It was creamy, hearty, extremely chees-y, exactly how a mac & cheese should be. Classic comfort food and I felt so warm and happy while eating it. We had so much cheese in one night but no regrets.


Pistachio marshmallow, spongy toffee, pineapple jelly, coffee caramel (complimentary) - Thanks to The Gabardine's pastry chef, Christine Fancy, we got to try her latest creations. The pistachio marshmallow was definitely my favourite as the others were a bit too sweet for my taste. 

Burnt marshmallow ice cream sandwich ($7) - Simple yet decadent, classic desserts like an ice cream sandwich always hits the spot for me. This ice cream sandwich is definitely not your traditional, run-of-the-mill ice cream sandwich though; with the burnt marshmallow ice cream and the caramel drizzle, it was honestly over the top. I would order this again and again. I think the table beside us ordered it too after seeing ours.

Julia and I both enjoyed everything single thing we had at The Gabardine. I can't wait to go back.

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