Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Auberge du Pommier (Winterlicious)

Winterlicious, presented by American Express and produced by the City of Toronto, is currently taking place between January 25 to February 7. This unique culinary celebration is all about highlighting Toronto's diverse collection of restaurants and bringing unique dining experiences to life. There are over 190 restaurants participating in Winterlicious this year with numerous prix fixe menu options to choose from.

As a "Roving Reporter" for Amex, I had the opportunity to dine at Auberge du Pommier last week (@Oliver_Bonancini). I was really excited about dinner given that Auberge du Pommier is the "original jewel" in the Oliver & Bonacini empire, and has been serving modern French cuisine to Toronto diners since 1987.  

Auberge du Pommier boosts an impressive 500 label wine selection.

Aside from feasting on incredibly delicious food that evening, my role as Amex's Roving Reporter involved sharing my experiences via live tweeting as well as posting photos on Instagram

I invited my friend Cindy along for dinner. Below is a recap of our meal:

Shisho Apple Cider - Apple cider, shiso-infused lemon juice ($7)
Mulled Wine Spritzer - Spiced mulled wine, apple cider, Luxardo, grapefruit, ginger ale ($12)

Bread. Olives. Artichoke dip

Leek & Cabbage Soup - Braised leek & green cabbage, slow-poached egg, Gruyere, soudough crouton

Smoked Salmon - Watercress, capers, horseradish creme fraiche, rye bread crostini

Pork Chop - Grilled pork chop, Brussels sprouts, braised red cabbage, roasted sweet potato puree, bacon jus

Pot-au-Feu - Braised beef short rib, root vegetables, classic garnishes, dashi bouillon

Wines to complement our desserts

Chevre Parfait - Sweet & sour fruit, toasted nut bread

Sticky Date Pudding - Toffee sauce

Assorted desserts

Very solid Winterlicious experience at Auberge du Pommier.  We had a wonderful meal. Very generous portions and service was impeccable. 

If you have plans to partake in Winterlicious, make sure you Instagram photos of your Winterlicious meals with hashtag #DineWithAmex up until February 7, and enter at www.dinewithamex.ca for a chance to win 1 of 10 $100 American Express Gift Cards! Also, make sure to join the conversation by following #LiciousTO, @LiciousTO, #DineWithAmex, and @AmexCanada for Winterlicious updates.

*Dinner and blog post sponsored by Amex. The opinions and views expressed on this post are my own*

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