Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Bymark (Summerlicious)

Five days left for Summerlicious folks! Have you taken advantage of the amazing prix-fixe deals yet? If your answer is "no" then well, good news is there's still time - Summerlicious ends this Sunday, July 21 so get on it! Make some resos! If your answer is "yes" then...um...make more resos? ;) Yesterday night, my friend Audrey and I made our way to Bymark (@BymarkDowntown) for their $45 Summerlicious dinner prix-fixe (they are also offering a $25 lunch.) Below is the rundown on our meal:

BYMARK - Chilled Absolut Citron, pink grapefruit juice, champagne ($15)
BYMARK PIMM'S CUP - Hendrick's gin, Pimm's No. 1, mint, fresh ginger ($15)

Albacore Tuna Sashimi
Pineapple, jalapeno, yuzu mayo, black garlic

Ricotta Gnudi Salad
Arugula, shaved parmesan & brown butter

Pan Seared Scallops Tamarind Glazed
Asparagus pakora, baby carrots & coconut beurre blanc

Spice Rubbed Beef Filet
Crisp onions, radish, variegated mushrooms, yellow carrot puree

Chocolate Tart
Pistachio caramel corn, caramel banana ice cream

Strawberry Rocky Road
Lemon curd, toasted marshmallow, strawberry mousse

With a nice mix of seafood and meat options, Audrey and I had a great Summerlicious dinner at Bymark. I really enjoyed my light and pillow-y ricotta gnudi salad; the slightly sweet brown butter dressing complemented the arugula to a tee. The scallop main was delicious too...the tamarind! It was absolutely delightful - it gave the entire plate a lovely hint of Asian and Latin American flair. As for the beef filet, it was soft and tender cooked to a nice rare (just a heads up the filet came out rare - I wasn't asked how I would like it done.) Both desserts were tasty but the chocolate tart was the clear winner for me. Rich, dense chocolate with a side of pistachio caramel popcorn and caramel banana ice cream? YESSS! With a variety of flavours and textures, the chocolate tart was definitely the more unique dessert out of the two.

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