Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Grain Store

Pan seared scallop, garden pea puree, saffron veloute, boudin noir crumbs, crackling.
Duck breast, burnt blood orange caramel, carrot puree, baby beets, spiced pearl potato.
Crispy pork cheek, butternut squash, pardón pepper, roasted plums, pear and cider relish.
Frozen peanut butter parfait with brûléed figs, strawberry compote and a lime and cucumber syrup.

I've heard good things about The Grain Store and have been dying to try it. I knew it was more on the pricey side but we decided to have a go at it. When we first stepped through the doors, we were greeted by the friendly staff and were seated right outside the kitchen, which I didn't mind. It was rather exciting watching the chefs cook our meal. The atmosphere was lovely as well with the candles flickering making it very romantic. 

We ordered our meals and were served some fresh focaccia bread with olive oil. I took a bite and I was surprised at how a piece of bread could be so tasty. Crusty on the outside and soft as a pillow on the inside. I was in bread heaven! We were definitely off to a good start. 

For starters, we had the seared scallops, which were cooked to perfection. The flavours were balanced well with the salt from the scallops, sweetness from the pea pureé and a slight tang with some pickled vegetable of some sort. (Making myself a little hungry writing about this.)

Our main meals were very hearty and full of different vegetables that complimented the dishes very well. The duck breast was very tender and the carrot puree was delightful. It had a faint taste of caramel, which I like. As for the pork cheek, it was very rich but the shaved zucchini lightened up the dish. 

After a great starter and main course, we knew we had to try a dessert. We were pretty full at this point but we just had to try more. We had a light peanut butter parfait with strawberries and a very interesting cucumber syrup. It was a clever take on a pb&j, which was light and a great way to end our meal at The Grain Store. 

We would most definitely return and try their brunch menu!

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