On the second floor of the Tiff Bell Lightbox building is Luma, another Oliver & Bonacini restaurant.
Another photography fail...I don't know why I thought these looked okay without flash. Generally, I try to avoid using flash photography in restaurants because I know it's really annoying and distracting to your companions and other restaurant patrons. It's a fine line between wanting your blog entries to be nice vs. driving people insane in the restaurant with your cameras (in this case the latter won)
Burrata cheese with butternut squash, spiced walnuts and black pepper maple vinaigrette $17
The mozzarella was soft with a delicate and light taste. The butternut squash purée and vinaigrette added a stronger flavour to the creamy cheese. It was beautifully presented.
Arctic Char with parsnip purée, roasted salsify, parsley root and red wine vanilla jus $26
I really liked the medley of root vegetables especially the long strips of roasted salsify. The arctic char was also really nicely done with a crispy skin and tender flaky meat.
Steak frites with grilled strip loin with red wine braised shallots and truffle parmesan fries $29
Truffle (or truffle oil) really does make everything better (it has an additional benefit of allowing restauranteurs and chefs to hike up the price tag on a dish). The fries were delicious and the steak was a nice medium rare.
Pistachio Financier with cardamom poached pear, gianduja chocolate mousse and almond milk ice cream $9
Amazing! I loved the pistachio financier (small, light and moist French cake made with almond flour) - it was delicate, tasty and who doesn't love the combination of pistachio and almond? Add that to the beautifully spiced poached pears, dollops of rich hazelnut and chocolate mousse and light and creamy almond ice cream and you officially have one of the best desserts of 2012. WOW!
Sticky Toffee Pudding with whisky butter sauce, apple compote and chestnut ice cream $9
This dessert was a little disappointing considering the portion size and price. The plating looks artistic, but the sticky toffee pudding kind of tasted like fruitcake. It tasted better with the whisky butter sauce, apple compote and chestnut ice cream, but I'd prefer the pistachio financier.
Overall: Great meal at Luma! The food was really nice, service was attentive and quick (they were considerate and accommodating around showtimes and schedules), and the ambiance was great. Little heads up: Luma is definitely on the pricier side of things.