For our 5th anniversary, I decided on lunch instead of dinner as I didn’t want to stress about the girls’ bedtime. Plus, I love the idea of a weekday lunch at a good restaurant. You get to savour good food at decent prices (lunch menus are always a fraction of dinner prices) while everyone is at work. We headed into the city after Clover’s Halloween Party at school and enjoyed a 5-hour long stretch of quality couple time (we’ll take what we can get!!),
This year we went to ABC Kitchen for lunch based on recommendations by a few people at work; one of them a big foodie. Given my food preferences – nothing raw, no foie gras, no cavier, no funky parts (cheeks, tongues, intestines, privates lol) – often times French restaurants are a no-go; it’s a complete waste of money to be eating rabbit food at exorbitant prices. (E.g. Per Se would have been a complete waste on my palette.)
ABC Kitchen is by Jean-Gorges; we had a lovely meal and warm service without paying an arm and a leg for it. And it’s the first time in ages I had wine with a meal!
Mr. P started with a tuna sashimi in a ginger, soy marinate and I had the day’s special – a cauliflower soup with warmed manchego cheese and sourdough croutons, finished with chili oil. Both were simple fares but oh so tasty. I love that they didn’t dumb down the spice of the chili oil.
For mains, Mr. P went with a ricotta and egg raviolo (yes ONE) on a bed of pulled pork with freshly grated parmesan. Again, really well done except the parmesan was slightly overpowering the delicate flavour of the runny egg and ricotta. I had a lobster main done with lemon-butter and chili. This is one of the best lobster I’ve had. So simple and perfectly cooked; the meat was so sweet.
We finished the meal with a plate of cookies and an expresso for Mr. P along with a nice touch from the restaurant; they sent over a couple of cupcakes for our anniversary.