|Bent - Sake Lemongrass Oyster Shot|
My cousin H chose it for her sister's birthday. To make things easier for us, the hostess suggested that we get the Prix Fixe tasting menu since we were such a large group. These were the only annoying aspects of our visit here. 1. They required she put down a charged 200$ deposit for the table. 2. They sent her a menu and told her the price, $50, for THAT menu (which she emailed to all the guests) and when we arrived, they claimed that was a sample and if we wanted a 50 menu, they would have to make adjustments. I tried to explain that that wasn't the point. The point was, we were given that menu and told it was 50$ and we were all here and expecting that. In the end, though somewhat apologetic, they were unrelenting and insisted we pay the 65$ to have the menu we were emailed. SO I'M CLEAR, it wasn't the mere 15$ difference. We ended up spending as much as the meal on wine. It was that we made the booking based on the menu and the price given and they did not honour that.
Park that because it was my cousin S's birthday. Thankfully she was at the other end of the looooong table from H and I while we debated the situation with the maitre d', so she didn't have to worry.
|Bent - Braised Spiced Short Ribs - Spectacular|
|Bent - Duck Wraps|
|Bent - Lobster Taro Tacos|
|Bent - Tempura - CrunchyAwesomeness|
Deep dark Braised Spiced Short Ribs with Potatoes and Kale - An event, very rich, full of flavour, well cooked.
Chive and Shrimp wontons - Crispy, well seasoned
Pressed Octopus with Capers and Pomegranate - Suprisingly tender and gently dressed.
Watermelon and Tuna Ceviche - Signature. Great balance of Sweet Sour Savoury, Rich, Bright. Loved the 'croutons'.
Yellowtail Hamache - Very fresh
Tofu Tempura with a Coconut Tuile and Tempura Yam - OMG, I could eat that tuile all night. Tempura was light and not oily. Yam a tad heavy but still yummo.
Duck Wraps with Slaw in Rice Basket - It comes with Fois Gras! H and D were scraping the little cup the Fois Gras came in. You spread the wrap with FG and layer on the Duck. The Slaw is a nice cruncy Asian take, much less complex than dad's (aka Lee's) but still yummo, served in a playful, edible Rice basket
Mini Apple Tart for veggies / Procuitto Arugula Tart for carnies
Nori and Tofu - Fresh, light. Had most of this to myself as it came with the Ribs :^D
This was all accompanied by copious bottles of wine.
Assorted Desserts - This was a weak point. We really didn't like any of the desserts. On our second visit though, which I'll write about soon, The desserts were much better.
|Bent - Procuitto Arugula Tart|
|Bent - Desserts Disappointing (this time)|
Wine list: Great selection
Ambiance: Lively bistro but did not like sitting at the elevated barstool table at the door.
Family friendly: no, not the setting nor menu
Food: Wonderful combinations, fresh and addictive
777 Dundas Street West