I’m not one to go in for the Valentine’s Day experience. I may have bought my partner of three years a giant heart-shaped box of chocolates, but I gave them to him unceremoniously a week ahead of the holiday. Valentine’s Day is something I just don’t want to think about. And yet it’s still something I could get into. If only someone took care of the food, the drinks and the music.
The Roxton (379 Harbord) has got you covered on any given night, but on Valentine’s Day they promise to be your co-pilot and help you finesse that sometimes awkward beast: the romantic dinner. My boo and I got a special preview of what Junior and co. has in store, what he called “a preemptive strike on Valentine’s Day.” Junior emphasized that everything we were tasting and what The Roxton has planned for Valentine’s wont stray too far from the regular menu, but will lend itself to spontaneity and inspired creations.
Our particular meal started out with a hot and steamy cream of fennel soup and perfectly creamy jalapeño quesadilla to ward off the chills from an extra snowy day.
Next was a charcuterie platter that I wanted to make a home with. In-house cured duck prosciutto and curried pork belly had us seeing cartoon hearts in the air. Equally lovely house made pickled vegetables, and some choice cheese made it all come together.
Junior was really showing us his mise steez when he brought out a spontaneous, yet well thought out beet, fried polenta, mixed greens, grilled salmon salad topped with a poached egg. Perfectly paired flavours, delightfully hearty, and delicious.
It’s easy to please me when it comes to desserts but I think The Roxton’s in-house made cherry ice cream has stolen my heart. Equally divine were the hand rolled mini sugar donuts, and creme brule.
Don’t be a loser in love and take the one you’re smooching or potential sweetie to The Roxton on Friday where you’ll be well taken care of.