America — The restaurant not the country
It was our first night of a romantic staycation at the Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto and we had the extreme pleasure of experiencing the cuisine of America Restaurant on the 31st floor of the tower. Our tasting menu featured an array of dishes created by Chef de Cuisine Bill Osborne and staff and it was the perfect start to our weekend in the city.
Envisioned by INK Entertainment and Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants, America Restaurant showcases the cuisine of the entire American region. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as dessert and late night bites.
The decor of the restaurant is eclectic, modern, inviting and comfortable with high ceilings, large floor to ceiling windows, comfy booths with cushions galore and bright splashes of colour and paintings on the walls.
America Restaurant — Here’s what we ate
We started our evening with cocktails.
An Alice Mystery mocktail to be exact for me and a Brickworks Apple Cider for hubby.
The Alice Mystery was a tasty fruity blend of raspberries, cranberry juice, lemon juice and a splash of vanilla. Great raspberry taste and not overly sweet (or mysterious).
Brickworks apple cider is a hard cider – very light and refreshing and easy to drink.
You might be thinking – bread basket? You are going to write about the bread basket?
My answer is most definitely YES. The jalapeño corn bread is incredible!
Warm, buttery and tender with a kick. I seriously could have eaten this all night it was so addictive. In fact, I ate my portion, hubby’s portion and then our attentive server John thoughtfully brought us (a.k.a ME) seconds. If it weren’t for all the other food to come, my arm might have been twisted into having a third helping as John did stop by to offer!
Foie Gras with Torchon Pickled Cherry, Puffed Barley and Crème Fraiche
The contrast of the buttery foie gras simply presented with the tart sour pickled cherry and the nutty taste of the puffed barley was so luxurious.
Ahi Tuna Poke Cocktail
Ceviche of Ahi Tuna Poke with Crispy Nori, Macadamia Nuts, Coffee Gel and Compressed Pineapple served in a Coconut. Beautifully presented, we were told that this is the most popular item on the menu. Very fresh tasting with pops of citrus.
Crispy Pig’s Tail
Crispy Pig’s Tail served with a Holy Mole, Quail Egg and Finger Lime
Don’t let the phrase “pigs tail” scare you.
Yes it’s the meat from the tail but keep saying “wee wee wee” and tell yourself that it’s a very good tasting pork croquette and eat it. You really, really should – trust me on this one!
Slow-Poached Arctic Char
Arctic Char with fennel, piccalilli purée, pickled ramps, purple barley and orange pollen
The arctic char is cooked sous-vide meaning that the fish is vacuum-sealed and immersed in a water bath. This was hubby’s favourite.
Strawberry Basil Kombucha
A bit overly sweet for my taste but perfect to cleanse your palate between courses.
Sichuan Pepper Roasted Duck Breast
Sichuan Duck Breast with a Sweet Potato Puree, Snow Pea Shoots, Wild Mushrooms and Foie Gras
The duck was perfectly cooked. Tender sweet on the inside and beautifully crispy charred on the outside.
Remonte-Pente Maple Syrup
We were presented with a spoonful of the very exclusive and very expensive Remonte-Pente Syrup from Quebec. Coveted by chefs around the world it’s no surprise that only chefs get first dibs each year on the limited supply produced with some ordering a year in advance.
It isn’t overly sugary sweet but it had a rich, smokey taste with hints of vanilla and toasted almond. Beautifully thick with a dark caramel colour — 1 teaspoon will do you…you won’t be pouring this on your french toast!
Strawberry Sorbet Verrine
Basil strawberry sorbet with pistachio praline and preserved pink lemon.
The perfect ending to a perfect tasting menu.
THE place for drinks
Even if you don’t choose to dine at America Restaurant, do make plans to stop in for drinks and sit at either the bar or the patio. The patio balcony is not very expansive with perhaps a dozen seats but the view of Toronto at night from the 31st floor is gorgeous and very romantic.
Thursday to Saturday after 9 pm America Restaurant transforms into an intimate lounge with DJ, bottle service and late night bites.
Do plan a visit to America Restaurant the next time you are in downtown Toronto. Each plate is a tasty work of art and the expert wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable.
My one and only comment was that I found the restrooms to be incredibly dark. So dark that it is practically pitch black in there with black walls, black tile, black stalls and black plumbing fixtures. So be warned and don’t trip while you are using the facilities.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto
325 Bay Street, 31st Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5H 4G3
Oliver & Bonacini is recognized as one of Canada’s leading fine dining restaurant Corporations and America Restaurant is just one of the unique and innovative restaurants within their portfolio. We were guests of America Restaurant. This had no bearing on my review. As always, all my opinions are my own.
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