I couldn't help but notice that the service at Toque was excellent; the waiters are extra attentive and not rushed which in turn makes for a better dining experience. They let us sit, talk and enjoy our cocktails before bombarding us with the menu. I liked this, but at the same time thought they were letting us sit for a bit too long. Our waiter arrived with our menus and explained to us that we could enjoy their tasting menu as long as we both decided on ordering it, or we were free to order whatever our tummies wanted. We decided to order a la carte and save the tasting menu for another more special occasion.
After our waiter took our orders, he returned with an amuse bouche - totally did not expect this. We were served a butternut squash mousse that was absolutely to die for. Light, fluffy and packed with flavour, I could have eaten it as my main course. Along with the butternut squash mousse, a beautiful wooden bread basket arrived.
I ordered the seared foie gras lightly dusted in popcorn - yes popcorn - and served with an apple puree, field berry reduction, ground cherries, strawberries, cranberries and torched cubes of bread. The only thought that came to mind was insanity. This dish was so creative and so well done that I was speechless.
I was very sad to see my plate being taken away, but that also meant my main course was on it's way. I ordered the cavatelli with snow crab in a cream sauce. The dish was very flavourful, cavatelli was cooked perfectly and the crab was flaky and so good. The only element of the dish that I could not figure out was the mousse, I assumed it was there for presentation as it was flavourless and added nothing to the dish. I have craved this dish a few times since, so rich and flavourful, really a prefect pasta dish.
As we both finished our mains, our waiter came by to clear the table and offer us some delicious sounding desserts. Unfortunately for us we were so full we had no room for sweets. We kindly declined desserts and ordered tea and coffee instead. The waiter returned with our hot drinks and a little surprise, two delicious French Macarons. The delicate cookies were just delicious, the perfect ending to an amazing dinner.