Nuit Social – Beaconsfield Village, TO

Nuit Social
Beaconsfield Village, Toronto
http://nuitsocial.com/

A friend of mine said that Nuit Social was one of her top meals of 2015, she told me to go and even gave me a $25 voucher for the place. This information in hand I made a booking for a Saturday night a couple of weeks ago.
Our booking was for 9:15, I walked in to check on where they were and was told they were slammed and the table would be available soon.

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I was dining with 5 friends and we decided that we would pop next door to grab a drink while we waited, we walked back at around 9:40 to find out our table was still not ready. We headed next door again for another drink when the owner came past at 10 to let us know our table was finally ready.

Now I understand 15 minutes, even 20, but 45 minutes after a booking time needs to be noted and improved on.

Now that I’ve got that out-of-the-way the rest of the review is unequivocally positive.

My friends left the ordering to me; we were told the dishes were all to share and we would need around 6-8 for 5 people which seemed like a decent number.

I went ahead and ordered a cheese plate and a charcuterie plate to start; now I wasn’t taking notes because well there was more than 3 people and I was the only food blogger so I can’t remember exactly what we had but I can tell you both their apple butter and whole mustard served with the charcuterie plate were phenomenal.

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The salad and arancini were first out, the arancini were perfectly rounded and filled with seasoned rice while containing melted cheese and saffron among other things. They were fried to a great crisp and served with a complementing sauce that made sure they were not on the table long.

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The salad was also great, the dressing with the different textures of each ingredient was great, I wasn’t sure if all the squash was cooked but it was the different types giving the different textures.

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They were two light starters that prepared us perfectly for the Ribs which came next.

The ribs were out next, sous vide, fried and lathered in sauce all served atop a smoked mac and cheese. We all wanted to make sure we got enough of this dish so we ordered two, a third may not have been a bad idea either.
They were amazing, the sauce full of flavour with so many ingredients as well as the make and cheese complementing the crispy tangy sauce so well. I’ve been back for these and they just keep getting better.

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The next dish out we had the duck confit; since I visited for this blog they’ve had a menu change on the duck, for us it was served as a DIY Vietnamese rice paper roll with all the usual suspects mixed together then eaten; now however it’s done with more of a classical feeling.

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Lastly the Octopus gnocchi, soft, citrusy, tart and tomatoey it was a great way to end the meal, a bowl of warmth that would be perfect for a hearty winter dish with a glass of red wine.

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I’ve since been back twice (Hiatus has its perks) and I will say their lamb is mind-blowing as well.

If you eat here you cannot go wrong, this is a written guarantee that you will thoroughly enjoy every bite you have at Nuit Social.

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Longman and Eagle – Logan Square, Chicago

Longman and Eagle
Logan Square, Chicago
http://www.longmanandeagle.com/

I went to Longman and Eagle for brunch on Saturday and received the same “it’s about 15 minute for one at the bar” as i had yesterday at Au Cheval. Having read the menu there was no way I wasn’t going to wait.

After I sat and ordered a whisky and espresso and perused the menu to make my decision.
While the food all sounded so good I ended up getting the chicken and waffles and the duck egg hash.

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The food came out all at once which was exciting; I wanted to eat so badly but the dishes looked so good I didn’t rush the photos.

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After 5 minutes of ridiculousness which involved using not only the bartender but the couple beside me as props I started with the fried chicken.

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It was something else, on first bite a satisfying crunch immediately followed by a juicy chicken with all the right flavours. The waffles were no slouch either, a robust yet fluffy waffle which complemented perfectly. To top that off they served it with a pork belly and sweet potato hash, a meal in itself but also the perfect combination that made this dish one of the (possibly the) best breakfast (brunch) plate I’ve eaten this calendar year.

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The duck egg hash has was a Yukon hash, duck confit, caramelised onions, two duck eggs done sunny side up all served with a yuzu truffle aioli.

It was a rich and flavourful dish but still felt light and oddly clean. Getting a bite of everything together was a must; the way the duck and potato texture combined with the creamy aioli and egg was amazing and the explosion of nuances in your mouth as the various flavours combined was enlightening.

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I usually have a rule when I eat alone; order two, finish one, and by one I mean half of each.
The food was that incredible at Longman and Eagle, that it not only justified, but demanded that I finish it all.

I will be back next time I visit the 312, without a doubt.

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