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The Chef’s Table Blogger Event at Canyon Creek

I am no stranger to Canyon Creek, as I have dined at their establishment on several occasions throughout the years. I have featured some of their dishes on my IG here, here, and here if you are interested in seeing what else they offer. A couple of local bloggers, and influencers were invited to the Front St location of Canyon Creek to get a taste of what it's like to be a Canyon Creek Club member. The event was called “The Chef’s Table” and featured a 6 course menu complete with wine pairings, hosted by our Executive Chef Dorian King. The following dinner is $50 per member (including all food and wine pairings), and is available at all Canyon Creek locations.
The Canyon Club is a customer program (free to join) where guests are invited to experience the best of what Canyon Creek has to offer. Members receive the following:

$10 off $30 just for joining.
Call-ahead seating
Access to secret menu items
Exclusive food and beverage experiences

1st course - Charcuterie paired with Ravenswood Chardonnay. The first course was an arrangement of cured meat and cheese. There was a variety of cured meats (Jamón Ibérico, Chorizo Ibérico, and Bresaola), and cheeses (Albert’s Leap Ontario Brie, Zamarano, and Brezain Wood Fire Smoked Cheese).

2nd course - Jimaca Shrimp Tacos paired with Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc. The dish arrived with two tacos topped off with tiger shrimp, dark red grapefruit, avocado, pickled red onion, serrano chili, and coriander cress with sriracha crema dotted around the ends. This was my first time trying a jicama tortilla, which added a nice crunch to the tangy shrimp. Jicama is an edible root vegetable, and native to Mexico. It's a good alternative for those who love tacos, but are more calorie-conscious. This was my favorite appetizer of the night.

3rd course - Bison Carpaccio paired with a Vintage Ink Merlot Cabernet. The bison carpaccio was plated with a side of arugula salad with sherry vinaigrette. Chef Dorian King mentioned in the introduction of the dish that the bison is Canadian Rangeland Bison and farmed in Alberta, and raised with no antibiotics, or growth promotants.

4th course - Beet and Goat Cheese Salad paired with Inniskillin Pinot Noir. Normally, I find goat cheese to have a rather strong aroma, but this one had a nice earthy flavor to it without being overpowering. The salad is comprised of honey goat cheese coulis spread across the plate topped off with arugula salad.

5th course - Filet Mignon and Lobster Portabella paired with Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon. The main course was a filet mignon accompanied by a giant Ontario cremini mushroom stuffed with butter baked lobster. The addition of the asparagus, and russet potato mash was a nice touch to create sides that well complemented the steak. The steak itself was a decent size to accompanied a 6 course meal, and it was lean with good flavor. There is a slightly bigger version of this dish available only at the Canyon Creek Sherway location (7 oz sirloin in lieu of filet mignon).

6th course - We ended the meal with dessert -  Potted Blueberry Cheesecake paired with Ruffino Prosecco. The dessert was served in individual mason jars topped off with blueberry compote, and a mint sprig. The no-bake cheesecake had a nice flavor contrast as the cheesecake bits had a subtle cheese flavor, while the blueberry compote was sweet. 


As an added incentive, sign up to become a member today at www.canyoncreekrestaurant.ca/club, and receive a $20 off $40 offer when you sign up with the promo code BLOGGEREXCLUSIVE (valid until March 15, 2016). It's a great value!

Address: 156 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 2L7

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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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Black Ox Bistro

Black Ox Bistro is a restaurant in Scarborough offering modern halal cuisine with an elevated flair. The restaurant caters to serving halal-certified meat that are from HMA (Halal Monitoring Association) certified sources. It's not a requirement for me to eat halal, but I was invited a couple of weeks ago to check out what Black Ox Bistro had to offer. I found out that they do not only offer halal items, but there were veterinarian and gluten-free options as well. Black Ox Bistro opened to much interest in the Muslim community this past January. Given the long lines at the Toronto’s Halal Food Festival 2015, one could tell the restaurant has gained popularity for their take on mainstream style dining.  However, the food isn't just for those who require their meat to be halal-certified, as it's certainly for everyone who loves good food. 

Upon entering the establishment, it was clear that the management of Black Ox Bistro wanted to create a more upscale and relaxed environment. The dining room was spacious with a bar located at the front of the house where they make in-house mocktails. The reason for the sale of mocktails is because alcohol is not permitted in hahal establishments. 

I started the night off with an order of their most popular mocktails, the Pina Colada ($6) - pineapple juice, coconut cream, and crushed ice. It was a very refreshing drink with a strong hint of coconut, which I enjoyed.

 I was told by one of the servers that the flat bread was one of the most popular appetizers on the menu. However, I decided to opt for the bacon wrapped scallops after seeing pictures of it on my Instagram feed earlier that week. The bacon wrapped scallops ($14) - four pan seared east-coast sea scallops, smoked veal bacon, arugula and mushroom salad, were absolutely delicious, and flavored really well. Normally, I am not a huge bacon fan, but I really liked that the texture of the veal bacon was slightly less crispy than pork bacon.

As for my entree, I got the filet mignon (6 oz) ($24) - the most tender and leanest of all steaks. All steaks are of the highest quality, and are never frozen. The steaks are Canadian Angus beef that are aged for 28 day, and HMA certified hahal. Each steak entree was served with the customer's choice of two sides from the following list; seasonal vegetables, house cut fries, or roasted garlic mash. I opted for the seasonal vegetables, and roasted garlic mash. I also added an extra order of lobster tail with lemon herb butter ($12) to make it into my own version of surf & turf. The juicy steak was cooked exactly to my order, which was medium. The sauce that I selected was the Café de Paris butter. A good Café de Paris butter needs to have the perfect balance of butter, and the fragrant herbs and spices used. The texture of the one from Black Ox Bistro was slightly thicker than I would have liked, but it did add flavor to the steak. The lobster tail also added the extra touch to what was a very tasty and filling meal.

Black Ox Bistro prides themselves on serving a variety of items that are made in-house from fresh local ingredients. Similarly to their food items, the desserts were all made in-house by their chefs. I was happy to see that one of the options was crème brûlée; my favorite dessert of all time. I ordered the crème brûlée ($7) - silky and smooth topped with caramelized sugar, which was well plated. Overall, the dessert was indeed excellent, and it was a generous portion compared to the ones at similarly priced restaurants.

I was pleasantly surprised that all of the staff provided both friendly, and attentive service to all diners. They all worked cohesively as a well-unified team, and that resulted in providing great and consistent service. Overall, I had a fine dining experience at Black Ox Bistro, as I enjoyed both the food and ambiance. 

Address: 1780 Markham Road, Scarborough, ON,M1B 2W2
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Website: http://www.blackoxbistro.com/

Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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Canyon Creek Chophouse

 Canyon Creek Chophouse is a popular steakhouse chain offering "premium dining experience without the formality". They have several locations in the GTA, and the two that I frequent the most are the Front Street West location, and Queensway location. I find that they offer both consistent food and service, which is why I keep on returning to dine there.

BBQ Baby Back Ribs (half) ($21.95) - slow braised ribs, grilled and brushed in smoky glaze, with skinny fries and slaw.

Signature Aged Prime Rib (12 oz) ($27.75) - aged for forty days, marinated in our Dijon mustard seasoning, slow roasted for hours, and served with Cabernet jus and horseradish sour cream.

Certified Angus Beef Top Sirloin (7 oz) ($22.75) - full flavored steak.

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Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse

 I was invited to the Leave Your Wallet at Home Wednesdays by Tab; held at the Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse. They held an event every Wednesday for the month of August, where both Tab and Uber, featured one restaurant where people can dine at. 

The deal is great as users get $20 off their bill if they use Tab to pay (using promo LeftMyWallet), and 20% off their Uber ride (using promo code: NOWALLETWED). For more information, you can read about my first-hand experience here.

Now onto my review of my dinner at Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse. Prior to my visit, I checked out their website which advertises that they offer 20 cuts of seasoned and grilled meats, so I was excited to check it out. 

Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse is an AYCE Brazilian Steakhouse, and there are 3 locations (with one being in Niagara Falls) in Ontario. When you first enter the place; you will reach the hostess area where one of the hostesses would bring you to your seat. The overall design of the place can be described as both modern and chic with red/blue tones illuminating the space. Our waitress arrived shortly after, and we told her that we were paying with Tab.

The price is a fixed price at $37 (Sun to Thurs) and $45 (Fri and Sat). Just a quick note that drinks and desserts are not included in the price, and costs extra.


 Near the entrance was the galleria which was chock full of side dishes and a salad bar. The set up was pretty much buffet-style and the selection was pretty good.  My favorite part of the galleria was that they served hot mussels, which I couldn't help but packed on my plate. Additionally, to the right of the galleria was the open concept bakery offering five different kinds of bread. 

The carvers would circled around the restaurant with large skewers of delicious steaks, and carve slices table-side. I believe that there were about about 8 different carvers that night; assigned to different sides of the room.

My favorites of the night were the skirt steak dry rub, butter milk rib-eye, flank steak, top sirloin, pork sausage, and chimichurri steak. I wasn't a huge fan of the filet mignon wrapped in bacon or leg of lamb. I rarely eat pineapples, but I thought that their roasted pineapple was rather good. I liked the contrasting taste between the pineapples and meats. There was a good selection of meat that night, so if you're a meat lover, then you will enjoy it. Some slices were slightly over-seasoned with salt, but the majority of the meat that I did try were tasty.

The list of items that they serve are:

Skirt Steak Dry Rub
Picanha Brazil
Chimichurri Steak
Prime Rib with Cheddar
Butter Milk Rib-Eye
Top Sirloin   
Flank Steak
Filet Mignon Wrapped in Bacon
Beef Ribs
Garlic Sirloin Steak
Chicken Drumstick
Parmesan Chicken
Moroccan Chicken
Pork Sausage
Leg of Lamb
Roasted Pineapple

I have also been to the midtown location on Eglinton Ave E once, and I'd say that the meat quality was pretty consistent. I am not sure if the downtown location was the same, but the NYE price for this location was $150. That was a pretty high mark-up.

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The overall service from the carvers were good as they came around with the meats often, except one particular guy. I believe that he was the main carver there, and he missed our table on five different occasions. He would stop over at the table next to us which was full of chatty ladies, and would topped off their plates with meat. We deduced it to that we weren't ordering alcohol (I am allergic and my friend was driving us back home to uptown) ... meanwhile the next table were downing red wine. If this was the case for the inferior service on his end, then that's just downright rude as we were also paying patrons. Even with this little mishap; the both of us still had an enjoyable dinner cause everyone else was friendly and accommodating.

The overall atmosphere was lively and fun, so it's a good place for a casual dinner with friends/family and even a date. Bon Appétit!

Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was completely subsidized by Tab. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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