[Spanish/French] Edulis

[Spanish/French] Edulis

Restaurant: Edulis
Location: 169 Niagara Street, Toronto, ON M5V
Price Range: $$$$

Located in a quiet neighborhood of King Street East, Edulis is famously known as the No. 8 restaurant in Canada’s 100 best in 2016 and No.6 in Joanne Kate’s top 50 in Post City Toronto. Edulis itself had a cozy and welcoming atmosphere – almost like having a dinner at your grandma’s house. The restaurant was tiny as well, thus a reservation must be made in advance, especially for dinner.

There are two tasting menus available: 5 courses ($65) and 7 courses ($85). I would recommend going with 7 courses as each course is tasting portion (tiny). Also, the menu is heavily evolve around seafood and vegetables, thus if you prefer meat, you might not enjoy Edulis as there was only 1 meat dish out of the 7 courses.

Some or most of the dishes I had might no longer be available as the menu changes quite frequent. I also apologize in advance for the lack of description for each dishes. My friend and I were both promised with an email of the menu for that night, but we never received one after multiple follow-ups.

Instead of an in-depth review as usual, I will do an overall review of the food & service (which was terrible by the way). Keep scrolling down to see what dishes I had, and a concluding review at the end.

Complimentary breads from Edulis
Complimentary breads from Edulis
Nova Scotia bigeye tuna with tomatoes sauce & black garlic
Nova Scotia bigeye tuna with tomatoes sauce & black garlic
Poached lobster with pumpkin seeds
Poached lobster with pumpkin seeds
Scallops and mushrooms
Scallops and mushrooms
Spanish Mackerel
Spanish Mackerel
Spanish rice & halibut cheeks
Spanish rice & halibut cheeks
Rabbit two ways: porchetta and pressed
Rabbit two ways: porchetta and pressed
Mashed potato?
Mashed potato?
Strawberry and chamomile sorbet
Strawberry and chamomile sorbet

After we completed our mains, the sorbet took 30 mins to arrive.. I understand there might have been a bottleneck inside the kitchen but it would have been nice if the server informed us. While waiting, we tried to waive down the server to inquire on the status of the dessert, unfortunately she decided to ignore our table.

Baba au Rhum cake with Chantilly Cream
Baba au Rhum cake with Chantilly Cream
  • Each dishes were not heavily seasoned which allowed the natural flavors of the combined ingredients to shine. The flow of all the courses made sense: from light to heavy. Though I actually preferred to be served the baba au rhum cake prior to serving the sorbet, as my preference is to finish a tasting menu with a light dish.
  • My only complain out of the 7 courses is the rhum cake. I thought the cake was lovely with a chantilly cream to balance out the rum, but it became incredibly soggy as the server was too heavy-handed on the rum.
  • Service was terrible. Our server was condescending and rude toward our table. She essentially treated us as kids. Maybe she had a bad day, but trust me, I was a server previously and I would never treat the customers in such disrespectfully manner. Why? Because the server’s performance at the front will overall affect the restaurant’s reputation. 
  • The bill & payment issue was a mess. For example: the bill was $100, my friend paid $150, the server gave my friend $150 with the $50 bill broken down... How does that even make any sense? She explained that she didn’t want to assume tips. The server then accused us of not paying and murmured under her breath: “Well I’m sorry if this is too complicated for you to understand” – her exact word.

All in all, the service at Edulis was terrible for a restaurant of this caliber. The food was excellent and I would come back again – just be mindful to avoid that particular server though.

Edulis Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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