Address: 1221 Bay St. , Toronto ON
When I visited: July 2014, lunch, 4 people
Rating: $$, 3
It’s Summerlicious time again, the time when 200 top restaurants in Toronto offer 3 course pre-fix menus at a great value.
What attracted me to re-visit Pangaea was that the restaurant was close to work, I had a great Summerlicious experience (food and service) in the past and I recalled they had the best creamy mushroom risotto I have eaten in Toronto.
The restaurant is located in the heart of upscale Yorkville and the decor is contemporary with accents of wood book cases and art work to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Chef Martin Kouprie takes pride in a cooking style that is close to nature and utilizes the best quality organic ingredients in his dishes. My Summerlicious lunch was an example of well thought out dishes that showcased Chef Kouprie’s style.
From the Summerlicious menu, I ordered the chilled melon soup with lime gastrique and fresh mint to start. It was light and refreshing appetizer. For my main, I ordered the seared tuna with Israeli couscous, compressed watermelon, wilted greens, roasted red pepper and avocado. The plate was beautiful and the tuna was perfectly seared and seasoned. My only complaint was that I wanted more. To end the meal, I ordered a plate of Ontario cheese.
For a $20 lunch, it was fairly priced for the quality of ingredients and taste, but I was not full. If I had a chance to re-order, I would have chosen a more substantial main including the grilled housemade lamb sausages on creamy polenta with blue cheese, grilled vegetables, fresh herbs and toasted pumpkin seeds. I took a bite and I was impressed by the spicy sausages and the flavourful creamy polenta. My friend was satisfied and full at the end of his meal (Check out other menu items here).
The food took about an hour and a half from start to finish which is a lot slower than my previous visits.
It is worth visiting Pangaea for Summerlicious or trying their regular menu items including the mushroom risotto. If you are a big carnivore or big eater like me, I would recommend the roasted pork belly and lamb sausages for the main. Summerlicious ends Sun. July 20th, so do make your reservations soon.