I enjoyed my first restaurant review-writing exploit so much that I had to do it again, which wasn’t difficult to orchestrate given my obsession with trying new food spots in the city.

A couple of weeks ago, after catching a movie in the Manulife Centre, my parents and I went to Wish at Yonge & Charles to try out their Summerlicious menu (more specifically their $25 dinner). The restaurant was decorated in a fresh and unique way, reminiscent of a beach-house or cabana:

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We all started with the Wish summer salad. It was good, but a little underwhelming – not all that creative and I would have liked more avocado (duh). For our mains, my mom and I ordered the rhubarb-glazed pork loin and my dad opted for the wild mushroom tart:

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The pork was juicy and flavourful and the potato-parsnip mash and grilled spinach were nice accompaniments, but I could have used more of the sides. The mushroom tart was tasty too and I liked the presentation, but they were a little skimpy on the “pool” of sweet pea-ricotta puree.

For dessert, we decided to each order something different so that we could share all three options: the carrot cake cupcake, the rocky road blondie and the lemon tart. All tasty, but my favourite was the lemon tart – refreshing for summer!

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Verdict: 2.75/5 stars. Everything for the most part tasted good—except for the glass of wine that my mom had to send back—but I just wished (no pun intended) that they had gone the extra mile. Their normal menu does seem more promising, though – I may go back to try one of their many burger options.

Side note: I have been to both of Wish’s sister restaurants—7 West Café and Smith—and am a fan of both. 7 West serves almost anything you can think of and is great for university students (open 24/7), and Smith has a great little patio and a perfect brunch.

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The following Wednesday, my friend Britt and I went to earth in Rosedale, also for their $25 Summerlicious dinner. It was the hottest day of the year, so Britt ordered the chilled courgette soup (courgette = zucchini) for her appetizer. I tried the tomato salad:

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It was very fresh, and the smoked paprika aioli added a nice kick of flavour.

For the main course, I ordered the arctic char and Britt got the summer vegetable Cobb – like a Cobb salad but with a quinoa base instead of lettuce. The arctic char was good, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the combination of flavours in my meal overall, mostly because there was a lot of fennel which to me tastes kind of like black licorice (of which I am not a fan).

For dessert we both ordered the pistachio custard with chocolate mousse and dacquoise. Not necessarily the most photogenic dish, but I loved it: a combination of chocolatey and nutty flavours is always right up my alley.

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Verdict: 4/5 stars. The flavours of my main course may not have been ideal for me, but everything tasted fresh and I liked knowing that everything I was eating was local (there are also lots of options for vegetarians). As well, I appreciated that the portions were smaller than what you’d find at your typical restaurant, because I was able to fully enjoy all three courses instead of being full halfway through the second.

Stay hungry!

Caj

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