A Spanish Night

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My desire to travel to Spain has just doubled, no TRIPLED since my dining experience Sunday night at Cava Restaurant located mid town Toronto. A good friend who actually serves at this beautiful local establishment invited me to have dinner with her after attending my “Old World vs New World” wine class in Liberty Village last week while we were discussing our great love for food and wine.

 

 

 

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It was hands down, one of the best meals I have ever eaten, (unbutton your pants worthy) and on top of that, included foods I have never tried before that thought I would actually hate!

A small, yet original and innovative hideaway, Cava‘s emphasis on Iberian and Latin American flavours has set an authentic style to their Spanish tapas cuisine.

 

 

We chose to order from the “Trust Me” menu which entails chefs to prepare specialities from the menu while servers pair each small dish with a wine. Our server, Adrian was knowledgeable, friendly and organized and I was completely impressed with the pairings he chose for each dish we ate (and boy, there were MANY!)

After reading what I ate, I am sure you might be a little sceptical (and trust me I was too) but in my opinion, there is no better experience to dining than trying new foods at new places! (I seem to prove this point every new place I go!)

Course 1

SUPERGILDA- Sardine escabeche, crushed tomato on toasted baguette rubbed with garlic, with a skewer of guindilla pepper, anchovy, and olive

I know what you are thinking, SARDINES! My friend was telling me last night when I had the same reaction that most people associate sardines with what is found in a can, but this fish was fresh, flavoured and cooked just right! It was my second favourite course of the evening!

Pairing: Fino “Tio Pepe” Sherry- Gonzalez Byass Jerez de la Frontera

I am not a huge fan of Sherry, however the dish completely complemented it and it was delicious!

PINCHO OF GAMAY-POACHED FOIE GRAS

The Foie Gras was creamy and excellent! Tasted like butter on toast!

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Course 2

CHICORIES WITH VALDEON, SMOKED ALMONDS, AND PEAR SALAD

Pairing: Riesling “Dolomite” Cave Spring 2013 Niagara, Canada

The Valdeon, Spanish blue cheese, paired perfectly with the slight sweetness of the Cave Springs Riesling and the pear notes in the wine matched well with the pears in the salad.

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Course 3

EGGPLANT WITH QUESO FRESCO, BONITO, & TOMATILLO SAUCE

Pairing:Palo Cortado “Obispo Gascon” Barbadillo Sanlúcar de Barrameda

Both were divine!

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Course 4

ROASTED SABLEFISH WITH BLACK RICE, AND COLLARD GREENS

Pairing: Chardonnay Southbrook 2013 Niagara, Canada

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SMOKED SEA SCALLOP WITH HOMINY, GREEN TOMATO, SORREL, AND PASILLA CREMA

Pairing:“Bere” Traditional Basque Cider

This cider pairing was unique and delicious! (I do not believe I have ever had a Spanish cider before!) The cider was very fresh and light and was a wonderful accompaniment to the scallop

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Course 5

Cornish Hen: hazelnut romesco, roasted cauliflower, braised collard greens

This was a special treat as it is not on the menu and was as equally incredible!

Pairing:“Biberius” Comenge 2013 Ribera del Duero, Spain

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Course 6

CHURROS CON CHOCOLATE

Pairing: MONASTRELL “AFTER 3” VINO DULCE NATURAL LOS FRAILES

Of course, I was pursuaded into dessert and I do not regret it one bit! The churros were fresh and the chocolate rich! The Vino Dulce was an excellent sweet match!

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After dinner, we had another little surprise. The manager brought over Pedro Ximénez “Don P.X.” Toro Albalá 1962 Montilla-Moriles. This was a treat for me because I have never tried a PX sherry before! It was so sweet, we only needed the 1 ounce we were given!

 

 

 

 

 

I have to admit, this was the longest dinner I have ever had! We wined and dined for 3 hours! I was so pleasantly full and satisfied with the meal and my entire experience!

The owners of Cava recently opened a new French restaurant, Chabrol, in Yorkville and that has definitely placed high on my food list of restaurants to go next!

Thank you to my fabulous friend for a night out and to the wonderful employees at Cava! Another great restaurant experience in the books!

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