T-minus 10 days until Valentine’s Day…but no pressure or anything!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you have yet to make plans – don’t fret! I’ve partnered with Zomato to bring you a chance to win a romantic dinner for two (wine and cocktails included!) at Brassaii Restaurant and Lounge.
Brassaii Restaurant and Lounge is Toronto’s sophisticated and cosmopolitan destination. Nestled amidst a romantic cobblestone courtyard patio, Brassaii elevates the finer dining experience by surrounding its guests in what can be described as architectural heritage integrated with modern trends of progressive, SOHO-inspired design innovations.
This past weekend I was lucky enough to have the chance to head out to Brassaii. I hadn’t been in years, and when I say years – I mean YEARS. I hadn’t been since before I moved to Las Vegas in 2010! So needless to say, I was excited to check out the restaurant and lounge, and see what changes they have made over the years.
…and changes they have made!
Brassaii‘s Mediterranean inspired menu is constantly changing to give their guests a new and exciting gustatory experience. Executive Chef, Marcus Monterio specially crafted the menu after travelling and working in 25 countries and 100 cities.
Combing his fine-dining experience with his newfound knowledge and love of new-aged Mediterranean, Monteiro brings an uncompromised approach to Brassaii’s culinary vision and aims to elevate the menu beyond borders to highlight a vast variety of unexpected Mediterranean cultures.
I often go out to eat and am overwhelmed with options. Pages and pages of menu, leaving me confused and unsure what I should order. Brassaii keeps it simple, with a handful of appetizer and main course options to choose from. There is still a wide variety, so you’re sure to find something no matter how picky your palate may be!
To start, I chose the delicious and light, Arugula + Chicken pictured above.
Arugula, grilled corn, turtle beans, goats cheese, crispy tortilla and lemon vinaigrette.
I’m a pasta fiend, so when I see that freshly made pasta is being served, I will almost always order it…like I did at Brassaii when I ordered the Taglioni.
Three cheeses, fresh pasta, beef and veal meatballs, tomato sugo and fresh basil.
After our first and second courses were served, the table beside ours had already ordered dessert. Both Jo and I couldn’t take our eyes off of their dessert options! While the Dark Chocolate Mile High Shard Cake did look impressive, I opted for the Blue Moon Cheesecake. (Don’t worry, Jo got the chocoalte cake – so really, I had the chance to try both. LOL)
Lemon, gin and Crème de Violette with warm apple satellites.
Fun Fact: Pastry Chef, Mark Cheese actually baked for the Queen’s mum
As soon as you walk into Brassaii, you will be greeted with a custom cocktail made especially for the evening by Mixologist Extrodinare, Orlando. You’ll be swept away for a romantic, VIP Valentine’s Day dinner like no other, featuring a three-course dinner, with wine pairings for each course and ending the night with a bottle of Chandon Brut Classic Sparkling Wine to be enjoyed with dessert.
Valentine’s Day Set Menu
Course 1, with wine glass pairings
Option 1 (Salad): Quinoa and Arugula Salad – apple + goats cheese + dried cranberries + crispy quinoa + fresh pomegranate
Option 2 (Soup): Roasted onion and Sherry soup with fried pickled onions
Course 2, with wine glass pairings
Option 1 (Vegetarian): Roasted red beet and reduced balsamic Risotto
Option 2 (Fish): Pan seared arctic char + fingerlings + sundried tomato + arugula + yellow pepper burre blanc
Option 3 (Meat): Grilled 6 oz AAA Tenderloin + mashed potato + roasted root vegetables + béarnaise sauce and a crispy horseradish garnish
Course 3, accompanied by a bottle of Chandon Brut Classic Sparkling Wine
Dessert: Strawberry Meringue, Dark Chocolate Seduction
(Value of the dinner is $250 before tax and grat)