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As mentioned in last week’s Food Friday, Summerlicious is on, so I have dedicated this post to another participant of Toronto’s Food Festival.

Each time Summerlicious and Winterlicious is on, I always make reservations at this restaurant without any hesitation or need to look at the menu.

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ADDRESS: 4150 Yonge Street North York, ON M2P 2C6
CUISINE: French
PHONE: (416) 222-2220
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Ever since the first time my Mom and I went to Auberge Du Pommier for Summerlicious in 2011, we have been hooked.  We both love French cuisine and this is honestly the best restaurant in Toronto.  Not only have we attended every Summerlicious and Winterlicious at Auberge, but we also have gone there on special occasions like Mother’s Day.

Before I get into the review, I have to say that I love the parking availability at Auberge.  There’s underground parking that is validated at the restaurant.  It’s easy to get in and out and there’s little to no traffic getting to the venue since it’s in North York.

Note: Photos from previous meals are shown below but the detailed review is specifically for Summerlicious 2013 or else you would be reading a novel.  Just know that for me to be a frequent customer without prix fix menus, means that I truly love the restaurant.

It’s not pictured here, but we started off our meal with green olives and bread with artichoke purée.  My Mom loves olives so she always eats a couple each time we go to Auberge.  I don’t usually eat bread but for some reason, I love the bread there.  It’s hot, fresh, crunchy on the outside, and soft on the inside.  Paired with their artichoke purée made in house, it’s a match made in heaven.

First off was the Chopped Salad.  It’s like your standard salad but more refined with the avocado purée and marcona almonds.  The charred lemon vinaigrette was very light and refreshing and added this brightness to the salad.

Summerlicious 2013 Chopped Salad crudité, avocado, marcona almond, butter lettuce, charred lemon vinaigrette

Summerlicious 2013
Chopped Salad
crudité, avocado, marcona almond, butter lettuce, charred lemon vinaigrette

Another appetizer we had was the Melon Gazpacho. This was a very complex dish. The shrimp was perfectly poached.  I wasn’t aware the soup was going to be spicy but boy was I surprised when I took the first bite.  The sweetness of the honeydew and coolness of the cucumber really highlighted the spiciness of the chili peppers.  I had to remove most of the chili peppers just because my tolerance isn’t that high.  But you could still taste the spice throughout the soup.  I was surprised at how crunchy the sourdough croutons remained in the soup after soaking for a bit.  I have to say that this was my favourite dish on the meal.

Summerlicious 2013 Melon Gazpacho honeydew melon, cucumber, poached shrimp, Thai basil, sourdough croûton

Summerlicious 2013
Melon Gazpacho
honeydew melon, cucumber, poached shrimp, Thai basil, sourdough croûton

For our main course, we had the New York Strip Steak.  While the steak was perfectly cooked, there was some anomalies.  While my Mom’s steak had very little fat, my Uncle’s had a lot of fat on his.   The star of this plate ended up being the tomato salad.  The tomatoes were super sweet, so you knew they were local and organic.  It really brightened up the dish and didn’t make it as heavy.

Summerlicious 2013 New York Strip Steak tomato salad, pommes fourchette, tomato molasses, balsamic Bordelaise

Summerlicious 2013
New York Strip Steak
tomato salad, pommes fourchette, tomato molasses, balsamic Bordelaise

As previous mentioned in my Food Friday post about Trevor Kitchen and Bar, I love risotto!  So I just had to order it!  I’m not a big fan of ham, but the saltiness of the ham was perfectly balance with the seasoning on the rice.  The rice wasn’t heavily dosed with parmigiano and all the vegetables like corn, radishes, and arugula, counteracted any potential heaviness from the dish.

Summerlicious 2013 Spring Vegetable Risotto carnaroli rice, country ham, garden herbs, Parmigiano Reggiano

Summerlicious 2013
Spring Vegetable Risotto
carnaroli rice, country ham, garden herbs, Parmigiano Reggiano

For dessert, we decided to try all three.  The Cheese, Nuts & Fruits was simple and straight forward but surprisingly delicious.  The brie wasn’t have too pungent but had enough to make an impact.  The cashew butter was the surprise.  It was absolutely velvety smooth and had a very delicate taste.

Summerlicious 2013 Cheese, Nuts & Fruits Brie d’Auberge, sweet & sour blueberries, cashew butter

Summerlicious 2013
Cheese, Nuts & Fruits
Brie d’Auberge, sweet & sour blueberries, cashew butter

I’m not a big coconut fan but The Chocolate & Coconut Parfait was great.  The milk chocolate was light and fluffy and the coconut at the bottom wasn’t overpowering.  Definitely melted in your mouth.

Summmerlicious 2013 Chocolate & Coconut Parfait milk chocolate mousse, caramel coconut, coconut meringue

Summmerlicious 2013
Chocolate & Coconut Parfait
milk chocolate mousse, caramel coconut, coconut meringue

This was my favourite dessert, the Strawberries  & Cream.  The strawberry soup was the star of the dish.  It was very fresh and sweet but had a hint of sourness which helped balance the basil chantilly.   Definitely a dessert you want to order on a hot summer day.

Summerlicious 2013 Strawberries & Cream Ontario strawberry soup, basil Chantilly, oat crisp

Summerlicious 2013
Strawberries & Cream
Ontario strawberry soup, basil Chantilly, oat crisp

Overall, this was actually the most disappointing Summerlicious/Winterlicious meal at Auberge I’ve  had thus far.  Given the good reviews about each dish, it says a lot about the calibre of food.  Like I mentioned previously, I would go to Auberge hands down anyway and pay full price because I just absolutely adore the food.

Without further ado, here are photos from previous meals:

Steak Tartare

Steak Tartare

Wellington County fillet of beef, slow roasted carrots, creamed kale, pomme surprise, Bordelaise vinagrette

Wellington County fillet of beef, slow roasted carrots, creamed kale, pomme surprise, Bordelaise vinagrette

Bacon wrapped rabbit

Bacon wrapped rabbit

Macarons

Macarons

Summerlicious 2012 Peach Gazpacho

Summerlicious 2012
Peach Gazpacho

Summerlicious 2012  Shrimp Brochette

Summerlicious 2012
Shrimp Brochette

Summerlicious 2012 Filet Mignon

Summerlicious 2012
Filet Mignon

Summerlicious 2012 Mediterranean Sea Bass Prince Edward Island mussels, grilled zucchini, basmati rice, saffron sauce

Summerlicious 2012
Mediterranean Sea Bass
Prince Edward Island mussels, grilled zucchini, basmati rice, saffron sauce

Summerlicious 2012 Ice Cream Sandwich caramel semifreddo, cocoa nib, chocolate cake

Summerlicious 2012
Ice Cream Sandwich
caramel semifreddo, cocoa nib, chocolate cake

Summerlicious 2012 Poppy Seed Shortcake marinated fruits, vanilla gastrique, crème fraîche mousse

Summerlicious 2012
Poppy Seed Shortcake
marinated fruits, vanilla gastrique, crème fraîche mousse

Winterlicious 2012 Smoked Salmon watercress, capers, horseradish crème fraîche, rye bread crostini

Winterlicious 2012
Smoked Salmon
watercress, capers, horseradish crème fraîche, rye bread crostini

Winterlicious 2012 Leek & Cabbage Soup braised leek & green cabbage, slow poached egg, Gruyère cheese, sourdough croûton

Winterlicious 2012
Leek & Cabbage Soup
braised leek & green cabbage, slow poached egg, Gruyère cheese, sourdough croûton

Winterlicious 2012 Pot au Feu braised beef short rib, root vegetables, classic garnishes, dashi bouillon

Winterlicious 2012
Pot au Feu
braised beef short rib, root vegetables, classic garnishes, dashi bouillon

Winterlicious 2012 ork Chop grilled pork chop, Brussels sprouts, braised red cabbage, roasted sweet potato purée, bacon jus

Winterlicious 2012
Pork Chop
grilled pork chop, Brussels sprouts, braised red cabbage, roasted sweet potato purée, bacon jus

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Winterlicious 2012
Chocolate Mousse Cake
espresso cream

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Winterlicious 2012
Chèvre Parfait
sweet & sour fruit, toasted nut bread

Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

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