Last Friday evening I had the chance to experience some really fine cuisine at Deer + Almond, a relatively new restaurant located in the Exchange District on Princess Street. The restaurant boasts high quality dishes made with fresh ingredients, all served at reasonable prices that range from $6-8 appetizers, to $10-30 entrees.The waitress came to our table as soon as we had sat down and settled ourselves. She told us about the casual style of dining at Deer + Almond and recommended that we eat our meal tapas style since many of the dishes on the menu come in smaller portions that are great for sharing.
After we ordered our drinks she brought out a small bowl of popcorn and explained that everyday the kitchen makes a new flavour of popcorn as complimentary snacks for customers. Today the flavour was brown butter and honey, and it was a nice treat before our meal.
The first thing we ordered was a simple yet very delicious Avocado on Toast made with the focaccia the restaurant makes daily, topped with chucks of avocado, olive oil, lemon juice, and some freshly cracked pepper. Like I said, simple, yet very delicious.
We ordered the baked potato with melty cheese, sour cream, and green onions on top.
We also ordered the Pumpkin Ravioli with parmesan cheese, greens, and mushrooms. I was really excited for this dish, and it was quite good, but I found the mushroom flavour to be a little overwhelming for me.
Then we ate the Kale and Quinoa salad with mushrooms, snow peas, chickpeas, cucumber, radish, peppers, and quail eggs, served with a light vinaigrette dressing. This was a huge plate of food and it was well worth the $10 it cost. Perhaps with a little more dressing it would have been my favourite thing at the table that night.
The coconut creme brulee was by far my favourite dish of the evening. Rich, creamy, and with a distinct coconut flavour, this dessert wowed the entire table, until we realized how small the dish was. Unfortunately the bowl was only half a centimeter deep...perhaps less.
And then the Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Ice-Cream served atop a small brownie and chocolate mouse and topped with peanuts and salt was very good. I probably could have eaten an entire bowl of the mouse alone...or the caramel...or the ice cream. They were all so delicious and put together the flavours worked perfectly to create an outstanding dessert.
Overall the meal was done really well and our waitress was such a sweetheart the entire evening, giving us recommendations, checking on us frequently, and patiently waiting for me to take photos of all the dishes. I can definitely see myself going there again to eat, perhaps as an inexpensive way to celebrate finishing first semester of CreComm.
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