Dinner at Café Boulud in the Four Seasons Toronto

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By the time my birthday comes along in early January, everyone is feeling fatigued from holidays parties. Well everyone except me! I'm always game for getting dressed up and spending the night on the town. 
That's why when AMH asked what I wanted to do for my birthday this year I instantly suggested a night out in Toronto. But where to go for dinner? Between family get-togethers, work functions and even AMH's birthday, we had dined out at a wide array of restaurants. It took me less than a minute to remember that Chef Daniel Boulud opened a french restaurant, Café Boulud in the Four Seasons Toronto (Chefs are like rock stars in our family, The Oldest is training to be one in school right now!)

Four Seasons Toronto

Every Four Seasons I have visited has had an impressive floral display. The mix of roses, hydrangeas and orchids had me craving warmer weather. 

Café Boulud

Up to the second floor to check out Café Boulud. The restaurant itself has an old 20's glamour vibe to it, like you just walked into a party thrown by Gatsby. Even though I am committed to #dryjanuary I had to break it for one night. It was my birthday after all! When I do drink, my cocktail of choice is anything with St.Germain and Prosecco. I had two Elderflower Fizz cocktails before dinner (st. germain, chambord, lemon, prosecco) I have to add that we had lots of bread between drinks! 

When I read reviews online everyone raved about the bread! I had a little laugh to myself and thought there was no way the bread that they bring to the table before appetizers can be that good. I was wrong, it is that good. So allow me to also rave about the bread! Warm and chewy inside, crisp and crunchy on the outside. Fresh butter. Is there anything more wonderful that fresh baked bread?

Dinner at Café Boulud in the Four Seasons Toronto

I will forever be a red meat girl so I had the 8oz flat iron steak frites and AMH had the poulet a la broche. It was an absolutely perfect, warm your insides kind of dinner. Which was great because it was freezing outside (as it still is). Both our meals were cooked to perfection, especially my steak. Everything had just the right amount of seasoning and was elegantly plated. And while we were enjoying our meal Chef Nicholas Trosien stopped by to wish me a happy birthday! Truly a wonderful surprise! 

Dinner at Café Boulud in the Four Seasons Toronto

After dinner out came my new favourite dessert, Baked Alaska! Layers of raspberry sorbet with vanilla and pistachio ice cream coated with meringue and then lit on fire! 

Dinner at Café Boulud in the Four Seasons Toronto

I posted a video of the flambe and I received more DMs than I have ever received, about any subject! Turns out I'm not the only one who loves this dessert.
Toronto's Winterlicious event starts this Friday January 25th through February the 7th and Café Boulud will be participating for lunch and dinner service. It's a 3-course prix-fixe menu for Dinner Monday-Sunday for $53 (lunch is $33) and reservations are highly recommended.

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