Winterlicious Review: Toulà Restaurant & Bar

(Chelsea Shim/Ryersonian staff)

This main course option was perfectly presented but lacked flavour. (Chelsea Shim/Ryersonian staff)

Located on the 38th floor of the Westin Harbour Castle, Toulà offers a stunning view of Toronto paired with mediocre food. Overlooking Lake Ontario and the city skyline, Toulà’s décor is very similar to the CN Tower’s 360 revolving restaurant.

I ordered the Wild Pacific Smoked salmon to start. Toulà says its smoked salmon is cured in house, but it was comparable to smoked salmon in the frozen food aisle in grocery stores.

My entree was veal medallions with Pinot Grigio and fontina cheese sauce served with white chanterelle mushrooms and roasted garlic rosemary potatoes. This dish was presented beautifully, the meat was cooked perfectly at medium rare, but tasted bland and was under-seasoned.

The dessert was a dark and white chocolate parfait with a berry coulis, and was highly recommended by my server. I shouldn’t have taken her advice; I had a few spoonfuls to be polite. The best way I can describe the dessert is layers of chocolate mousse, vanilla pudding and mashed frozen berries. The server came by and asked if everything was OK with my dessert. Of course I lied and said, “Everything was delicious. I’m just full.” Which brings me to lie number 2 — I wasn’t full. The portion sizes were tiny and could probably fill the 10-year-old version of me.

By no means was the food at Toulà terrible, but it was not good either. It was certainly not an experience I would rave about. Winterlicious is an opportunity for restaurants to showcase their food to new diners, hoping they’ll come back and dine at regular price.  Toulà missed this opportunity.

Price: $20 for a three-course prix fixe lunch.

Vegetarian Options: Yes

Vegan Options: No

Overall Rating: 6/10


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