I finally got the chance to try out Bero (@berorestaurant), one of the top 10 new restaurants in Toronto according to The Globe & Mail! I was supposed to be here in fall for my birthday but the menu looked too “fruity” for my some of my friends but we’re finally here in the winter time and I do not regret it!
Bero is a small cozy restaurant located east side of the DVP in Riverdale/Leslieville. It sits about 15-20 people. The maximum number of people they can seat at a table is 6 (that’s the biggest table in the entire restaurant) so make your reservations early.
Bero offers a prix-fix menu for $68 per person with 3 choices to choose from for each course (4-course meal).
We started off with an amuse bouche where it’s quite crunchy (not quite sure what it was made of) with chorizo bites, tomatoes and some mango vinaigrette.
For the first appetizers, surprisingly we all picked the
Hamachi – salt cod, cured ham and chili
Some of us opted an additional $19 for Foie gras – calamansi and sunflower.
The foie gras pate was served with foie brioche; a soft warm bun. The foie gras was served with some frozen sorbet on the side that was a bit soury and salty (and it looked like cauliflower). I was actually expecting a little bit more from this foie gras dish… such as an actual slice of foie gras and not pate.
For second appetizer,
Octopus – potato, radish, chorizo
The octopus was perfecto!! It wasn’t too chewy and I loved the chorizo that accompanied it with a crispy texture and spicier flavour. The sauce with it was a little creamy and salty that blended well with everything.
Gnocchi – bone marrow, snail, celery root
The gnocchi wasn’t too buttery or heavy with a small hint of bone marrow flavour. The escargot was probably the strongest flavour in the bunch.
Sturgeon – Brussels, popcorn, schmaltz
The popcorn with the fish was very interesting! Added texture to sturgeon.
Muscovy Duck – broccoli, morcilla, rye
Really tender and juicy. 1 of my favourite dishes that night!
Lamb Shoulder – nori, salsify, wild rice
Sorry for the low-quality of this image but it was my favourite as well! Lamb was very tender and warming for the cold weather.
Creme Catalan – cardamom, blueberry, chickpea
I liked the presentation. Portions for desserts were quite generous. This lemony tart was very refreshing.
Savarin – plum, lillet, meyer lemon
The savarins were served slightly warm. Also very refreshing with some lemony and plum flavour. The whip cream was very soft and light. I also liked the icecream that went with this savarin.
Overall, service, atmosphere and food were amazing. I’ve read a mix of reviews actually so I hope your visit is as good as mine.
I especially liked the hamachi, octopus, duck, and lamb shoulder. Would definitely come back if my wallet allows. Cheers!