I finally got the chance to try Ruby Watchco! I’ve heard rave reviews about this restaurant from two of my friends and I finally had the chance to try it. Yay! Thanks, Clarence, for setting up the dinner event!!
We arrived on a Saturday night and were seated quickly and effortlessly. Our server was very attentive all night and make sure that all our cutlery and plates were clean after every single course.
The unique dining experience about Ruby Watchco is that instead of sitting down and getting a menu to choose what you want to order for your meal, each day’s menu and meal is already pre-set by Chef Lynn Crawford and Chef Lora Kirk. The menu changes every single day and you can check out what the coming week’s dinner sets will be on their website. It’s an interesting concept! This means that you’ll want to come back time and time again in order to try their daily special menu since you won’t be eating the same thing every single time. Also, they serve all the courses in a family style — you are sharing the food… kind of.
After two of us ordered drinks, the food started slowly arriving to the table. It’s interesting to see the entire restaurant eat the same things as well. It must be easy for the kitchen to prepare everything this way!
The first to arrive at our table was Chef Lora’s Pickle Salad. Two plates of it were served to our table of four and we chose how much we wanted to have on our own serving plates — that’s the family style “sharing” part. Clarence and I both agreed that while it was a great salad with lots of ingredients, it tasted almost “too healthy”. It was very fresh and I like the perfect amount of dill goat yoghurt that covered all the greens perfectly, but I think it was missing some bacon. A few crisps of bacon pieces would have made this salad even more amazing! I also liked the 10 year old cheddar cheese squares in it too.
Up next we had the Grilled Veal Chops with Sweetbread & Caper Sauce. The platter of grilled veal chops were delivered to our table again in one big pot which we then divided up the portions among ourselves. Three sides accompanied this dish: Ontario Asparagus with Lemon Horseradish Gremolata, Cheesy Polenta with Marc’s Mushrooms, and Argula & Parmesan Salad with Olive Oil Poached Tomatoes.
The argula in the Argula & Parmesan Salad with Olive Oil Poached Tomatoes reminded me of the Pickle Salad from the first course, but I really enjoyed the olive oil poached tomatoes. They were juicy! Other than that, this side was passable.
The Ontario Asparagus with Lemon Horseradish Gremolata were all right. The asparagus was well flavoured and cooked, but since I’m not a huge fan of grilled asparagus, I didn’t go crazy over this side.
The side that I did go crazy about was the Cheesy Polenta with Marc’s Mushrooms. This looked and tasted a bit like mashed potatoes, but the fact that it was mashed polenta instead that was cheesy, I absolutely loved it. I couldn’t get enough of it! The mushrooms added a nice touch to the texture as well — smooth and juicy mushrooms contrasted with the mushy and soft polenta that smelled amazing of cheese. I seriously loved this dish; so much so that I think it was my favourite thing all night.
The grilled veal chops were great! We each got a huge piece and it was so large that I actually couldn’t finish the entire veal chop on my plate. The meat was very tender and also very well flavoured. It was definitely a high-quality veal chop! Everyone at the table commented that this was their favourite part of the night.
The third course of the night came in the form of a cheese platter. As some of you know, I’m a HUGE cheese fanatic. Seeing it on the menu, I expected a plate of plain cheese with crotini and sauce or nuts which is what I’ve seen in previous restaurants. However, the cheese plate resembled a small appetizer in my opinion. It contained Carron Farms’ Beets, Radishes, and Black Pepper Honey with Lighthall Tomme by Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co.
It was beautifully presented and plated. It was just like an appetizer to me and I’m curious as to why it was served after the main dish and before the dessert. The beets and radish formed a nice salad on the side while there were two slices of the Lighthall Tomme cheese stacked on top of each other. I was a huge fan of the cheese!! It had a strong cheese flavour that was rich and creamy. No one else at the table loved this as much as I did. Mabel, being very sensitive to strong cheese like this, wouldn’t finish it. I was more than happy to take her share of the dish to enjoy the rest of the cheese. 🙂 The beets and radish combination were very fresh and I also enjoyed it a lot!
Last but not least, we had our dessert of the night. For the first time all night, we didn’t have to share! (Our server made a joke about this.) Just like at most restaurants, we each got served our own plate of dessert which was the Lemon Pavlova.
I was quite looking forward to the dessert and wanted something that would blow me out of the waters. The uniqueness of the dessert definitely impressed me as I don’t think I’ve had pavlova in this form before. However, we all decided that the dessert (stemming from the cherry jam) was overly sweet and that the pavlova portion was way too hard to break apart to eat. I really enjoyed the chocolate mousse part though! It was creamy and chocolaty. 🙂 The toasted pistachios were a nice touch and was the only reprieve of the whole plate from the overwhelming sweetness of the dessert.
All in all, I’m very happy and grateful that I got to try Ruby Watchco! I do want to come again in the future to try another dinner to see what their menu is like and how it differs from this one that we had. Have you been to Ruby before? What was your experience like? Leave your comments below in the box! 🙂