I have to say I am not very familiar with the area & was not sure what to expect.
Little did I know that I was going to be treated to a feast of Latin flavours reminiscent of the foods that I grew up with and absolutely love!
I arrived with foodie blogger/photographer Bev Wooding and were greeted warmly by Mary Luz, her husband & partner Mario Stojanac and Franca Luele, one of Bloom’s owners.
As we sat, I took in the restaurant’s atmosphere which was bright and fresh with lots of natural light. We were offered a choice of Traditional Cuban Mojito or a Blooming Bud which was a blend of Prosecco & raspberry, that’s the one I had. Quite refreshing on a hot day.
We were then introduced to Cuban born Chef, Pedro Quintanilla, who took over the kitchen at Bloom in April 2011 and came up with the Spring menu we were about to taste.
Since the menu consisted of two choices per course, Bev and I decided to order one of each and share. That way we both got the chance to sample all dishes which by the way, were all paired with lovely wines from Malivoire.
Here’s what we feasted on
Although all the dishes were delicious, some of them pleasantly stayed on my palate & memory more than others. The cassava frites, the ceviche, the flank steak all reminded me of meals I had in Panama, of my culture, my Latin heritage.
Chef Quintanilla’s style of cooking was a trip down memory lane to my years in Panama, which is where I was born & raised until I came to Canada in 1987. It evoked thoughts of meals enjoyed with family & friends… of home.
And for that I am thankful. So glad to know Latin cuisine is represented alive & well in Toronto.
I have to add that the Churros were my favourite of the two desserts. So much that while sharing them with Bev, I “accidentally” ate 3 out of the 4 churros on our plate. This will go down our foodie history as “The Churro Incident”