Bloom Restaurant

Back in the Spring I was invited by my friend Mary Luz Mejia of Sizzling Communications to attend a new menu launch dinner at Bloom Restaurant in the Bloor West Village area in Toronto.

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

Bread Service

Amuse - CASSAVA FRITES with Mojo Dipping Sauce

Starter - CEVICHE of Mixed Sustainable Seafood cured in Lime Juice, Habanero Peppers & Cilantro

Mains - SESAME CRUSTED AHI TUNA with Smashed Crispy Baby Potatoes, Tofu Wasabi Dressing & Ginger Glazed Carrots

Mains - PAN SEARED FLANK STEAK with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Chimichurri Sauce & Ginger Glazed Carrots

Dessert - CHURROS with Spicy Wam Chocolate Sauce & Ice Cream

Dessert - CUBAN FLAN with Dulce de Leche & Thyme

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 Pedro Quintanilla

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.

P.S.

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”

The Churro Incident

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