4.7 Stars – Overall Experience
4.0 Stars – Price
5.0 Stars – Service
5.0 Stars – Enjoyment of Food
4.5 Stars – Atmosphere
Beautiful rustic charm right in the heart of downtown Saskatoon, this restaurant was both elegantly decorated and emanated a warm cozy vibe. For a Wed night in Nov, I was shocked to see how packed the place was. Truffle’s Bistro is situated in a historic building that is both thin and long. Everything was well spaced out and a few table areas had beautiful rustic glass window dividers to give an added element of privacy. Quaint, warm, homey, rustic and upscale all in one.
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I don’t think I could say enough good things about out server Dillon. After finding us a table, he made sure to pour the ice water into our glasses before we even sat down…ready and waiting for us. Extremely knowledgeable about both the wine menu and food menu, he was able to help me and my dining partner navigate through our choices very well. One of the things that impressed me most was that the fact that he was able to answer me right about whether or not the chocolate mousse contained gelatin (didn’t need to ask the chef). There are few servers I have met that would even know what gelatin is in the first place. He also was extremely friendly, telling us a few funny stories and giving us some background on the restaurant. An absolute gem and really deserves top marks for his excellent job! Even if I didn’t love the food (which I did immensely) I think I would still come back just for the service.
My dining partner and I decided to share a bottle of wine and luckily we had Dillon (our server) to help us pick. We ended up with a Cab-Sauv that was a great accompaniment to our meal.
Whenever I see homemade pasta on a menu, I find it hard to resist. So sure enough I ended up ordering the House Made Fresh Pasta that was tossed in a pesto-like sauce (using local ingredients like ecobain fresh basil) with Saskatchewan wild chanterelle mushrooms, an egg, roasted tomatoes, both braised and crispy kale and fresh Parmesan cheese. I would like to start by saying WOW. The pasta was absolutely delicious and cooked perfectly. I loved having the egg (63 degree egg apparently…so not runny but very soft) to mix into the dish. The sauce was perfectly balanced in flavour and was not oily or greasy in the least. The tomatoes added a perfect hit of acid and finally the kale served two different ways added great texture to the plate. So well thought out! I didn’t leave a single piece of food behind.
Also was served some fresh bread with a delicious truffle butter right before the meal came out…yum!
So I thought the main dish was fantastic and then I had the pleasure of trying the dessert. Feeling in a chocolate mood and quite full from our main, my dining partner and I decided to share. We ended up ordering the house made truffles (1 each) and the Chocolate Tasting which included dark chocolate cremeux (a mousse like chocolate) with a baileys milk chocolate semi freddo, sitting on a white chocolate sauce and garnished with fresh berries and puffed chocolate quinoa. If I died tomorrow and that was the last dessert I ever had, I would not be upset. Yet again a masterpiece by the chef that was truly a quality and artistic expression throughout. Balanced in flavour, texture and even temperatures (slightly cold semi freddo meets slightly warm melted white chocolate). If you are lucky enough to visit this restaurant and this item is still on the menu, please order it as you won’t be disappointed! Oh and the chocolate truffles over a star anise caramel…ya that was incredible too.
This restaurant is very vegetarian friendly. One of the first things I saw on their evenings tasting menu was French Onion Soup and typically this would have been off limits for me as it is usually made with a beef broth. I was pleasantly surprised (shocked almost) to see that they made it with vegetable broth instead! Goes to show that the restaurant wants to be all encompassing when it comes to their diners and their dietary needs.
Ok this was not an inexpensive menu, but I felt it was worth every penny. First off the quality of ingredients and the craftsmanship in the presentation was a huge factor and second the portions were also a very decent size. Usually in a more upscale restaurant you end up paying a lot of money for a small plate…well not here!
Time of Dinner: 7:00pm
Date: Wed Nov 2nd, 2016
- Glenelly Cabernet Sauvignon
- House Made Fresh Pasta
- Chocolate Tasting
- House Made Truffles
For more information, please check out their website at http://www.trufflesbistro.ca/