I really enjoyed my dinner at Table 17 last time (post here), so I decided to bring my friend, Anna, here before she left for Shanghai. Table 17 features a Table d’Hote menu every Sunday; a three-course meal for only $32 as well as no corkage fee. We came here several months ago, so at that time, the Table d’Hote menu was featured on both Sundays and Mondays. The Table d’Hote menu has changed a bit since then, but you can view the most recent menu choices right here. Please note that their regular menu is not available on Sundays.
Since Table 17 is famous for their Hot Balls ;), I ordered a serving to share with Anna. They were as good as I remembered; crispy and perfectly fried with a delicious hot filling on the inside of each ball. Anna loved them hot balls as much as I did :D The flavours included: Arancino – mushroom & Fontina stuffed risotto , Goat cheese – with wildflower honey, and Arancino – spiced lamb stuffed risotto. They’re $6 for a serving and $11.50 for two portions.
My appetizer was an Arugula Salad with pickled shallots, toasted pistachio, pecorino and champagne vinaigrette. This was a really light salad and overall, gave me a very fluffy and flowy impression due to its presentation. The arugula was fresh and crisp and the pickled shallots helped to balance the peppery arugula with its acidity and flavour. The nuttiness of the toasted pistachio and the hint of saltiness coming from the pecorino complemented the salad quite well. The drizzle of champagne vinaigrette tied everything together nicely and added its own classiness to the salad. I really liked how there were no strong flavours competing with one another, allowing me to enjoy this delicate appetizer.
Anna selected the Roasted Pear and Fennel Soup served cold. She found it pleasant and refreshing on the hot, summer day. I tried a little and the texture was very smooth and creamy. I could appreciate the nuances of this fresh and delectable soup.
The main I chose was Steak Frites; 8 oz. Canadian thick cut top sirloin with fries and mayonnaise. Although at first it seemed like a small portion to me (haha), it was actually fairly filling. The steak was cooked to a medium rare, but I was disappointed that I couldn’t eat one of the pieces. The meat was soft yet inseparable, meaning I had problems chewing it. I gave up in the end and just enjoyed my delicious fries. The mayonnaise was obviously home-made (or house-made) as it was much more flavourful and tastier than the store-bought stuff.
Anna opted for the Steelhead Trout served with corn & tomatillo salsa, avocado purée, and roasted spring onions. The trout had such crispy skin with delicate, tender flesh underneath. It was well seasoned and cooked just right. The bed of purée in the background was a great side that didn’t take away from the steelhead trout, allowing it to shine as it should.
And then it was time for dessert ;) I had the Rhubarb Shave Ice and it was incredibly refreshing and luscious. There was a subtle taste of rhubarb and a sweet sauce that made it so lovely and enjoyable. It was a perfect summer dessert that made me all cheery inside.
The other dessert was an Almond Panna Cotta with cherries, honey, and edible flowers as garnish. Silky smooth, creamy, and dreamy – just what a panna cotta should be. Anna thought the almond flavour was too strong for her preference, but I was fine with it since I love almond.
After two dining experiences at Table 17, I’ll be returning soon for a third time for my long overdue brunch meal. Both visits were fantastic although I noticed the quality of food and service to be slightly better the first time. I hope brunch will be as amazing if not better, and I look forward to dining at Table 17 again in the near future!
782 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M4M 1H4