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LiciousTO: Barnsteiner's

My final Winterlicious adventure took me to Barnsteiners at Yonge & St. Clair. It's a large, low lit space residing on the corner of the building. Arrived and seated immediately at a hightop table by the window; nice! It has a relaxed atmosphere with a mature crowd, a large wine list and a short, but sweet, craft beer list. 

My choice of app was the Poached Pear. It was half a pear stuffed with goat cheese, panchetta and sundried tomatoes. Oddly, the pear was not the star of the show. I could've eated a metric ton of the wild mushroom sauce it sat in. It was almost more mushrooms than sauce, but it was so, so tasty. OMG. #wantmore 

As a low iron kind of gal, my main was the Whole Roasted Black Angus Striploin. Cooked to order, but shockingly not very tender. It tasted great with the portwine-cognac reduction, but it was a little more work chewing and cutting than it should've been. The provencale veggies and potatoes au gratin were scrumptious. If I had a bowl of those veggies and a bowl of mushrooms soup, I'd be batting a thousand.  

Dessert made me sad. I'm a chocolate loving gal, so Chocolate Cake it was! It arrived as a muffin-sized cake with Kirsh crème fraishe, sour cherry compote and hazelnuts. I took a forkful of cake with some crème fraishe. OH GOD NO. It was bitter and sour. I've had crème fraishe before, I know what it tastes like; what the hell is this???? My friend said it tasted like plain yogurt. I did my best to keep the cake out of it. The sour, milky bitterness of plain yogurt is the last thing I want with chocolate cake. So sad. 
Service, as expected, was fabulous. Our server was cheeky and we had a couple laughs, but the food wasn't enough to intrigue me for a future visit. 

Barnsteiner's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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