It’s that time again. Time for another Swine and Dine setup by Sharman aka, The Pork Girl. This time we found ourselves sitting in the Harvest Room at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, at the mercy of Chef Serge Jost. I’ve had enough of Serge’s meals by now to know that we were in for something delicious.
The tasty bread basket was kicked up a notch with the lard-butter. Spreading lard on bread is a luxury you should afford yourself at least once in your life.
The amuse bouche was a Pulled Pork Arancini. Not exactly what I think about when I think of an amuse. The fried ball was crispy, but they were probably too small to allow the pulled pork to shine through. The raspberry glaze was a nice touch of sweetness.
The Pork Consommé was finished at the table, where the staff poured the hot soup over pork and bean ravioli. The pasta seemed a bit under cooked, but the flavours were clean and refreshing. The enoki mushrooms were a perfect (and almost cute) addition to the soup.
My favourite dish of the evening was the appetizer; Creole Spice ‘Mangalitsa’ Pork Belly & Scallop. The squash puree and succotash did a good job connecting the Mangalitsa pork belly and seared scallop. I eyed up Jenn’s portion long enough for her to realize that I was trying to use my mind powers to consume – from a distance – what she had left. It didn’t work.
Our mains arrived on slate plates and looked stunning. The Slow Roasted Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin rested atop a sweet potato and yukon gold pave, and was accented by a perfectly roasted beet and two gorgeous brussels sprouts. The pork was a touch over cooked for my liking, but the dish it self was very well put together. It really does look delectable, no?!
A Swine and Dine dessert isn’t really a dessert until chocolate dipped bacon comes out. Thankfully, we were not let down as Chef Jost delivered a Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart with Maple Bacon Ice Cream, Hazelnut Soil, Apple Cider Gel. If you like ice cream, you’d love this. If you like peanut butter cups, you’d love this. If you like bacon, you’d love this. Honestly, as someone who doesn’t crave sweet treats, this was divine.
Swine and Dine was set at $49 per person for this offering and it was one steal of a deal.