Wanting to go back since opening night a friend and I made reservations at Grill Forty One for lunch to celebrate two new jobs, the holidays and everything else that is so good about this time of year.
We both started with soup. Served in lovely white vessels, I chose Michael Smith’s Seafood Chowder, a creamy mix of lobster, scallops, PEI mussels and whitefish. None of these tastes fought with the others, it was a perfect blend of flavours, the best I have ever had. It put me in mind of Cape Cod. Margaret my dinner mate ordered the soup of the day, a lovely curried butternut squash, smooth and velvety (a little heavy on the curry), it was a good choice for a cold winter day.
For our main course I ordered the Cobb Salad. The only time I eat iceberg lettuce, ever. This salad was near perfection and loaded with local ingredients which included Ontario smoked bacon and Quebec blue cheese. Margaret chose the 6 oz Grill 41 Sirloin served with sautéed Quebec mushrooms and a brilliant caramelized shallot sauce. A side caesar with lovely shaved slices of parm sealed the deal.
Grill 41’s upscale casual atmosphere allows for a level of real comfort, while at the same time treating you to some fine dining. The wait staff was bang on and I can’t wait to go back.
Lunch for two with wine and tip was $79.00.