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Richmond Station

So I think I’ve been putting off writing this post because I don’t know if I could ever do this restaurant justice.

Seriously guys, it’s that good.

Plus the people who work there are so amazing.

This restaurant is owned and¬†operated by Top Chef Canada’s Season 2 winner, Carl Heinrich.

Chef Carl Heinrich photographed at his restaurant Richmond Station in downtown Toronto, December 12 2012. Photo by: Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail.

Photo by: Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail.

Probably one of the cutest Top Chef’s right?

He opened his restaurant in 2012 and it’s been flourishing ever since. Check out their website¬†Here!

When we moved to Toronto, Matt was lucky enough to stage at Richmond Station and he was hired afterward. (Yay Matt!)

Before we moved to Toronto, I went out early to search for an apartment with my friend Melissa. We stopped by the restaurant and luckily got seats at the bar for dinner.

I was in love with the place even before I took a first bite of my steak.

Everyone there was kind, outgoing and honestly just wanted you to have a good time.

And my food.

Dear Lord.

It was AMAZING.

The food they get for the restaurant is all local food from farms around the city and they make everything in-house. They even do their own butchering!

So our food was perfection.

They also change their menu every few months and they have a Chalkboard menu.

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The chalkboard menu changes every day! So there is always something new to try there.

Since Matt started working there, I’ve lost count as to how many times I’ve gone. And I kid you not, there has been zero dishes that I have not liked.

Some of the food they put together don’t make much sense, but as soon as you bite into them you think “Why has no one put this together before!?”

Geniuses.

As I’ve said, the people who work there are great too. They all encourage each other and they are all there to create delicious food. And joke around a little of course.

They are also so kind to me. I get treated like royalty every time I go in.

And when I was in the hospital months ago, they made sure that Matt had time to come see me and they would send me food. (The hospital food was disgusting and I was allergic to half of it. Doesn’t anyone read the allergy sheets?) I was the best fed girl in the place.

Anyway.

During my awesome weekend with Kristen, we had dinner at the Station after our Paint Nite.

Now, I love this restaurant, but Kristen?

If she could marry this restaurant she would do it.

Seriously. She came into town to see Taylor Swift and she was 10 times more excited about our dinner than her.

Sorry T-Swift.

So we decided to do a tasting menu.

What’s that you ask?

It’s where they bring you courses of food from the menu (or something they just whip up if they feel like it) so you can ‘taste’ different parts of the menu!

I’ve done this a few times and I’m always waddling home afterwards because I am so full and happy.

Matt was the one creating our menu that night and he was kind enough not to send us giant plates of food.

Because he knew we would eat all of it and then explode.

And then he wouldn’t have a wife anymore.

Sad day for Matthew.

We were sent perfect sized plates and did a wine pairing with each of them.

Want to see what we ate?

Of course you do!

Let’s start with our first course.

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This is a Swordfish Conserva with cabbage, salsa, lime crema on a jicama taco.

Jicama taco sounds like Hakuna Matata.

Haha Hakuna Matata.

Next is Kristen’s favourite (aside from the burger of course.)

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Polenta Fries! With a garlic aoli.

We could eat these all day.

Mmmm polenta fries.

Next is charcuterie and house baked bread.

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I couldn’t tell you what each meat was except for the Duck Liver Pate.

They were all SO good.

But the Duck Liver Pate was the best.

Mmmm Duck Liver Pate.

The next course ruined Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup for me.

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Roasted Tomato Soup! With garlic crouton and basil with toasted bread and aged cheese.

I’ll never be able to have a grilled cheese and tomato soup ever again.

It will never be as good as this.

Even if I don’t screw anything up.

This next one sent me into ecstasy with every bite.

I’m not even kidding.

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A scallop with pork belly and corn succotash.

Seriously.

Ecstasy.

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Venison with fingerling potatoes, kale and concord grapes.

Say what?

But SO good.

This was where Kristen and I started feeling a little full.

Usually by this course I’m ready to hibernate.

Good job Matt!

But we aren’t done yet…

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BAM!

Dessert.

The first one is a Sweet Potato Pie with frozen kool-whip, butter cookie, cooked apple, scotch molasses, graham cracker, and salty pumpkin seeds.

The second is called Salt Lovers Anonymous. It has dolce du leche ice cream (I could eat a whole tub of it.) crunchy stuff, smoked maldon, smashed raspberries, and goat yogurt.

There wasn’t anything left on those plates when we were through.

And that was our meal!

Every time I go to the Station is an experience. And I always walk out feeling full and happy.

That night I was on a food high with a food baby.

It was glorious.

I hope I did this restaurant justice.

Maybe I should go in for dinner to do more research to make this post better.

Yes. Good plan Cassie.