|Wood Grilled California Cut New York Sirloin|
My decision to take part in Winterlicious this year was very last minute and impulsive, so I didn't put as much effort into researching as I had hoped to.
My roommate and I liked the menu at Fred's Not Here and the reviews on Urbanspoon were pretty good. Most of all, it was recommended by our friends (oh, the power of word of mouth!).
Our reservation was made for a Tuesday night, but the restaurant was packed when we got there. We figured it might have been because of Winterlicious. I can't say much about the interior and the decor since the lighting inside was extremely dark. Nonetheless, the candles made it very romantic.
Our dinners were prix fixe for $35 and included an appetizer, main course, and dessert. I really liked the fact that Fred's had numerous choices for each course. I sure had a hard time deciding on what I wanted.
Much like other steakhouses, we were served with a basket of bread shortly after we placed our orders. I liked the assortment of breads in the basket but I thought it would have been even better if the bread wasn't cold.
|Baked Lobster & Crab Soup|
|Roasted Stuffed Calamari with Seafood Risotto and Marinara Sauce|
My roommate ordered the stuffed calamari so we could try each other's food (this is why I love eating with her!). We both really enjoyed this dish and were surprised by the risotto that came gushing out after our first cut into the calamari. The calamari tasted very fresh and the texture was bouncy and chewy. I really enjoyed the marinara flavoured risotto too.
|Grilled Bacon Wrapped Beef Filet Mignon with Rigatoni|
As I left the restaurant, I was just happy that I was here for Winterlicious and not any normal day, or I'd be spending bigger bucks for burnt steak. Although my Winterlicious experience wasn't as delicious as I had hoped for, I'm still looking forward to Summerlicious! Next time I'm definitely doing homework before I pick the restaurant.
Fred's Not Here
321 King Street West