Terra in Thornhill is a nice classy restaurant just south of Highway 7 on Yonge. They regularly offer a 3 course Sundaylicious menu for $39 (excluding tax & tip).
I asked for hot water & lemon and I got my own little pot!
We were served the complementary bread and butter and then our appetizers came:
Lobster Bisque with Brandy Chantilly
In simple layman's terms, this was a creamy Lobster soup with brandy whipped cream. The name was as sophisticated as the way they served it: (1) first, a waiter put the soup bowl with just the whipped cream on my plate (it took me a while to process that there was only the whipped cream and no, the bisque wasn't invisible); then, (2) another waiter came with a tureen and poured the soup around the chantilly and it floated to the top.
The soup was rich, thick and heavy with the lobster flavour. The spices also packed a punch near the end. It was really lovely - even if it was a super heavy way to start off my meal.
Baby Arugula Salad with balsamic dressing, candied pecans, Bosc Pear and Gorgonzola Cheese
A simple and nice salad. I love the contrast of the pear, balsamic and gorgonzola cheese: the pear was honey sweet and juicy, the balsamic was lightly tangy and the gorgonzola had a strong bite to it. It would have been better with more dressing.
Tender New Zealand "Arrow" Calamari - grilled, sautéed spinach, blistered cherry tomatoes, garlic, caramelized lemon and extra virgin olive oil (additional $6)
Wow - we weren't expecting that much more calamari for $6 more. What a delicious appetizer! The calamari was perfectly grilled and tender and the bed of spinach and cherry tomatoes added great flavour. The $6 upgrade was worth it!
Canadian 'AAA' Beef Filet with Broccolini, Rapini, Fine French Beans, Organic Carrots, Fingerling Potatoes and Red Wine Jus (Additional $15)
Great filet mignon! Tender, juicy and a fantastic medium rare that was delicious with the red wine jus.
The broccolini, french beans, carrots and potatoes were done well.
Grilled Provimi Veal T-Bone with Wild Mushroom Risotto and Red wine jus (Additional $12)
The mushroom risotto was AMAZING! It was fragrant and complex and it was accompanied by a bed of broccolini and beans. The veal T-Bone was done nicely too.
Grilled Centre cut Atlantic Salmon with lemon, olive oil emulsion and mixed greens
The salmon was nicely seared with a super tender light pink fleshy center (a little more cooked than sashimi raw). The chefs cook here with a lot of detail and finesse. The greens and potatoes were nicely done as well - although the red wine jus was much tastier than the olive oil emulsion.
Pineapple upside down cake
Wow - that's a lot of cake! I was not anticipating that dessert would be...so huge!
It was so good that I couldn't help but finish it (despite being super full from my entrée). I loved the almond ice cream with the soft warm cake - it was almost like the richness and flavour of the cake was complemented perfectly by the ice cream. It was evident that a lot of thought went into making this dessert.
Another massive dessert: warm and rich molten lava cake with banana ice cream and assorted berries on the side. Super decadent and delicious!
One of the better Crème brûlées I've had in a while! An indulgent, sweet and creamy vanilla custard with an accompaniment of berries and biscotti - delightful!
Overall: Fantastic meal at Terra Restaurant! The food was delicious every course of the meal and service was efficient! The bonus was that you can get 1000 OpenTable points for dining at Terra (meaning that you're that much closer to getting a $26 dining certificate to eat at your choice of restaurants).