Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Foods from Juniper
Comments

2007 Mar 22
Unfortunately the photo does not do this justice...

Dalhousie Highland Blue Cheese and Pecan Tart in a yeasted pastry with crème fraîche ice cream. Paired with a '03 Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs, Mendocino/Napa/Sonoma.

Who ever invented crème fraîche ice cream is a god in my books! Delicious. I loved the fact that I had my very own personal pecan pie. Light, flaky pastry and sharp blue cheese were an excellent combination.

Bravo!

2007 Mar 22
After a palate cleanser of grapefruit ice, at least I think I remember that correctly, we were on to the meat course.

Chinese Spiced Organic Beef Tenderloin with Braised Short Ribs served in a star anise scented broth with baby bok choy and a '03 Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley.

Again they did not disappoint. The beef was tender and cooked to medium rare and the short ribs were tender - melt-in-your-mouth tender. I am always amazed that a kitchen can turn out that many meals all at the same time and not have the meat overcooked and/or cold.

Last course was the dessert!

2007 Mar 22
The third course was also delicious, so delicious we finished our course and I forgot to take a photo!

We had West Quebec Mushroom and Pommery Ravioli Poached in Butter (which sounds so bad for you, but tastes so good!) with wild mushroom confit and pinot noir drizzle. This was served with '00 Crane Canyon Pinot Noir.

Anything poached in butter has to be good and this was no exception, although I am sure it is not good for your arteries! The pasta was a little underdone for my taste, but the flavours contained within were well matched with the Pinot.

The photo is of the Cured Duck Magret with Sun-dried Tomato Gremolatta with wild rice blini and syrah-pepper puddle. This was paired with a '04 Justin Vineyards Syrah, Paso Robles. The duck was tender and cooked to perfection, the puddle was tasty, the blini wasn't my favourite, a little dry.

There was more to come!

2007 Mar 22
Next was a Smoked Ham Hock, Roasted Tomato and Roasted Fennel Risotto with caramelized vegetable compote. It was paired with an '03 Noceto Sangiovese, Shenandoah Valley.

I love risotto and this was amazing: the rice was tender-firm; the ham hock, tomato and fennel were perfectly balanced; the wine was smoky and flavourful. It was not a typical Sangiovese, according to those who know more about wine than I.

I also have to admit that we loved the serving plate/bowl for this dish.

2007 Mar 22
We went to Juniper for our third wine tasting event, the first at the new restaurant... I really enjoyed the larger space. My partner did not enjoy the fact that he couldn't see over the wall of the booth to the other side of the restaurant (I couldn't see either, but it didn't bother me as much). We could see that this would make it easier for the restaurant to host larger groups and still be able to have half of the restaurant open for regular business.
Another plus was that it appeared that the new space was quieter than the old space. I don't know if this was because we were in the aforementioned booth. We were also informed by one of the owners, who is very open to suggestions about the "view" from the floor to ceiling windows, that they are going to have a patio in the summer which is very exciting. They will construct a wall between the car lot and the restaurant.

We were there for the California Wine Dinner. We had been to two other tastings which were both very enjoyable (Australia and Spain).

The first course was an Apple-Apricot Curry Glazed Atlantic Lobster with coconut almond pesto, yoghurt cheese and an apricot curry reduction. It was paired with an ’05 Mcmanis Viognier. We all felt that the appetizer suffered from a flavour overload, although every single flavour was delicious in itself. The wine was nice, not too sweet and went quite well with the appetizer.

Next course...

2007 Feb 27
The new building looks absolutely fantastic on the inside. The huge wall of windows is impressive too, but unfortunately, as mentioned by Candice, it just gives you a better view of the ugly car lot on the other side of the street. The nicest addition seems to be a great lounge area in the center of the restaurant furnished with small sofas and plush seats.

In any case, the food is still good (although I consider it a touch below top tier) and the service is very impressive.

2006 Nov 26
So here's an update on the Juniper new location situation: they are actually moving, it is confirmed. My husband noticed a sign up at the original location (Wellington) today. It should be interesting how the new location works out for them, once they actually move! On the one hand they'll have a lovely building with lots of great windows and next to a cute residential street. On the other hand, that part of Westboro has mostly car lots and the grocery store, so it's a bit less than ideal for a restaurant.

2006 Nov 9
I've been to Juniper plenty of times, as my boyfriend used to work garde manger. The food was always exceptional, the service was fantastic, and of course...great wine.

Any sort of cheese (specifically their goat cheese) featured on the menu was my favourite.

Re: the other comment; the owners of Juniper are attempting to put a new restaurant at that location. They have been planning this for a while, but I can only assume you might see it happen by the spring of 2007. As for their current location, I'm not quite sure what's going on there; as far as I know, they are moving Juniper down the road.

2006 Sep 28
Here's a bit of gossip relating to Juniper: there is a sign about their liquor license request up in the window of the old subaru dealership in Westboro, just across from the Superstore. I haven't been able to find any further information about it though, so I don't know if they are moving, opening a second location, or what!

Newer ·


1

2007 Feb 28
I had an amazing Lychee Martini here.. not sure if it's still on the menu but can highly recommend.








2