Julianne and I visited Truffles Bistro when I was up in Saskatoon to run the Sask Ultra 50 km race in October of 2012. I was recently sent to Saskatoon for work so I thought it was time for a second visit. It was still good but not as good as the first time. As was the case last time I decided to order from the five course tasting menu. The five course menu consists of an amuse bouche, appetizer, sea buckthorn sorbet palate cleanser, entrée and dessert. You have a choice between 2 appetizers, entrées and desserts.
I should have brought something to write on so I could remember this better. The amuse bouche was bigger than I thought it would be. It’s only supposed to be a one or two bite dish. This one was about five bites. No complaints about the size. It’s hard for me to describe this dish. It had shrimp, lemons, toasted rice and foam. It was a strange combination of flavours and textures that didn’t really go well together. I’m not sure what they were trying to accomplish with this one. Did not enjoy.
Canadian Scallops: Proscuitto dusted scallops, grilled romaine with roasted garlic vinaigrette, parsley coulis and aioli. I liked most things about this dish save the grilled romaine lettuce. It was a couple of spears of romaine hearts that were lightly grilled and dressed with a roasted garlic vinaigrette. It didn’t seem to go with the scallops. The proscuitto dusted scallops were tasty and they paired well with the parsley coulis and aioli.
The sea buckthorn sorbet tasted good. It was cut into a shape and presented in a dish that conspired to make this difficult to eat.
Steak Frites. This dish is a staple of any good French bistro and Truffles know how to make this one well. The steak was done exactly as I ordered it (rare). It was smothered in shallot butter and sat on a bed of roasted mushrooms. The steak was accompanied by roasted carrots and parsnips and fries with sea salt and truffle oil. Another nice touch was the home made ketchup.
My dessert was a roasted pineapple with coconut vanilla bean sauce, meyer lemon sorbet, mango purée, strawberries and an oven dried orange slice. All of the ingredients worked together to make a pretty tasty dessert. The sorbet was cut to a proper size and didn’t present the same problem as the palate cleanser.
The meal was pretty good this time. The first visit to Truffles Bistro with Julianne was better. Must be the wonderful company. I would go again but I might try other menu offerings. I’ve had the tasting menu twice now and I think it’s time to try something different.