Bosk is an elegant Asian-inspired restaurant that sits quietly in the corner lobby of the majestic Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotel on University Avenue. The word "bosk" means a small bush or a wooded area so it's no surprise that space is flush with light-coloured wood accents.
Executive Chef Damon Campbell has plenty of experience with the hotel having plied his trade at both the Kuala Lumpur and Manila locations. His meals can be ordered either a la carte or as part of a three ($75) or four-course ($85) menu.
It's not an everyday indulgence but the thing to get here is the Northern Divine Caviar Donut ($24). White sturgeon caviar from BC adornsthe top of a miniature perfectly-baked donut, topped with crĂ¨me fraiche as a flourish. It's a small, three-bite experience. But what sumptuous three bites they are.
The Beet and Prosciutto Salad ($18) is perfectly salty prosciutto paired with pickled beets.
The Hamachi Sashimi ($18) rivals the quality of any you can get in Toronto but this version gets elevated with a delicate yuzu and white soy vinaigrette.
The Nova Scotia Scallops ($24) may be small in size but are big on flavour. Each one has a nice char and I especially love the texture that comes from the accompanying lightly spiced puffed rice.
The Cumbrae Farms 45-day aged Ribeye ($47) comes medium rare all the way through and is plated with sunchokes and a nice red wine jus that gives the meat just a hint of sweetness.
The Spring Ontario Lamb Rack ($44) with a side of fava bean falafel, braised artichokes and sweet bread brings with it memories of the Middle East. A light hint of mint-inspired jus nicely ties the dish together.
The Wild BC Halibut ($38) with saffron broth, squids and clams is a satisfying meaty fish main. It's lightly seasoned with burnt chili oil.
When it comes to dessert, Bosk serves an indulgent Illanka Dark Chocolate Palette ($12) which is basically a chocolate mousse banana bar plated with a thin pretzel wafer and "black and tan" ice cream.
The more savoury Fromage Blanc Cheesecake ($12) isn't overly rich and pairs well with a blueberry sorbet.
Still have money to burn? For drinks, try the refreshing Watermelon Negroni ($20) or the Strawberry Basil Margarita ($18). There's also a virgin Hong Kong Lemonade ($8.50) - a mix of fresh cranberries, orange, yuzu, sparkling soda, and ginger beer.
Is the warmer months be sure to take advantage of the patio. It looks out onto University or Adelaide and evokes the look and feel of a minimalistic garden.
Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo. When not writing for blogTO he can usually be found tweeting here or delaying mealtimes everywhere by posting pictures here . Photos by Hector Vasquez .