Celebration of my internship offer carried on over the weekend when my best friend Lauren came to visit. It was actually a double celebration because she just found out that she has an interview with a midwifery program at one of the hospitals that I will be working in for my internship! I'm so proud of her, and also really stoked at the possibility of being in the same city as her again.
To celebrate we made 8 pm reservations at Abruzzi, a downtown restaurant that has received stellar reviews amongst local food critics. I've been wanting to go for ages, so I was really excited to finally go. Also I was excited for an excuse to put on a dress and heels for the first time in ages.
The restaurant was packed when we arrived, thanks to its proximity to the London World Figure Skating Championships that have been going on this week. It took a few minutes to get our table, but once we were seated things went smoothly.
When it came to choosing my wine I had a bit of trouble because there were only a few reds offered by the glass, and many of them were Italian wines which I'm not familiar with. I decided to take a chance and get the Castelgreve 2010 chianti, which was okay.
We were brought out some bread, which I was really thankful for because it was around 8:30 and I was starving! It came with a really flavourful olive oil for dipping.
For my entree I was debating between a few dishes, so I asked our server Andrew for his opinion and he told me to go with the trout. It came over potato gnocchi with Brussels sprouts, cherry tomatoes, fennel, and pecorino cream. I have only one complaint about this dish: the trout was slightly overcooked. But it was otherwise a perfect meal. The gnocchi was one of the best I've ever eaten and the drizzle of pecorino cream gave it amazing flavour without making it too rich.
I was also really impressed by their service. Despite how busy it was, the co-owner Rob found still found time to make rounds to our table on more than one occasion and he even chased us out the door as we were leaving to say goodbye! Our server, Andrew, also deserves a big shout out for being so friendly and attentive.
Thanks Abruzzi for making our celebratory dinner even more special! I will definitely be back.
Bread: do you prefer it with olive oil, vinegar & olive oil, or butter?
How do you like to celebrate good news?