congrats to my friends jason and paul - their restaurant, the only on king, was listed in enroute magazine's top ten new restaurants of 2008. if you haven't already, check them out. if you don't live in london, it is well worth the drive.
Considering all of the foie gras and caviar, lobster and oysters that are consumed on this trip, you may be surprised to know that the single best dish of the year may well be the simple vegetable salad at this former dairy in London, Ontario. If the kitchen can do this much with a salad, imagine what it can do with vitello tonnato (the classic Italian preparation of braised veal in a tuna sauce) or braised beef cheek (which shows up alongside fingerling potatoes and Cheshire blue cheese in its superb rendition of poutine). Chefs Paul Harding and Jason Schubert, local lads and childhood friends, source out the best products – ranging from Far Ben Farms lamb to Mario Pingue’s antipasti and Field Gate Organics ham – to bring a sophisticated sensibility to their hometown.