March 15th, 2012
Multiple Choice; a cocktail test
You have to love a restaurant that takes cocktails so seriously that the drinks menu is pages long.
Bring your reading glasses to Lucid Cocktail Kitchen, because you’ll want to consider your choice carefully among the multiple sour, sweet savoury and bitter options laid out for each liquor. The "Boulevard Sour" ($14), a beyond-smooth concoction of bourbon, Campari and sweet vermouth blended with lime and egg white and topped with Angostura bitters was a fine starter for my meal of pumpkin and goat cheese stuffed pasta garnished with pea shoots ($19) and expertly sautéed winter greens ($5).
My dining partner enjoyed two starters—game tartar ($14) and a spinach herb salad with blue cheese ($9)—and we somehow polished off fresh-baked bread and butter on top of that.
I can't remember the last time I cleaned my plate so thoroughly. —Kat Tancock
Lucid Cocktail and Kitchen, 571 Queen St. W., Toronto, 416-361-6154, www.lucidck.com