Who doesn’t love wining and dining? I have to admit, I am no expert when it comes to wine but I know what I like. It says something when you can tell your server or sommelier exactly what you want and they bring it to you; especially when you are a control freak like I am. Fortunately at Vin Room West, they did just that and I have found a new favourite wine in Zinck Gewürztraminer. It is exactly what you would expect from a restaurant whose wine list is comparable to a Harry Potter novel. Well maybe not that long but with more than 100 wines to choose from, picking your drink of choice is no easy task. Thankfully they have got people to help you with that. No one wants to have an anxiety attack trying to choose their wine!
Having started off with fabulous wine, the food had a lot to live up to. Both my mom and I opted for some of the lunch specials. She had an open-faced steak sandwich with roasted mushrooms and a salad with tarragon vinaigrette. I on the other hand went for the classic soup/salad lunch combo. The soup was a lusciously smooth butternut squash and caramelized onion, with hints of spice underlying the subtle sweetness. The Korean grilled romaine was like a punch in the face in comparison; and I do mean that in a good way. Don’t let the light drizzle of vibrant red roasted pepper vinaigrette fool you, it is more than enough to spice up the charred romaine. It almost reminded me of a lighter take on kimchi, both in terms of texture and flavour. The wilted edges of the warm romaine were comparable to the fermented cabbage, but without the funk. Nutty sesame oil worked to add depth to the warm heat of the salad. They said it used to be on the menu full-time and frankly, I am not sure why they took it off.
We had other plans for dessert although the dark chocolate hazelnut tart did catch my eye. They also have gluten free versions of many of their menu items, both sweet and savoury, if that is a concern (including the aforementioned tart). There are not many places where I can say I enjoyed the wine as much as the food. Whether you are going for the wine or the food, Vin Room West is well versed in both.