For Nash’s birthday a while back, we went to LOKA. His schedule lately has been hectic to plan anything in advance but we happened to get a day-of reservation for 8pm. I couldn’t resist the Ginger Old Fashioned that was on the chalkboard outside.
LOKA specializes in Canadian cuisine and they have both a Vegetarian and General “Eat Everything” option. We ordered both and the charcuterie board. They started us with a little amuse bouche that wasn’t listed but I could’ve eaten an entire bowl of.
The charcuterie is all made in-house. My favourite was the fatty duck, but we devoured the entire thing so fast.
Brussel sprouts served with a chive emulsion and pistachios is how I want to eat healthy vegetables forever.
I’ve also never had fiddleheads, but these tempura pickled ramps and fiddleheads was accompanied by a beautiful mayo.
These baby beats were also full of flavour and topped with a bit of delicious blue cheese.
On top of sourdough we had white bass rillettes with creamed cabbage.
This was a handrolled pappardelle with charred radicchio and kale cream.
One of our most memorable dishes was this pan seared mushrooms, truffled potatoes and deer lichen combo.
This beautiful dish was cured venison, wild mushroom ragout and pumpkin purée.
There was a salad of lettuce, heirloon tomatoes topped with green garlic dressing and burnt bread that almost imitated bacon bits!
We had this palette-cleansing thing made of beats that could’ve been like a dessert on its own.
The actual dessert was a caramel chocolate mousse with almond crunch and berry preserve. There was also a crunchy marshmallow.
I told them it was Nash’s birthday and he received a sparkler in his:
I loved this meal a lot! It might be one of my favourites this year and I can’t wait to come back occasionally to taste the seasonal selections.