On the “Cresta” of a California Wave

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cresta toronto, photo James Shay, Best of Toronto
cresta toronto, photo James Shay, Best of Toronto

By Amy Sanderson

Torontonicity was invited to the cresta toronto re-opening party on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Located on The Esplanade just around the corner from Barsa Taberna, the St. Lawrence Market area restaurant features an Italian menu with California influences.

cresta toronto at 118 The Esplanade
cresta toronto at 118 The Esplanade

We easily parked at the Green P, located at the foot of Market Street and made our way up to cresta. The entrance features the bar in front with a dramatic, circular wine tower. The hosts greeted us warmly and showed us around the re-furbished restaurant.

Looking down upon the circular bar at cresta toronto
Looking down upon the circular bar at cresta toronto
Launch party of cresta toronto on March 15, 2016
Launch party of cresta toronto on March 15, 2016

We tasted the delicious Thomas and George Estate Pinot Noir, which had distinct rhubarb flavours. My favourite was the Chardonnay, which featured a limey, citrus nose with the full body of an oaky California Chardonnay. Thomas and George Estate wines are available only at cresta toronto. The winery is located in the Russian River Valley on the north coast of California and, with a limited supply available, they ship only to four states and cresta toronto.

Enjoying Thomas George Chadonnay at cresta toronto
Enjoying Thomas George Chadonnay at cresta toronto
cresta toronto, photo James Shay, Best of Toronto
cresta toronto, photo James Shay, Best of Toronto

Executive Chef Tri Tran has designed cresta toronto’s food menu around their wine list. The Cresta brands are part of the Thomas and George Estate Winery in Sonoma County, California.

The Food

Funghi pizza – with truffle oil and shaved parmesan. This pizza was positively delicious.

Funghi Pizza with mixed mushrooms, arugula, truffle oil and fontina at cresta toronto
Funghi Pizza with mixed mushrooms, arugula, truffle oil and fontina at cresta toronto

Brussel sprouts – with a crispy, balsamic glaze. The sprouts were frizzled and drizzled with balsamic vinegar for a toasty flavour.

Roasted beets with lemon thyme marinade and sauteed beet greens at cresta toronto
Roasted beets with lemon thyme marinade and sauteed beet greens at cresta toronto

Beets – with lemon thyme marinade and sauteed beet greens. This hors d’oeuvres featured three different shades of beets, which acquire a concentrated sweetness once roasted.

Steak tenderloin with roasted potatoes, cherry tomatoes, roasted garlic, beef jus at cresta toronto
Steak tenderloin with roasted potatoes, cherry tomatoes, roasted garlic, beef jus at cresta toronto

Steak – a tenderloin with roasted potatoes, cherry tomatoes, roasted garlic and beef jus. This perfectly-cooked steak was enhanced by the acidity of the tomatoes and taste bud teasing garlic.

Scallop Crudo with citrus, coriander and garlic chips at cresta toronto
Scallop Crudo with citrus, coriander and garlic chips at cresta toronto

Scallop Crudo – with citrus, coriander and garlic chips. I didn’t get to taste these, but they looked fabulous.

The party was fun and vibrant with great music and wonderful light coming in through the generous windows.

Dining room at cresta toronto
Dining room at cresta toronto
Main and second floors at cresta toronto
Main and second floors at cresta toronto

The first floor features an open kitchen, bar and seating. The second floor also features a bar and seating.

Fresh flowers at cresta toronto
Fresh flowers at cresta toronto

The fresh flowers adorning the room are reminiscent of the fresh California taste.

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cresta toronto is located at 118 The Esplanade, 416-901-9113

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