>> November 5, 2011
Long time loyal readers of this blog will remember that Etch is one of my favourite restaurants. (You can read about previous visits here and here!)
So when a Travelzoo voucher popped up - a 3 course dinner for 2 people at the sum of $85, I quickly snapped one up and made a booking on the same day. The voucher was valid for lunch or dinner, Monday to Friday so I quickly made a coveted Friday night booking on the day of buying the voucher.
Upon arriving at Etch, I was pleased to see that it was the same as my last visit - dim lighting, cosy atmosphere and just general plushness in decor.
The Travelzoo voucher entitled you to pick from a selection of items taken from their normal menu. Considering that prices for mains are about $30+, this was really great value. I've put the normal price of the dishes with the photos below so you can get an idea of pricing (and therefore savings!)
We ordered some drinks to start (not included in voucher) - my cocktail was delicious! Somehow our drinks order got lost and after following up with the waiter, he apologised profusely and said that the drinks would be on the house. [Unfortunately when the bill came, we were charged for the drinks but since it had been a lovely meal, we didn't want to ruin the night by questioning the charge :-) ]
One of the things I love about Etch and Justin North's restaurants generally is the presentation of the dishes. They are always so pretty.
We ordered a side of potatoes (not included in voucher)
Not exactly the most attractive dish, but it sure was yummy. The flavouring of the potatoes reminded me of Kettle chips! Embarrassed to say that I ate almost all of the potatoes because my dining companion had a shrinking stomach.
Brillat Savarin cheesecake with Champagne and mandarin sorbet ($16)
The desserts were amazing and possibly my favourite part of the meal.
By now we were stuffed but the voucher also included tea or coffee with petit fours.
The petit fours looked like offerings from the Etch lolly tray which I had not tried before. The peanut brittle was extremely yummy, as was the chocolate brownie like item next to it.
What a meal! What a voucher! I love dining on good vouchers - who can resist when you're saving money?