While Torontonians scrambled around to secure reservations during the Summerlicious craze, I decided to take a short drive East to check out Whitbylicious - who can say no to free parking?
This year’s Whitbylicious featured prix fixe menus from 9 restaurants. Downtown Whitby is actually quaint but you can find a handful of amazing restaurants all within walking distance. My favourite restaurants in the area are all around Dundas Street + Brock Street intersection.
This year, we decided to go to kb (the initials of chef Kevin Brown) formerly at the now defunct Burbs Bistro. While his new restaurant is void of white linens, the delicious food is here to stay!
The $35 prix-fixe dinner menu consisted of an appetizer, main and dessert.
To start we had Local Organic Lettuces, green and yellow beans, toasted almond + rhubarb vin. Unfortunately, my dining companion was not too fond of this salad. So….
Take 2: The Grilled Romaine with heirloom beets, egg, house Ricotta + sweet onion vinaigrette. Always been a fan of this salad and the sweetness of the beets played off well against the saltiness of the cheese.
I opted for the Celeriac Bisque with house Guanciale lardons as I was feeling under the weather and this hit the spot!
For my main I opted for Local Organic Berkshire Suckling Pig with beet syrup glaze, local cucumber salad, potato and yam purée in jus. This was quite delicious and the bounty of local Ontario produce made it even better! I always think crispy, roast pork whenever I hear the term suckling pig so this was a bit different than what I imagined. More like a pulled pork or slow-cooker pork. Nonetheless delicious.
The Artic Char was good, save for the bit of albumin that reared its ugly head on the surface. I really enjoyed the grain salad of bulgur, local beets, greens + rainbow chard that came with. It had a lot of different textures and flavours that just melded well together.
Dessert featured a Local Cherry + Passion Fruit Bread Pudding which was very moist, not extremely dense, and the tartness of the fruits made this dessert just right.
KB is one of two go-to restaurants for me in the Durham region (the other being PORT in Pickering). It’s hard to find restaurants in the ‘burbs who aren’t “playing it safe.” KB also offers cooking classes and a Sunday Roast (from 4-9PM) for $25, which is also a 3-course endeavour.
KB will also feature a prix-fixe menu in the fall as a participating restaurant of Durham’s Savour the Season, from September 11-22.