Birthday Dinner: Terra Restaurant

Monday, November 16, 2015
As I mentioned, birthday weekend means eating all the things. So on Saturday, I went for Birthday Dinner #2 with my friend Austin at Terra Restaurant. I've been wanting to try this place for some time but was just looking for the right occasion to go, so I figured my birthday was the perfect opportunity to eat some delicious overpriced Italian food.

Raw oysters: Raspberry Point Malpeque and Lucky Limes

Imported Italian Burrata Cheese and Heirloom Tomatoes

Wild Mushroom Crema Pappardelle

Roasted Bone-Marrow Breadcrumb Garlic and Citrus Ravioli

Decadent. Indulgent. Divine. These are the words to describe a meal at Terra. Their raw bar just opened back up, so we obviously had to order oysters (also because Austin had never had oysters before, and we had to rectify that situation). We followed that with the burrata cheese (!), something that every single Italian restaurant should offer, but so few do. It's mild, soft, plush, and addictive. I could eat it with everything. (I do, however, prefer the version at Campagnolo, which is drizzled with olive oil, topped with a flurry of salt and pepper, and served with grapes instead of tomatoes.) What really sings at Terra, though, is the pasta. That night, we decided to share two of the daily specials: pappardelle (my favourite!) in a wild mushroom crema made with osso buco broth and topped with shaved parmesan and pink peppercorns, and a bone marrow stuffed ravioli (!) with broken veal osso buco, peas, and shaved parmesan. Just spectacular. The menus change seasonally here, but I can't imagine the food being anything less than fantastic. 

Roasted apple and mascarpone tart

Flourless chocolate cake

Desserts included a warm roasted apple and mascarpone tart (on a plate that our server had cheekily wrote, "Happy 21st Birthday!") and a rich molten flourless chocolate cake served with vanilla bean ice cream, both of which just hit the right spot after such a savoury meal. Our server (I think his name is Douglas?) was an absolute joy; so polite and informative, and attentive but not cloying, and just generally personable and humourous. It can get pretty pricey at Terra (and there are extra costs for almost everything, so make sure you are aware of them; pop refills are not free, and they offer three types of water, so make sure you're getting regular ice water if you don't wanna pay for it), but it is really a wonderful place to bring someone for a special occasion. The live jazz band playing "Smooth Criminal" was also a nice touch. Many thanks to Austin for joining me for a truly memorable birthday meal!

Terra Restaurant
8199 Yonge Street
Thornhill, ON L3T 2C6
(905) 721-6161
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