My second and last Winterlicious meal this year was at Southern Accent, Cajun Creole Soul. A small restaurant near Bloor St West and Bathurst St. The first and second floor are decorated differently, giving off a complete different feel and ambiance. It was rather dark on the second floor so the pictures below aren't that great.
While we were waiting for our third companion to arrive, the friendly waitress asked several times if we wanted to start without him (turned out he was 45 minutes late).
We started munching on their bread and hummus as we waited. The bread was average (a bit musty), but the hummus was not bad.
For appetizer, Kevin ordered their soup of the day, which was both vegetarian and gluten free - red lentil with a bit of curry, cumin and a dollop of sour cream.
Ivan and I both ordered the 'Scallops with squash and herbed orzo; Orzo pasta tossed with pumpkin, shallot, parsley, fresh thyme in a white wine cream sauce topped with lightly seasoned scallops'. The scallops were cooked just right but a bit too salty. The orzo pasta was okay.
Then the dish we all came here for arrived: Cajun Turducken - a turkey stuffed with duck, which is stuffed with chicken. It's a dish that I always wanted to try, yet it's too hard to make. It came with 3 stuffings: oyster, cornbread/andouille, and sage/onion with pecans served with Bourbon yam gravy, Cranberry citrus compote, garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. To be honest, I'm not really a stuffing person, so I didn't find them to be particularly good.
I had high hopes for this dish, but it turned out too dry and bland for my preference. I knew I was eating meat but that's just what it tasted like - just meat. The Bourbon in the sauce wasn't strong at all but the mashed potatoes saved the dish - they were creamy and tasty.
We decided to share our desserts. We had one serving of Maple Apple Pandowdy, with dried cranberries served with homemade ice cream. It's essentially a fruit pie, with a thick top layer and crust. Too bad it was a bit too heavy after such a meaty meal.
We also ordered two servings of their (gluten free) pavlova, Aussie style meringue served with fresh fruit and fresh cream. I saw many other patrons also ordering this dessert, basically a giant meringue. If I weren't so full, I would've eaten both servings; it was really good.
595 Markham Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M6G 2L7
(416) 536 - 3211
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 2 Cajun Creole