Winterlicious – 259 Host

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Winterlicious reservation #3 at Lone Star Texas Grill was a fail but reservation #4 at 259 Host totally made up for it.

I was very curious about 259 Host having walked past it numerous times on lunchtime strolls in the area near my work office. Seeing it on the Winterlicious list created the perfect opportunity to try it out.

Walking into the place, you feel like you are entering an upscale establishment but without the snottiness. The host was courteous as was our server. The decor and furniture comes off as fancy but the atmosphere is quite relaxed and casual. 259 Host boasts traditional fare made with love and served with innovative design to create a rich culinary experience.

What to order? Good thing I mulled it over the day before…

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I needed one of these first! A red, not sure what, ordered on recommendation by the waiter. It did the trick…

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Started With the Lazeez Naan

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Tandoori baked naan stuffed with spinach and goat cheese. It was warm and fresh. Stuffed with just enough spinach and goat cheese, subtle flavour. Generous portion.

Next was the main dish. I selected the Rogan Josh, a lamb medallion curry of yogurt, saffron and onion. Served with a bit of salad and basmati rice. As well as more naan and spicy chickpeas.

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The lamb medallion was tender, melt in your mouth good. The curry sauce had some heat and dipping the naan into the sauce was delicious. I am quite the fan of lamb. This was a respectable lamb dish. I could have gone for another medallion though.

After all the heat, it was time for something sweet.

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Chocolate gulab jamun – cheese balls stuffed with chocolate and dipped in a flavored sugar syrup. It was like a mini donut with a chocolate surprise in the middle doused in honey. One was not enough!

259 Host …is a fine restaurant.

Leaving the restaurant, we ended up taking a walk and we found ourselves at Soma Chocolatemaker, a chocolate factory and boutique on King West. The back of their space houses their chocolate making operations and it is fun to watch them work on their sweet crafts through the large plexiglass windows. Gourmet cookies and creative chocolate creations everywhere. It is also a cafe and they make a pretty good Mayan hot chocolate, creamy, rich and spicy. Such an interesting combo indeed!

I have been craving brownies lately so the closest I could find was a mini hazelnut chocolate cake.

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It was so light and not too sweet, the middle was gooey and rich. Like a lava cake with whole hazelnuts baked in. Totally satisfying.

Overall I did enjoy my meal. And my company. Until next meal!

Bedtime for me. =)

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