The Feasting Room is using the pop-up strategy to experiment with a fascinating concept that may or may not become a hit with the general public, but will seem innovative and exciting to adventurous diners. Each week, a $65 6 course blind tasting menu is offered, with every single course from appetizers to mains to dessert featuring (to varying degrees) the "animal of the week". As part of the "menu", you are presented with a drawing of the selected beast, with numbers indicating which part will be included in each of the 6 courses. We decided to try out goose week.
Finally the dessert arrived to satisfy our mildly trepidacious curiosity of how goose would be incorporated. Thankfully it was merely a homage to the goose - rice pudding with concord grape jelly coulis, served with a "goose"berry and a madeline that was made with goose fat instead of butter. I really wasn't up for goose liver ice cream!
Coming soon on the menu will be game such as venison and boar. When we asked whether the meat was hunted from the wild, we were told that food regulations prevented this but they would love to do it if it was allowed since they had a shotgun behind the bar. We thought this was a joke until our bill came rolled up in a spent shotgun shell!
All in all, the food was great other than the goose breast course being a tad on the bland side. The novelty of the experience was so much fun that we are ready to try this again in a few weeks when the featured animal will be rabbit. We look forward to this restaurant finding its permanent location as it is a great addition to the Toronto dining scene.
Feasting Room - @ The Orbit Room
580A College St.