Fetta Panini Bar

You may have heard that Toronto Pearson Airport has revamped its dining options for travelers.

Flying out of Terminal 1, I decided to stop at Fetta, a panini bar developed by Chef Mark McEwan but run by OTP Management, an airport food and beverage operator.

The menu features a selection of premade sandwiches that are grilled on order and also some entrées and appetizers plus cocktails, wine and beer.

I decided on one of the panini sandwiches so I can bring half on the plane with me. I’ve never enjoyed Air Canada’s meal offerings as noted in my previous post, Mile High Dining. My choice was the Clinton Street panini consisting of coppa, prosciutto, soppressata, provolone and antipasto.

Clinton Street Panini

Clinton Street Panini

On first sight, it seemed rather thin for a $16 sandwich, but this airport dining so I wasn’t shocked by the price tag. I liked the grilled bread and the slight saltines of the ham but didn’t taste much of the antipasto. I was wondering if they just forgot to add  it so I asked the server. He assured me it included antipasto. I decided to open it up to take a look to be sure.

A peek inside the sandwich.

A peek inside the sandwich.

I was wrong. As you can see there is a bit of antipasto but I honestly thought it came with more. As I was still sitting in front of the convenient iPad that you order from, I looked up the sandwich that I ordered.

Clinton Panini Photo from Fetta

Clinton Panini Photo from Fetta

I see a slight difference between the sandwich I received and the one in this picture, don’t you? I definitely see tomatoes on the bottom.

I showed the photo the server and he said that it was just a stock photo. The sandwiches are never served like that.

Hmmm…

I did like the sandwich and think it is a nice addition to the choices of dining at Pearson but I would appreciate knowing exactly what I ordered especially if there is a picture of it.

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Ritzy Sunday Brunch

Mimosa

Mimosa

Like many, I love having Sunday brunch. It’s a wonderful ritual to while away your afternoon with family or good friends. But the brunch at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Toronto is not your typical brunch. Served on the upper level at the elegant TOCA restaurant, the variety and quality of the food is stunning.

I started with the massive display of oysters, mussels, shrimp, lobster tails and the most amazing smoked trout I’ve ever tasted. Beside that were platters of sushi and ham charcuterie.This all-inclusive feast included unlimited glasses of your choice of  prosecco, bellinis or mimosas You could probably have prosseco, bellinis and mimosas. You choose!

The salad table has about 5 different options like including grilled asparagus as well as make your own mini salad bar. I also sampled dumplings, a pan fried fish of the day with julienne vegetables  and some mini plated items like roast duck. The carving station had a massive beef wellington. It was perfectly cooked, tender, still warm with a flaky pastry.  Delicious. At the made to order omelette station, the chef assured me they use real eggs and he was kind enough to add lobster to my order. You can also request eggs any style. TOCA is known for their cheese cave so of course there are a selection of cheeses included but since I’m lactose intolerant I focused on the things I could devour. Not to be forgotten is the fresh croissants and breads with butter and jam for accompaniment.

The most amazing area was the room dedicated to desserts. If you can find room you must, must, must have dessert!  There is a chocolate fountain, macaroons, chocolate ganache, cheesecake pops and much more! After two hours,  I was still drinking mimosas because hey…it’s Sunday.

I found the level of service just amazing. Every time I went up to get more food, my glass was refilled (yay!), my plate was cleared and my napkin folded. The restaurant was full but I never felt over crowded or rushed  and the food was always replenished. I order to not detract from an enjoyable experience, I did not take photos every items in the room. For this type of brunch, just  let your taste buds lead you and enjoy.