The soaring Wall of Power anchors the airy, fun room in the Hard Rock Cafe Toronto.
Last night, I dropped into the Hard Rock Cafe Toronto to sample some of their new menu items, and was impressed!
Started off with the HRC Chicken Lettuce Wraps, which the kitchen aced.
A huge platter comes loaded with sparklingly fresh raw veg – iceberg lettuce leaves; marinated, julienned carrot; bean sprouts; marinated ‘salad’ of red pepper, cucumber and onion – along with crisp wonton noodles.
Served with that is diced roast-chicken breast tossed with mushrooms, garlic, ginger and toasted sesame seeds.
Tear off a hunk of lettuce, place a spoonful(s) of the chicken onto it, accessorize at your whim (my faves were the carrot and cuke/pepper salad), garnish with Asian peanut or sweet ’n’ sour sauce (the peanut rules!).
Roll up. Consume.
Voila – A healthy, carb-free app, delivering big flavours and crisp/crunchy texture. Who knew a shrine to rock ’n’ roll would also be a temple of wrap ’n’ roll?
On to the entrée, a huge chicken breast, grilled to succulence and topped with a thick ’n’ winey marsala sauce.
Along for the ride is a tangle of spaghettini jazzed with garlic, romano cheese, mushrooms and fresh spinach leaves – and beside that, a grilled ratatouille. Generous, and deeply satisfying.
At dessert, decadence reigns, with a rich peanut butter/chocolate pie, served in a medium-sized drinking glass.
Anchored by the soaring Wall of Power, whose screens blast non-stop rock videos, and boasting a sleek decor (earth tones, acres of polished wood and, of course, oodles of fascinating rock-star memorabilia), the airy room is as fun as ever.
For groups, the upstairs private lounge accommodates 300 people (reception style), 100 (seated dinner) and 130 (theatre style).
The main-floor restaurant is available for buyouts.
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