Lot 66: Fixed Price Dining is Fine Dining

By Rebekah Skochinski

Though feasting prix fixe (fixed price) has been around since the late 1800s, it’s still extremely popular because it’s a great concept and one that is especially appealing at the start of the new year.

Lot 66 offers a set menu Tuesdays through Thursdays with a choice of a starter, an entrée, and dessert for $30. You can begin with either a feature soup or the Lot 66 Caesar salad—a knock-out plate of romaine hearts, caramelized bacon, roasted croutons, and Grana Padano.

Executive chef Michael Roulston says the entrées include a seasonal vegetables and a selection of popular dishes, like pan-seared Lake of the Woods pickerel with a lemon and dill cream sauce and roasted potatoes, veal picatta with caramelized onion and mashed potatoes, or garlic jumbo shrimp with fresh herbed butter and sweet pea orzo.

I settled on the pan-seared chicken in a very flavourful mushroom sauce, which was served atop a tasty sweet pea risotto. The golden beets and tender and sweet broccolini were a lovely complement. But of course, what is a great meal without an appropriate sweet ending? The dessert presented just happened to be one of my favourites: crème framboise—a delicate vanilla bean custard with raspberries and caramel.

While sitting beneath the soft glow of the amber-coloured pendant lights and sipping on a glass of Ontario chardonnay, I reflected on the fact that dining prix fixe is great value if you’re on a budget because the food and the experience at Lot 66 are anything but.