• Gail Johnson

Kombucha aids digestion. So does walnut liqueur.

The team at MARKET by Jean-Georges at the Shangri-La hotel selected the Antica Distillerai Russo Nocino Walnut Liqueur to cap off a fabulous recent media evening featuring a Harvest Tasting Menu.The incredibly smooth spirit accompanied a delicate "French toast" spiced with rum alongside apples, raisins, and brown-butter ice cream. MARKET by Jean-Georges is the first restaurant in Canada for the three-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

The night was a chance to meet the restaurant's new chef de cuisine, Montgomery Lau, and general manager, David Auer. Got guests coming to town or want to impress a new date? The place will knock your socks off. Lau served up tuna tartare with bonito crispy tapioca, Dungeness black-pepper crab fritters with Asian pear and endive, pan-seared sea bream with corn chanterelles and silky carrot, and a beautiful, thick lamb chip topped with mushroom Bolognese sauce and Pecorino.

Hot tip: the resto offers a 50-minute prix-fixe power lunch, where $29 gets you your choice of two plates plus dessert. Some options: warm asparagus salad with avocado and mushroom and Hollandaise sauce, seared scallops with a carrot-raisin emulsion and caramelized cauliflower, and steelhead salmon with basil and a sweet-and-sour carrot sauce. Dessert: with four to choose from, I'd have to go with the banana-cream pie. And I don't care how good kombucha is for you or your colon (though it's said to be very); If I were to order a digestif, it'd have be that walnut liqueur.

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