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Red deer tartare, duck confit, beets and stilton
Uphill Both Ways, a bourbon, amaro and sherry cocktail $115 for two
Sun. to Wed. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thurs. to Sat. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Recommended, but walk-ins are welcome Years ago, I had a newspaper assignment to write about a Michelin starred chef on the Cote d’Azur.
The chef was Jacques Maximin of Chantecler in Nice. He talked a lot about what he most loved to cook and the customers he most loved to cook for.
It was a shock when Maximin first told me that above all else he adored being asked for a plain roast chicken.
His favourite customer was the actor Omar Sharif who only ever asked for a roast chicken. Occasionally Maximin would slip a few truffle slices under the skin, but mostly he kept it simple.
He used to say that only the most simple of executions showed the mettle of a chef — and the quality of the ingredients. This of course is the true heart of French cooking — not, as some believe, obfuscating matters with sauce, but rather exposing the elegance of perfect ingredients.
Hence my search for a perfect roast chicken.
So I was excited to discover roast chicken on the menu at the Civic, the new snazzy resto on the