Hot potato, the earliest dish designed to be passed, is nearly extinct due to the constant ravages of grade-school appetites. Revive shifting sustenance with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of tapas and drinks at The Gourmet Emporium in Olde Walkerville. The Gourmet Emporium is a tapas bar and dance club with a sophisticated atmosphere and excellent service. The multifarious menu is based around tapas ($5–$16), small plates that are meant for nibbling with friends or for teaching the art of sharing to emotionally stunted adults. A popular choice for indecisive Irenes and vacillating Victors are the $25 and $35 seven-course tasting menus, which include a predetermined selection of tantalizing tapas and desserts. Bouches are well amused with a goat-cheese mousse over crostini, while salad-course selections include a caprese salad of locally grown tomatoes and bocconcini cheese sprinkled liberally with Chilean avocado oil. Heavy flavour hitters follow, such as the samosas, an east Indian delight packing a pastry-wrapped punch of spiced potatoes and peas fashionably flanked by a duo of saucy dipping implements. Dishes such as blackened salmon duke it out with grilled-portobello pasta for the taste title, while lucky course number seven wraps up the culinary parade with delicate desserts such as cheesecake, crème brûlée, and flourless chocolate cake.
Purchasers of this Groupon can also use it toward The Gourmet Emporium's lengthy wine list and luscious libations. Housed in a restored bank building, The Gourmet Emporium offers an architecturally appealing interior for dining or late-night dancing. Live music is often found cruising the crowd, and themed nights spicy up the week, such as Latin night on Thursday, when guests dressed in sweater vests bring resurrected textbooks of the long-dead language. Free parking is available.