Like many people I was intrigued to try Rob Feenie's food. Since he's a famous chef and people rave about his restaurant, it must have something to it. I believe people are over-awed by the celebrity since the meal I had at Lumiere was an absolute disappointment. Do not believe the hype, avoid this restaurant in favor of other high-end places around town.
The "Amuse Bouche" served was a rubbery, overripe oyster. Seafood should smell like the ocean, and not have the overpowering fishy smell and taste that this had!
Tthe sprigs of herb in the second dish were incredibly hard and sharp in my mouth. I had to spend several minutes removing them from the dish, else the dish was a painful experience.
The foie gras was not very enjoyable. I question the choice to serve rich foie gras with an equally rich bread. I would have preferred some drier type of bread to counterbalance the foie gras. Having a fatty oily bread to serve the foie gras was not pleasant to me, I found myself unable to finish the dish.
Speaking of breads, with our meal we were served a selection of breads, mostly COLD bread from Terra Breads from Granville Island. Terra does make good breads, but I would never serve it cold to my guests. To be fair, Lumiere did offer 1 selection of their own bread - a warm circular bun, which was decent.
The main meal was a raw-beef tartare dish. Had very little flavor at all. Tartares usually come with some flavor infused in the preparation, or (as you would expect in a French restaurant like this) a superb sauce. This had neither.
The cold ginger melon soup was lovely, I enjoyed it. But only 1 course out of 5 was a success. Hardly a "world class" restaurant experience.
Lumiere is overpriced, and the menu selection is extremely limited. If I am to be provided with a Prix Fixe meal, I expect the flavours to be harmonious and not the discordant trash I was served at Lumiere.