One of Toronto's appeal is that there are ethnic/cultural pockets scattered throughout the city. There's Chinatown, Korean Town, Little Italy, Greek Town etc. that's just perfect for exploring and sampling ethnic fare. What's interesting though, is to see how ethnic food creeps into different restaurants. The pub visited had traditional pub food, but a twist of Indian and a touch of Thai can be found.
This beefy stew is from Scotland Yard
. The Guinness stew is tender chunks of sirloin steak braised in Guinness, carrots, potatoes served on a Yorkshire pudding (a bready pastry) and is a dish I'd probably expected to find here. It was tasty but was too beefy for me. What I did find particularly delicious probably shouldn't be in a Scottish pub...Butter chicken and naan! So, a little bit of Indian food to go with the ales.
The butter chicken was moist and tender and the Tandoori tomato sauce was not too spicy and also perfect for dipping the naan (which was more like sliced
pita). I much preferred this dish. There was a side of yogurt too which served as dipping sauce too...But the Tandoori sauce was much more flavourful. At $13.00 for each of the two mains ordered, not bad for dinner.
Also had Torpedo Shrimps as a starter and came with sweet Thai chili sauce for dipping. Crunchy! Yummy!
The pub itself had character...The low lighting really set the mood. Booths to the side, lamps and stained glass artwork, recessed bookshelves with old-leathered tomes...An area for people playing darts...Quite a relaxed place to enjoy a beer or two with friends. It's along a short street with other pubs and so the area is fun for those who wish to do a little pub/bar-hopping.
Our host was friendly and was helpful in allowing some dish adjustment to suit my low-carb diet (substituting the chips from from fish & chips for some extra greens). In the end I didn't go for it but I appreciated the help.