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There are no shortage of restaurants in Toronto, as the city offers an impressive range of international foods without needing to travel abroad. You don't have to travel far to have a taste of a Sunday Roast dinner, as you can now find it at Weslodge. Situated in the heart of King Street West is Weslodge, a modern saloon-inspired restaurant by Ink Entertainment. Weslodge is pretty distinguishable by its illuminated, slab-lettered marquee lights and large yellow doors. Once inside, you are welcomed into a large space furnished with cutting-edge design and decor.

I have been to the restaurant on two occasions for dinner, and a couple of weeks ago had the pleasure of trying their Sunday Roast Dinner. What is Sunday Roast? It is a popular traditional British meal that is typically served on Sunday, and typically shared with families and friends. The dinner concept originated from England, but is also popular in many parts of Ireland as well. 

The restaurant prides itself on their extensive selection of expertly mixed classic drinks, which I had the chance to try. My cocktail was mixed by one of the mixologists at the bar, and it was sweet to my liking.

Weslodge introduced their version of the Sunday Roast Dinner earlier this past December, and it's now available every Sunday from 3 pm to close. The dinner is $35 per person, and features roast meat (beef or lamb) served with the following accompaniments; Yorkshire pudding, potatoes, seasonal vegetables, a jug of gravy, and choice of dessert. 

I really enjoyed the Potatoes, as they were golden, crispy, and didn't taste oily to me. 

The meal also came with a dish of Seasonal Vegetables, which change often depending on the season. Personally, I found the vegetables too salty for my liking, so I didn't touch much of it.  

Yorkshire Pudding is an English food made from batter, and is usually part of the traditional Sunday roast. I have never had such a huge Yorkshire Pudding before, and as a carbs lover ... I certainly welcome its size.

For my meat option, I opted for the Roast Beef, which did not disappoint. The roast was cooked to pink, so it was medium on the outside, while being fairly rare on the inside. I loved it! It was tender, perfectly cooked, and full of flavor. Although the gravy was very good, I didn't need to drown my meat with it.  

Another meat option is the Roast Lamb, which J got. He liked it too! 

For dessert, I got their Sticky Toffee Pudding - vanilla ice cream, which is also available on their regular dessert menu. It was a great ending to a wonderful meal.

Apple Crumble Pie - cinnamon ice cream 

Overall, the Sunday Roast at Weslodge was an enjoyable dinner. The service was attentive, friendly, and non-pretentious. Mondays are usually the worst, so the Sunday Roast Dinner at Weslodge is the perfect way to make your weekend feel a little longer. 

Address: 480 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1L7

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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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Weslodge - Sunday Roast Dinner

by on Friday, January 12, 2018
There are no shortage of restaurants in Toronto, as the city offers an impressive range of international foods without needing to travel ab...
We had the pleasure of visiting the Front Street location of Fionn MacCool's last month to check out their new #GoodFoodPromise menu. The philosophy that they instilled is that they believe in sourcing great tasting and quality ingredients from responsible Canadian family farms that they know and trust. Fionn MacCool's has several locations in Ontario, and their menu offers a variety of Irish-inspired and North American classics.

The Chicken Tacos - 3 tacos with fresh pulled chicken, cilantro-lime coleslaw and mango salsa packed into flour tortillas. Drizzled with fresh lime cream sauce and finished with a little Sriracha for some heat, was super filling and delicious.

I usually love calamari, but the Calamari - lightly dusted calamari tossed in salt, pepper and green onions. Served with our made-in-Pub fire-roasted red pepper sauce, from here was slightly too soft for my taste.

The beef used in Fionn MacCool's dishes are sourced from the proudly Canadian Beretta Farms. The cows are raised without the use of antibiotics, hormones, or steroids. For my main course, I opted for their Steak & Fries - 8 oz. Alberta top sirloin grilled to order with sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomato and fresh-cut fries. My steak was cooked perfectly as I requested - medium and the sautéed mushrooms really added to its flavor. As a steak lover, it was a highly recommended item for me.

Over-fishing is a huge issue, and Ocean Wise is helping consumers identify species that are caught or farmed in a way that ensure the long-term health and stability of that species. Fionn MacCool's is proud to serve Ocean Wise wild cod in their fish and chips and also fish tacos. My guest opted for the No.1 Fish & Chips - the only two food groups that matter. Keep it classic with a cod fillet fried to order in our made-in-Pub Barking Squirrel amber lager beer batter. It’s served with rainbow slaw, our Dungloe Sauce and fresh-cut fries. Unlike some of the other fish and chips on the market, the ones here was non-greasy. It was tender on the inside, and lightly battered on the outside. The fish are offered with hand-cut fries, tartar sauce and coleslaw (but you can substitute the fries for side salad).

If you are interested in reading about the sustainability and traceability in the seafood industry, please read my blog post on MSC.

In addition to sourcing the best ingredients, Fionn MacCool's is also deeply rooted in the community. 50 cents from every Mill St. Original Organic Pint sold goes to a local charity. So, don't forget to pair your food with a pint ... drink for a good cause. 

Fionn MacCool's #GoodFoodPromise menu features many new items that I think people will enjoy whether it's with friends or casual dinners. It was definitely good knowing where the ingredients came from and the chain pubs' overall message. 

Address: 310 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3A4

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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

Located in the vibrant St. Lawrence Market district is the 1920's style bar East Thirty-Six. East Thirty-Six is a restaurant and cocktail bar focusing on house-made ingredients for craft cocktails and a gourmet menu of shareable dishes. Co-owner and Mixologist, Julien Salomone, brings several years' experience to the beverage program by "infusing syrups, tinctures and liquors in-house to heighten the stunning array of cocktails."

Here you will find an extensive list of seasonal cocktails like the Island Delight, Rouge Passion, and Le Caterina. Check out their list of cocktails here.

A couple of weeks back, we had the pleasure of attending the fall/winter tasting at East Thirty-Six. That evening, guests got to try four new cocktails from their fall/winter drinks menu: 

The St-Germain - Beefeater gin, st-germain elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, syrup, and cava

Apothecary - Hayman's london dry, Hayman's sloe gin, tonic syrup, lemon juice, rosemary tincture, and perrier

Nutcracker - Lot 40 rye, drambuie, house spiced rum, walnut bitters, and black cardamom

Night Capp - coffee vanilla infused bourbon, macadamia nut syrup, and espresso

East Thirty-Six is an intricately designed and sophisticated space inspired by the Old Hollywood vibe, It's rather reminiscent of a 1920s era bar with dark furnishing, marble bar, and steel light fixtures. Patrons are greeted by a large bar space where they are welcome to enjoy an array of craft cocktails by Julien Salomone. Compliment your craft cocktail with an assortment of sharing plates from East Thirty-Six's gourmet menu of shareable dishes like the octopus, Humboldt squid, Berkshire pork belly, or a platter of oysters.

East Thirty-Six is an ideal spot for a social gathering, intimate dinners, or after work events. Many of the shareable-plated dishes are perfectly paired by the cocktails and wine accompaniment. So, it's an especially good place for group gatherings, as you can try a variety of dishes. East Thirty-Six is open daily (4 pm to 2 am), and serving food from 5 pm to 1 am (Monday to Sunday). 

Address: 36 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C9

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Entice Culinary Lounge is a new upscale bistro that opened earlier last month on Queen and Ossington. The bistro aims to offer "a globally-inspired menu" with their plentiful offerings. Entering the space, Entice Culinary Lounge's interior looks very modern and sleek with its contemporary design. I was personally enthralled by the bar counter top, as flat screens have been retrofitted to play classic silent movies on a loop. It adds quite the touch to the overall look of the bistro.  

** Images are courtesy of Entice Culinary Lounge **

The menu is headed by Executive Chef Ryan Wilson-Lall who has created a very diverse menu including items such as mushroom moccachino, k-beef ribs, whipped porcini egg white, sour cherry duck breast, and butternut squash gnocchi. Wilson-Lall draws inspiration from Toronto's diverse culture, and uses a selection of fresh seasonal ingredients to create Entice Culinary Lounge's menu. Looking at their menu, I can see that they offer a wide selection of dishes that would satisfy various people's tastes. Overall, Entice Culinary Lounge doesn't adhere to one particular cuisine, but rather is a conglomerate of a global fusion of flavors which is a welcome feat. Entice Culinary Lounge is open for dinner Tues-Wed from 5 pm to 12 am, and Thurs-Sat from 5 pm to 2 am. They also offer brunch on Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:30 am.

I had the opportunity to attend their launch party a couple of weeks ago, where guests were treated to signature cocktails, and passed canapes that showcases what the bistro has to offer.

The Carbonara Raviolo - bacon, cremini, whipped porcini egg white, crispy basil, pecorino cheese, roasted garlic mascarpone filling is Entice's signature dish, and perfectly creamy.


 There were some unexpected takes on familiar dishes such as this Smoked Fish & Chips - mahi mahi, caper raisin remoulade, shaved jalapeno, crispy tortilla on the appetizer menu. The addition of the jalapeno provided a more complex flavor of sweet and spicy.

Sea Salt Crusted Lamb Shoulder - roasted tri-colour carrots, curry leaves & cauliflower ‘couscous’


 The robustly spiced K-Beef Ribs - apple, house made spicy kimchi, was my favorite out of all of the passed canapés that I sampled. The beef ribs was tender and the house made spicy kimchi added a whole lot of flavor to the dish.

The No Bake Chocolate Biscuit Cake - toasted walnuts, raspberry sorbet, definitely satisfied my sweet tooth. It had a well balanced-flavor, and you can't tell that it's flourless.


More Dishes from their Menu:

Mushroom Moccachino - wild mushroom espresso broth, shaved chocolate, sweetened froth

Mango & Papaya Salad - pomegranate seeds, avocado, jicama, zucchini, artisan greens, grilled clementine dressing

 Warm Scallop & Double Smoked Bacon Salad - pickled artichoke, shaved fennel, mache, lemon oil & aged balsamic

Spicy Ahi Tuna - pickled long radishes, sliced avocado, crispy mung bean noodles, mango salad, wasabi & yuzu tobiko

Sour Cherry Duck Breast - carrot purée, roasted parsnips, baby turnips, beet chips

Wild Boar Ragu - fresh house pasta, whipped sheep ricotta

 Entice Burger - spicy mustard & sharp cheddar spread, dill pickle, bacon lardons, fries or greens

Striploin - purple patatas bravas, asado mushrooms, collard greens

Tres Leche Waffles - Mexican chocolate wafer, strawberries, whip cream

Address: 1036 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H7

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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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Entice Culinary Lounge

by on Thursday, March 17, 2016
Entice Culinary Lounge is a new upscale bistro that opened earlier last month on Queen and Ossington. The bistro aims to offer "a glo...