The Huntsman

A few weeks ago, when it was actually warm and felt like summer, we had brunch on the patio of The Huntsman.

This was our second attempt to go to The Huntsman. Our first attempt was denied because the kitchen was being worked on during brunch hours. WHAT. Both us and the staff agreed this was terrible timing. We didn’t let this get us down, we just went the next weekend.

The inside of the restaurat has the British-pub vibe to it: navy subway tiles, leather booths and chairs, dark wood and of course, pictures of Winston Churchill decorating the walls. We were seated on the cozy patio – off facing a side street but with access to watch the hustle and bustle of College. It is a great little patio and would be a great spot to waste away summer nights with beers and good friends.

I ordered the Fried Chicken and Waffles.

IMG_0900 IMG_0901The Fried Chicken and Waffles with whipped butter and maple syrup.

I was debating between the Gather and this. I asked our server which one she preferred and she said that I should get the waffles; she said that they do something special with them. If doing something special refers to burning my chicken into an unfortunate crisp then I’m not interested. This was obviously burnt. The skin was dried out, too crunchy and bitter tasting. The chicken was not as juicy as it should be. Ever since I have had friend chicken and waffles at SCHOOL as boneless chicken, I can’t go back to bone-in. It is too much effort to enjoy the combination of the chicken and the waffles. Brunch is for lazy times, not picking meat off of bones.

Once you got through the chicken, the waffle underneath were perfection. They were buttery, fluffy, and light. The whipped buttery was creamy and rich, it spread smoothly across the waffles. My only complaint: I was not given side syrup. Do not suppose how much maple syrup I need with my breakfast because the answer is always more.

I should have stuck with my original though and got The Gather. Oh well. Next time.

GC ordered The Hunter.

IMG_0899The Hunter with house made corned beef, baked beans, cheddar, 2 poached eggs and Hollandaise.

Although my food was a miss, GC’s was a hit. At least one person’s breakfast worked out.

I loved the patio and the ambiance of the restaurant and based on GC’s food, the menu has promise. It may be worth a second look.

Happy munching!

Aunties & Uncles

We all have those restaurants that we pass on a daily or weekly basis that look interesting and cause us to think, “I really should try that place.” My place like that was Aunties & Uncles.

Aunties & Uncles is around the corner from GC’s work so I have been seeing it regularly for the past 6 years. Every time I pass it, whether it be morning or afternoon, during the week or a weekend, it is packed. Finally, after 6 years, we decided to see what all the fuss was about. The first time we tried to go, we arrived about half an hour after it opened and the place was packed with a lineup about 6 people deep. We decided to move along. Our second attempt was a success. We arrived right as the restaurant opened and were immediately seat.

IMG_1025This restaurant is kistchy and cute. It has an assortment retro kitchenware, memorabilia and vintage furniture. It is cozy, nostalgic and comfortable. This comfort translates into the food and makes for food that warms your belly and your soul.

GC ordered the Breakfast Pocket.

IMG_1026 IMG_1027The Breakfast Pocket with scrambled eggs, peameal bacon, cheddar, tomato and caramelized onions with dijon and aioli on a foccacia.

I ordered the Breakfast Tacos.

IMG_1028 IMG_1029The Breakfast Tacos with scrambled eggs, pinto beans, cheddar, house-made chorizo sausage and cilantro sour cream on soft corn tortillas.

Tacos should be eaten at every meal of the day. This is the best breakfast taco I have had. It perfectly combines breakfast items with taco awesomeness. The eggs and cheddar are breakfast items that meld wonderfully with all the Mexican-taco goodness. My favourite part was how the cilantro was incorporated into the sour cream. It makes for a creamy, citrus sauce. I would drizzle, dip and coat everything in this sauce. These are delicious and I want to eat them again and again.

We both loved this restaurant. It is simple, cozy and has delicious food – the great way to spend a weekend morning. After our brunch we headed over to the Evergreen Brick Works for the Junction Flea, the farmer’s market and a walk.

IMG_1032 IMG_1035Happy munching!

 

Happy Birthday GC!!!!

Happy, happy birthday to my best friend in the world, GC! Ok, so his birthday was July 3rd and that is when we did celebrate, I am just slightly delayed on the internet celebrations.

My struggle with birthday dinners as someone who loves food is picking a place out of the ordinary, but still with the food and style that I like and with a price tag that shows whoever I am taking out that I love them. Yes, money buys love especially when it is buying fancy food. This year’s restaurant that satisfied all of these requirements: Farmer’s Daughter.

Farmer’s Daughter is latest addition to the Farmhouse Tavern family. As the name suggests, it is more modern, focusing on seafood and is less Ontario-centric. The menus are still seasonal and fresh, but not geographically limited. I absolutely love Farmhouse Tavern (I credit it to having my favourite brunch in the city) so I was eager to try it and so was GC!

We were first seated on the patio but as this summer has been unseasonably cold we moved inside to stay nice and toasty as we enjoyed our meal. The inside is sleek, modern and very simple. My favourite touches: the neon “Fried Shrimp & Friendship” sign, the various food related books on each table and the white board-style bar menu.

Throughout the course of our meal, we each tried two cocktails. I ordered the Tell Tale Heart and the Bruce Banner. GC ordered the Old Cuban and the Summer Sangria.

CocktailsTop left, clockwise: the Tell Tale Heart, the Old Cuban, the Summer Sangria and the Bruce Banner.

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