Toronto's New Pantry
The Pantry just opened on College St West near Dovercourt and it's the perfect place to pick up some slow cooked food for diner. As far as I can figure it's like your extended kitchen, they spend all day making great healthy home cooked food and you don't have to go to Whole Foods to get decent take out. Plus it's nice to support some local folks.
The other night we had the short rib in Tunisian spiced and it was pretty much heaven. Each bit melted in your mouth and the subtle north African spices were a nice change from the standard stew.
I have to say there was a bit of sticker shock when we got the bill, (2 4oz pieces ran about $14) but when we were enjoying them in the garden as the sun set with a delicious cab from the newly opened Southbrook Winery in Niagara we were the thriftiest of eaters at the most exclusive table in town.
They also have excellent espresso's and the like.
Here is an article from Toronto Live recently.
Please let me know what you think, bt
My friend went last week... same comment as you food was good but WAY too expensive... I like Frances Fine food on Wellesley & Bay you get a full meal... protein, starch & veg pre cooked for about $14. She does 4 entrees a month but they are restaurant style meals... Pistachi crusted Pork tenderloin with asparagus and wild rice... or shrimp with linguini in a pesto sauce.. good protions, quick and easy...
I visited the place for a last minute friday night meal. As much I support slow food and its aspirations, I will not be returning to Pantry anytime soon.
The only lady there tonight was not very helpful to me.
"what are your entree specials tonight?"
"O well, they are here", she pointed at the array of bowls and plates that I have been staring at. Not very helpful.
The grand total of $25 composed of:
texas caviar (a best seller), some mashed taters, and a breaded chicken main. The potatoes are tasteless, and the chicken is very bland and dry. The texas caviar ( a dip with corn, beans, onions, fresh herbs) was the only passable dish. delicious actually. But at almost $3.00 for 100 gram, it's a bit steep.
I really love the interior, the decor, and all the specialty (upon glance) groceries on display.
We will give it another try, but, the first experience was unsatisfactory.
Tonight I stopped by The Pantry on my way home from work, tired and cranky. I picked up some mashed sweet potatoes with caramelized onion, a subtle asian bean salad, a sweet potato and shiitake mushroom bake, as well as a sundried tomato and mushroom risotto ball, rolled in spiced breadcrumbs and fried.
Best $12.46 I ever spent.