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Roast beef, yorkshire puddings

ascendance Mar 21, 2009 08:24 AM

Where do people suggest for a nice, traditional British Sunday pub lunch? You know, roast beef, mashed potatoes, yorkshire pudding, peas, and so forth?

Or is this something I am just going to have to make on a Sunday morning?

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  1. dxs RE: ascendance Mar 21, 2009 02:17 PM

    House on Parliament does a Sunday dinner (after 5pm). Prime rib, mash, yorkshire pudding (recently featured in Now mag if you want to look it up). Haven't had it myself but they do a decent burger (which I find is a good test of a kitchen) and it's definitely a pub. So if you don't mind a late lunch this might be something to try. It's a busy place though and service can be less than exemplary...

    House On Parliament
    454 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A3A2, CA

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      Googs RE: dxs Mar 22, 2009 07:28 AM

      Less than exemplary... Service can be downright hostile towards anyone who isn't a regular. I would never recommend House On Parliament. They don't seem to understand that comfort food should come with comfort service.

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        Wahooty RE: Googs Mar 22, 2009 08:30 AM

        With all due respect, Googs, I have to say that this hasn't been my experience at HoP. I'm far from a regular (only been a couple of times), but have never encountered anything resembling hostility. Have I just gotten lucky? I'm genuinely curious.

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          abigllama RE: Wahooty Mar 22, 2009 11:10 AM

          I've been to HoP probably a half dozen times on the last few years, enough to get a good idea of what the service is like, but far from a regular. Never had any hostile service, in fact it's usually been pretty good. It's almost always busy there so service has seemed overloaded and stressed a couple of times but always got the job done. The roast beef dinner there is a great deal and one of the best I've had in the city.

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            Googs RE: Wahooty Mar 22, 2009 03:29 PM

            I came here to say my piece, not to bash HoP. It's happened to me too consistently and recently to recommend them. I will not give them my money. I doubt they'll miss it.

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            vorpal RE: Googs Feb 25, 2010 10:26 PM

            Maybe I've just been lucky, but I've only been seven times, and service was always decent, if not good.

            The roast beef dinner was a bit underwhelming... the meat was frightfully overcooked: everyone in my group ordered rare to medium and we all received at least medium well, tough cuts of beef.

            The bread pudding is always great, and the burgers are good. I usually don't care much for fries and don't do much more than nibble on a couple, but at HoP, I clean the plate.

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            Japhet RE: dxs Mar 30, 2009 12:21 PM

            I second the House. Excellent value and the service is alright.

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            Apple RE: ascendance Mar 21, 2009 02:17 PM

            I can't vouch for it as I have never had it - but Mill Street Brewery Pub in the Distillery has a Sunday "dinner" special


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              embee RE: Apple Mar 22, 2009 01:25 PM

              Had it once. Prime rib was disgusting - absolutely inedible. I wouldn't be brave enough to try it again.

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                ascendance RE: embee Mar 22, 2009 02:32 PM

                Too much fat, or too dry? These are the most common problems with a bad roast.

                It's a shame Ed's warehouse no longer is. While it wasn't the best, it was always reliable, especially before a show.

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                  embee RE: ascendance Mar 22, 2009 03:26 PM

                  Poor quality meat, unseasoned, and cooked far beyond "well done" (ordered med- rare), dry, tough, and tasted like the proverbial cardboard.

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              geoprincess RE: ascendance Mar 21, 2009 03:21 PM

              Try Feathers on Kingston Rd -- it's yummy!

              1. Squeakycheese RE: ascendance Mar 21, 2009 04:26 PM

                Anyone know where you can get a roast beef & yorkie pud lunch, i.e. between noon and 2 pm? thanks!

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                  millygirl RE: Squeakycheese Mar 22, 2009 06:17 AM

                  To the original poster, I believe Murphy's Law on Qeen in the Beach does a roast beef dinner but I've never been.

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                    JamieK RE: millygirl Mar 22, 2009 07:04 AM

                    yes, that's right. It's their Sunday special - prime rib roast with yorkshire pudding, veggies, etc. Haven't had it either but I've had apps and snacks there that were decent.

                    Murphy's Law
                    1702 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

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                      Squeakycheese RE: JamieK Mar 22, 2009 04:47 PM

                      Murphy's Law features traditional Irish cuisine and pub fare, using only the freshest and finest ingredients.

                      LOL,read the menu

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                        JamieK RE: Squeakycheese Mar 22, 2009 05:43 PM

                        yes, I read the menu. The last time I was there, a group of us had a bunch of different apps to go down with our beer, I think we had sweet potato fries with some kind of mayo dip, also an assortment of dips including hummus, and the nachos. All were good enough for a get-together with a bunch of friends. Didn't notice the fresh/finest issue as chickpeas I'm sure come from a can, sweet potatoes hopefully come fresh from the grocery storey and nachos from wherever.

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                      embee RE: millygirl Mar 22, 2009 01:27 PM

                      Murphy's Law and Mill St Pub are operated by the same company.

                  2. ChalkBoy RE: ascendance Mar 22, 2009 07:01 AM

                    The House on Parliament is a great deal — dessert, too! — but since they don't take reservations, the place is quite small (40 seats?), they only serve it after 5 pm and IIRC they only make three roasts, it quickly sells out. And you need to show up just past brunch (2:30-ish) to get a table so you can order it. Show up at 5 and you won't get in. Show up at 7 and they'll be sold out. Think of it as an afternoon of pints in a pub followed by an early $15 dinner.

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                      ascendance RE: ChalkBoy Mar 22, 2009 02:30 PM

                      I've had a great meal at House on Parliament, but the crowding issues, and the fact my friends don't live within walking distance, mean I don't go down there anymore. It's a pity, because I know their food is excellent.

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                        Wahooty RE: ChalkBoy Mar 22, 2009 02:46 PM

                        Ah...supper as competitive sport. That's a lot of strategy for a Sunday afternoon. :)

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                          JamieK RE: Wahooty Mar 22, 2009 03:34 PM

                          so true! lol, hope ascendance lets us know where she/he ended up for Sunday dinner!

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                          hungryabbey RE: ChalkBoy Mar 22, 2009 04:52 PM

                          yes.. HOP used to be okay if you got there at 5.. but they got featured in NOW mag recently and now its a 40 minute wait even if you get there at 5 on the button. Terrible.

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                            Food Tourist RE: ChalkBoy Feb 25, 2010 06:27 PM

                            Darn! I was really hoping to take my parents to HOP for Sunday roast but they will NOT be happy with no reservations and waiting in line (and they are not the type to drink the afternoon away waiting around to eat).

                            How's Cowbell's Sunday roast dinner?

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                              Food Tourist RE: Food Tourist Mar 17, 2010 09:32 PM

                              Cowbell's Sunday roast is not "traditional". No yorkshire pudding (shame because there is a gallon of jus to soak up), no peas, and potato is not mashed, if you care about that stuff. Aged beef arrives well-done but tender enough. Weird waffle dessert (2 quarters of waffle with applesauce and sabayon cream). Choice of soup or salad for starter. 3 courses for $25. On the bright side, you can easily score a reservation since the restaurant is mostly empty.

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                            beach_cook RE: ascendance Mar 23, 2009 02:54 PM

                            The Beacon at the Best Western, Jordan Harbour, just off the QEW is our go-to for a roast prime rib special w seasonal veg & choice of starch. Yorkshire pud is extra (my friend & I share one as it's very large). Had it Saturday afternoon, excellent as usual, veg were broccoli & babycut carrots, perhaps unimaginative but crisply cooked, roast potatoes correctly cooked halved in the skins, slightly thickened jus. They serve real (sinus-clearing) horseradish. Lovely view of mergansers in the marina & Toronto across the lake. Can't confirm what time they start serving - earliest we've had it was 4.30, on the way back from a day in Niagara.

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                              donlee1 RE: beach_cook Mar 30, 2009 09:22 AM

                              Try The Roy on Queen Street just at Logan! Yummy Sunday dinner Roast beef and yorkshire!

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                              lamaranthe RE: ascendance Mar 30, 2009 11:08 AM

                              Now, don't jump on me, please! But The Keg has good roast beef, cooked to order. I don't know about yorkshire pudding, though.
                              I went to Church Street Keg, 12 Church Street - Why not call them ans ask?
                              (416) 367-0685

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                                sbug206 RE: lamaranthe Mar 30, 2009 02:33 PM

                                Keg has Prime Rib. Not quite the same as roast beef.

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                                GTAMOM2 RE: ascendance Mar 18, 2010 10:23 AM

                                The Elephant & Castle has good roast beef and yorkshire pudding

                                Elephant & Castle
                                212 King St W, Toronto, ON M5H1K5, CA

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                                  elvisahmed RE: GTAMOM2 Sep 9, 2010 06:06 PM

                                  Jeez I dunno. I ordered it when I went to watch UFC there and guess what I had to make a sandwich when I got back home as I could only eat half of it.

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                                    hungryabbey RE: elvisahmed Sep 9, 2010 06:34 PM

                                    Really? was that because it was bad or because of the portion. The two times Ive been dragged to E & C, I found the portions really small for the price compared to most pubs.

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                                      elvisahmed RE: hungryabbey Sep 9, 2010 07:13 PM

                                      It was just plain Bland. Yeah I agree the portion is small for main at pub.

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                                  ziggystardust RE: ascendance Mar 18, 2010 07:33 PM

                                  I don't know if it's a regular Sunday fixture but I've had it at Pauper's on Bloor (near Brunswick) it was quite good and quite resonable, I think about $11 for roast beef, Yorkshire pudding , potatoes, gravy and veg.

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                                    raebmv RE: ascendance Sep 9, 2010 02:23 PM

                                    It seems The Blake House on Jarvis is going to be offering up Prime Rib and Yorkshire pudding on Sundays ($17). Would love to hear anyone's thoughts if they get a chance to go.


                                    The Blake House
                                    449 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

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                                      KitchenVoodoo RE: raebmv Sep 10, 2010 04:14 PM

                                      I think I saw a poster at Joy Bistro (Queen East near Logan) advertising a Sunday roast beef dinner with yorkshire pudding. Their website doesn't mention it so it would be wise to call. Also, buyer beware - I am really not a fan of the place because one minute I hear it's excellent, then the chef changes and it's terrible. Perhaps other Hounders may have sampled the roast beef and can be more helpful.

                                      Joy Bistro
                                      884 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1J3, CA

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