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Mar 22, 2011 06:26 AM

Bannock (An O&B restaurant)

Spotted this morning at Queen and Bay! Windows papered over with O&B symbols but with a large sign saying "bannock - canadian comfort food coming soon". So I guess another O&B location is coming downtown, taking over the former Timothy's World News Cafe.

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  1. i thought that part of the revamping of the bay was that they had signed on O&B to create restaurant(s) in their stores nationwide? i'm not sure where the timothy's is... but that intersection is appropriate.

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    1. re: pinstripeprincess

      It is the southeast corner of Queen/Bay, connected via HBC and also to the Simpson tower.

      1. re: pinstripeprincess

        Interested to see what goes in there and the hours...!

      2. Yeah, as pinstripeprincess posted, this was part of the announcement of 0 & B joining together with another company (I think Compass?) to do take over food service at various Bays across Canada. Looking forward to see what they come up with, definitely will be better than the Timothys!

        Interesting to hear the name they chose though, I didn't know this before.

        1. The name is ridiculous. I'm sure I'll get a good laugh out of my friends up North.

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          1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

            My thoughts exactly. Gotta love cultural appropriation. Pemmican hors d'oeuvres, anyone?

            1. re: sgogo

              There is actually a place just opened up that advertises pemmican, on the Toronto Life website. Chef is native bu I can't imagine the traditional preparation being used.

          2. There's info on the O&B website: New restaurant at Queen & Bay announced: 'Bannock'

            Related: O&B Announces Expansion Plans with The Bay

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            1. re: canmark

              Proper signage went up on the weekend. Walking by this morning, saw there were people inside, and some sitting outside on the little bit of patio... seems like it's open but I think it's just for media previews... says they are opening next week! (Will post in the openings thread once it's official!)

              1. re: bringonthelbs

                I have been passing by this place for weeks now, and curiosity has been peaked. Will have to go in and try the High River Pho.

                1. re: bringonthelbs

                  Has anyone been to eat there yet? The menu looks quite good - some appealing comfort dishes - if, and this is a big if they are executed well.

                  1. re: cubmike74

                    I went today. The tourtiere was quite good, will definitely order again. Also sampled the mac and cheese, which was nothing spectacular.Got a bannock appetizer which came with a smoked tomato jam that was quite nice.

                    Also, be warned that a number of things have changed on the menu. The Pho is not being served, and I believe the chowder has been removed as well. I can't recall if anything was added in their place.

                    1. re: JMFJ3

                      I went last night. The food was good (not great) the ambience great, service excellent.

                      Chicken Pot Pie: to rich for me, and I think I tasted truffle oil, which did not suit it (or at least should be mentioned in description).
                      Steak: My friend head steak, he seemed to like it, but not love it
                      Split Pea Fritters: saw them, wish I ordered them, they look like yummier falafel

                      Menu Changes: I asked why they changed the menu, particularily why the Pho was yanked. Apparently it was not up to the level they wanted it, but they are working on perfecting it and will add it back on as soon as they feel it worthy.

                      I would go back, but am not dying to go back. Will watch menu for the return of the Pho.