Has anyone been yet?
I've been hearing good things about their meatballs and sticky toffee pudding. Albeit it's all from them personally (twitter) but hey, it's got me curious enough. Going to stop in this weekend and check it out.
I know that a few chefs in the area - Hammersmiths in particular - have been using them as a supplier so that's a good sign.
I have a good feeling about this place.
foodyDudey, care to chime in :)
I've been, actually just ate some lamb shanks we bought from there, which were great. The meat is spendy but very, very good - I was sorely tempted by rib steaks that looked like Wagyu, they were so marbled, and will probably get those soon. They also had some great-looking duck breasts, chicken both uncooked and smoked, and yeah...just a small but nicely curated meat counter for those who want local/grass-fed/designer meat and are willing to pay for it.
They have tons of pickles and preserves, we bought some "Brampton Pickle" which is just their version of Branston pickle without the artificial colour and is very delicious. Also, they have a little fish counter specializing in Ontario lakefish, not sure how often I would hit that given my proximity to Hooked, but if I lived closer to SP I'd probably get it fairly often. The sausages looked very nice but were all porky, a no-go in our house, and frankly given their name I expected more varieties than the two they had. George's aka Meating on Queen has waaayyyy more sausage selection.
The sticky toffee pudding looked amazing but yeah I'm trying to be less fat. The freezer in general seemed to hold lots of nice things, including the aforementioned meatballs. Oh and they have some fresh local veg on a centre island, bought a great value $3 bag of wild mushrooms which I promptly turned into a pasta. Plus they had JP Challet breads but I didn't sample them.
Great store, very cheffy and of-the-moment. They're kind of in the middle zone between prime Leslieville and the Beaches, so I think they'll need to get people going slightly out of their way to be a real success. But people should. Plan is to head to SP tomorrow after work, got some people coming over for dinner and I haven't planned anything, but I know I'll find tons of good things there.
Thank you childofthestorm for the informative post. I am eager to check it out.
I am surprised about the name also. I was figuring it was going to be pretty much just sausages - anyways glad that it's much more. I mean how many sausages can a girl eat - even Milly!!
The pudding doesn't appeal to me but who knows once I get in there.
I've heard very good things about George's sausages but have never stopped in. I must do that as well. Any in particular you recommend?
I peeked in the window last night on my way home and I'm DEFINITELY going to stop in this weekend to pick up some goodies to test out - sticky toffee pudding, sausages, pickles - I could go on. This is the closest shop of its kind near my new home and I'm very excited about it finally opening. I will report back with my reviews.
was in today, beautiful products. They had very nice looking goat meat, beautiful duck, grass fed beef. I got some fresh pork - , I thought the price was very fair for the quality (only around $8 for 1.25 lbs) berkshire-tamworth cross tenderloin. ALthough I bought ONE sweet potato which was $4, thought that was incredibly steep!
I've been in a couple of times now. I am a BIG fan of their sticky toffee pudding (which is probably not good..). Last week I got duck eggs and bacon rashers which were both excellent. Service is great and they are very enthusiastic about their product.
Managed to go last weekend - had some awesome sausages (the bacon breakfast links were a standout) and the sticky toffee pudding is awesome too! The only minor downside is that we chomped down on two date pits and almost lost a couple of teeth. It was worth it though.
There wasn't much to chime in about. I went twice when they first opened. The breakfast sausage was good, but there is very little selection of sausages and too far to drive.
Meating at Queen and Jones is closer and has a much bigger selection of sausages.
Has anyone been recently ?