Against the Grain Urban Tavern

Against the Grain  647.344.1562     www.atgurbantavern.ca  open daily lunch & dinner

It’s beautiful here.  The sun is shining, the water moves like silk and the beach shines like diamonds.  The patio is everything you need to relax – a plethora of tables and comfy cushioned lounge chairs.  Greenery and large umbrellas shade patrons from the sun.  A cool breeze off the water is so refreshing, I can’t believe its late October and it’s warm sitting outside. With my dog basking under the sun in a cloudless sky I’m blissful.

A red sangria starts the afternoon made with red berries and perfectly cubed ice is both lively and fresh. The menu seems to be influenced by eastern European fare along with the standard bar grub.  Garliky black bean fried pork riblets ($11) served with Sriracha barbeque sauce could have used a tad more crunch, however, the shaved lemon added a nice touch.

Caprese flat bread ($14) is chewy, very chewy, topped with roma tomatoes, fior di latte, fresh basil, sea salt and aged balsamic reduction.  I’m thinking they may have let it sit under the heaters a bit too long.    Dark ale battered white Fish n’ chips ($16) sit alongside fresh cut fries, housemade ketchup, and a tangy tartar sauce.  The dish is traditional but the price tag seems a bit high – maybe I’m paying for the view? That said, I think the house made ketchup could use a bit more seasoning or spice.

The philosophy is to use local seasonally grown produce and Ontario farmers.  I love the weekly features: 50cent wings on Tuesdays, buck-a-shuck oysters on Fridays and $4 Caesars on Saturdays.

 I’m definitely coming back even though it sounds like I didn’t enjoy myself – but I did!  The view and the vibe make up for the higher than normal food prices.
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