In the heart of Bloor West Village at Jane Street sits Chef Brad Long’s new restaurant concept. My Place: A Canadian pub is 18 000 square feet with a capacity for over 700, four floors and a huge roof top patio. The menu is dedicated to serving fresh local fare celebrating our Canadian heritage in a more refined pub setting. I was pleased by most of the food we ate. The food could have been presented better with flourishes of colour For example, the parsnip and apple soup was served in a white bowl and just looked gray so I didn’t even take a picture as it would have looked far too depressing.
The space is truly massive and has lost a traditional pubs warm and homey feeling. Albeit there are several different floors so it depends on where you chose to sit as your experience will differ drastically…in the evening they open up one of the floors which has a more traditional bar vibe. We chose to sit in a booth overlooking the main bar which was decorated with Canadian antiques and old pictures of Toronto.
We each ordered a different Canadian beer on tap and sampled the following:
Parsnip and apple soup
Poutine: hand cut fries, fresh curd and roasted chicken pan drippings
Pierogies stuffed with caramelized onions and yukon golds under melted cheddar and sour cream.
Romaine Garlic Bomb with roasted garlic croutons, whole braised cloves of garlic and warm brown buttered garlic vinaigrette.
Honey drizzled buttermilk breaded chicken with sweet and sour red onions and avocado on pain au lait biscuit.
Shredded Berkshire pork shoulder and mustard greens melt wtih Jenson’s fresh cheese, herbed sour cream and chive chopped tomato
Chili maple BBQ Bison ribs with baked beans
#80 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010.