Last night I finally had a chance to dine at Bannock the new restaurant concept by our good friends at Oliver & Bonacini. The restaurant is located on Queen at Bay in a corner of the Hudson Bay Company and showcases the best of Canadian Comfort Food.
I had been hearing about the restaurant for ages now as my best friend Meaghan Lamb is dating the ever so talented Chef de Cuisine, Luke Kennedy. The anticipation of the restaurant open had welled up inside of me so was glad to have the chance to dine with her during the restaurants opening week. Funny thing, Meaghan met me just before 6pm on Monday night and informed me that it would be her 3rd meal here since the restaurant opened. Seeing as she was an expert on the menu’s offerings I popped out my pen and started marking up the menu with her.
Meaghan was such a darling and actually had reserved a few of the menu items which she knew I would love so that she could experience them with me for the first time. Not hard to pick them out, high carb and fromage dishes: Mac and Cheese and Poutine Pizza. It’s always nice to know your best friends know your predictable eating habits.
Our entire meal was fantastic. The service was great and the ambiance of the place had the perfect Hudson Bay heritage touch. Bannock will be my go to restaurant suggestion for any friends or family visiting from out of the country who really want to get a taste of traditional Canadian Cuisine. I will most certainly be heading back for more. Still a good deal of the menu to eat myself through. Until then, feast your eyes on…
Habitant Split Pea Soup with smoked ham hocks, maple vinegar
BBQ Chicken and Tortilla Soup
Split Pea Fritters with kozlik’s mustard mayo, rocket
Grilled Mac and Cheese with great canadian cheeses, crunchy flax granola topping
Roast Duck Poutine Pizza with curds, fries, duck
Warm S’Mores Pie
#218 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010.