Blue Nile’s vibrant orange dining room hums with energy as the aromas of meat and spices waft in from the kitchen. Patterned tablecloths, flowers, and colourful art decorate the walls, just as colourful spreads of lentils, split peas, and collard greens decorate plates. Using a pancake-like bread called injera, guests scoop up earthy bites of Ethiopia’s national dish—a type of stewed chicken called doro wat—or other flavourful foods. They can can pair the hearty food with sips of a traditional pot of coffee known as jebena buna or with fruit juices such as mango or guava.
Trocadero Restaurant links innovation to tradition by using classic Italian recipes executed with meticulous craft and making pastas from scratch. The latter, in such flavours as manicotti, lasagna, and gnocchi come bearing the Trocadero's house pomodoro sauce and tiny tidings of peace ($16 each). Other offerings from the dinner menu include the Pollo Tuscany, chicken-breast medallions served with havarti cheese, prosciutto, and baby spinach and drizzled with a creamy pesto sauce ($28). Open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday, the eatery serves lunch Wednesday through Friday, during which diners can sample a hearty midday menu. Three gourmet personal pizzas lead the lunch pack, including a cold-cut-covered version and a vegetarian variant ($13). The restaurant's warm, familial interior boasts quaint plaid tablecloths, cozy lace-curtain booths, and a complimentary cheek-pinching great aunt upon request.
The London Tap House's full kitchen serves dinner on its pub level seven days a week, extending its exciting bar experience until 2 a.m. each night. A snack-and-meal riddled menu urges wallflower appetites to tango with buttermilk-chicken salad steeped in egg, avocado, and chicken strips ($9–$12). The blue-cheese banquet burger strides hunger laps of all lengths ($12), and goat cheese and shrimp stay snug inside handmade ravioli ($15).
Rolly Rocket's BBQ serves southern BBQ straight from their wood smoker in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere. The menu of 24-hour rub-marinated and wood-smoked delights includes slow smoked chicken wings, piles of succulent pulled pork, a variety of racktastic ribs, smoked chicken, as well as homemade deserts. These large portioned plates are often paired with a house recipe BBQ sauce to seal the flavour deal and give diners an excuse to finger paint the walls with their resulting saucy phalanges. Lunch options include corn dogs and sandwiches stuffed with pulled chicken, pulled pork, and non-pulled beef brisket. Spiced specialties can be washed down with a selection of beers and other libations. To up the entertainment ante, Rolly Rocket's has recently installed multiple 50' inch TVs and acquired a premium sports package to make sure no rib nibblers miss a single game. Additionally, nightly events, including live music, make for melodious memories.