Powered by the sustainable bounty of local producers, La Piola crafts seasonal menus of rustic Italian dishes brimming with freshness and authentic flavour. Current offerings are neatly printed on paper and colourfully scrawled on chalkboards for the convenience of diners and the withering penmanship critiques of schoolmarms. Galvanize the gastronomical gala with an antipasti plate presenting house-cured salamis, house-pickled veggies, cheese, and crostino ($12, add $5/person for multiplates). The stagionale pizza, meanwhile, lays free-range vegetables to sleep on pillows of steamy crust ($14). The kitchen makes its pastas on-site with eggs from chickens born, bred, and educated locally, and the restaurant's products are imported straight from Italy, providing the base for such dishes as the carbonara ($12) and puttanesca ($11). Drink options afford wines ($8+/glass) and local bottled beers ($4.95+) for toasting friends or roasting derelict crossing guards. Diners can enjoy all tastes on La Piola's outdoor brick patio.
Smith’s Pub staves off hunger pangs with a toothsome menu replete with inventive pub eats and a litany of libations, including 25 types of gin. Topped with butter chicken, the Bollywood chips ($11) shimmy up to tables in an ebullient yet tastefully choreographed dance, and market veggies trade 401k investment tips with delicate glass noodles in the longevity spring rolls ($8.50) before jumping into a pool of sweet spicy dip. Sink chompers into a Smith burger ($12) that swathes a house-made patty of free-range, hormone- and antibiotic-free Slater’s Meats beef in a cloak of grainy mustard mayo and high-definition caramelized onion. Landlubbing eaters sprout their sea legs with crispy coaching from beer-battered fish 'n' chips ($16), and tummies enjoy the Caledonian canoodles of a house-made Glasgow Kiss lamb burger ($14) that twitterpates mouths with sweet nothings supplemented by sundried apricots, crumbled feta, spicy pepper relish, and clover mayo.
Housed in an elegant, brightly lit space overlooking Thunderbird Park, Samuel's by the Park serves classic and contemporary cuisine prepared seven days a week by two chefs who make everything, including sauces and dressings, from scratch. Dinner offerings include Samuel's classic Caesar salad, accented with house-made herbed croutons, asiago cheese, and the restaurant's signature dressing ($7), and the popular chicken cordon bleu, a boneless chicken breast stuffed with ham and swiss and accompanied by bacon-cheddar mashed potatoes ($21). Samuel's salmon comes pan-seared and roasted with a maple-chili glaze, garnished with red onion-cranberry relish and served with jasmine rice ($22).
A&W Restaurant, one of the largest burger chains in Canada, has been trapping burgers between buns and filling cups with creamy root beer for generations of famished families. Choose from a brood of belly-busting burgers, such as the Papa Burger, leading the pack with two beef patties (a $4.92 value). The Baby Burger induces burger purists to shed a single tear upon seeing the simple beef patty on a bun salaciously adorned with nothing but A&W seasoning and a dollop of ketchup (a $1.89 value). The beefy Uncle Burger (a $5.70 value, $0.50 extra for cheese) bogarts all the mouth room, sprawling its sirloin patty and lettuce-tomato-onion suit all over tongue sofas. Round out a meaty meal with a medium order of crisp fries (a $2.79 value) and a medium soda (a $2.34 value).
Pablo's Dining Lounge serves classic French cuisine—made from sustainable regional ingredients—within the elegant, rustic confines of a late-1800s Heritage house. The spice-brandishing, knife-wielding chefs at Pablo's make all their products in-house from scratch, which means that no pre-packaged sauces, mixes, or leprechauns will make it onto the table. Luscious loaves are baked fresh daily and all vegetables are plucked from local farms each day by the foraging chef. Seafood dishes are fresh from the briny blue and all oysters are shucked to order, so patrons can expect a small wait on the priceless pearl producers. To pair with the fresh fare, Pablo's boasts an extensive wine list that can be enjoyed with dinner or perused while relaxing in the 16-seat lounge or at the quartz bar. Take a gander at the full menu for all the fresh and flavourful feastables.
The Reef's menus sparkle with the potential of brunch, lunch, and dinner plates inspired by the styles and tastes of the Caribbean. Midday mealtime selections showcase flavourful West Indian curries ($9–$10) paired with white rice, refreshing coleslaw, sweet mango chutney, and dahi, and served vegetarian or with a choice of chicken or goat. The calypso oxtail ($16) makes stomachs anti-grumble with a savoury bone-in beef stew, brewed and stocked with a hearty helping of potatoes and carrots over rice and peas. For dinner, the Kingston quesadilla ($12) envelops either jerk chicken or tofu, peppers, melty cheddar, and refried beans, and the coco prawns ($9) roll around in toasted coconut before putting on a cool minted avocado yogurt ski-bunny costume. Brunch items include plantain chips ($6), huevos rancheros ($10), and ackee and salt fish ($15), a Jamaican national dish of ackee fruit, cod, rice, peas, and coleslaw.