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What You'll Get
Hunger, unlike ambulance sirens, meningitis, and restraining orders, is not something you can safely ignore. Answer the mighty call of a bellowing belly with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of food and drinks at eight 1/2 restaurant lounge.
Eight 1/2 turns its back on microwaves and deep-fryers to serve up fresh, locally sourced Pacific Rim fare. Dive forkfirst into dinner with a small plate such as the four-cheese macaroni ($7.50), bringing together mascarpone, brie, parmesan, and bocconcini—the John, Paul, George, and Norman of the dairy world. Turophiles can quench further cheese desires with a thin-crust pizza such as the marketplace ($10.50), boasting goat cheese and roasted vegetables atop a tomato and pesto base, while meat-mavens can peruse eight 1/2's array of large plates. The grass-fed steak ($18.50) pairs a 10 oz. free-range slab of beef with roasted-garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies, while the lemongrass mussels ($16.50) steams the bivalves in lemongrass, galangal, red chilies, fresh lime juice, and Thai basil. End dinner with banana bread pudding ($7.50), or fuel up for a night of street-corner breakdancing with a selection from eight 1/2's wine list or collection of cocktails and beer.
Nestled in a century-old building and adorned with century-old flat-screen TVs, eight 1/2's elegant interior wraps its guests in a cocoon of exposed brick walls, soft lighting, and wood beamwork. Lasso up fellow Fellini fanatics and discuss how Amarcord would've worked better as a buddy-cop comedy over fresh cuisine and flavourful cocktails at eight 1/2.
Eight 1/2 restaurant lounge received a review from the Globe and Mail as well as features on Noshwell and Follow Me Foodie. DineHere users give it a three-star average, and Yelpers give it a 3.5-star rating on average:
- The largely local menu offers fresh produce, Ocean Wise-designated seafood, free-range meats and a sheet of seasonal specials that changes monthly. You can really taste the love… – Alexandra Gill, Globe and Mail
- We shared the tuna tataki and it was perfectly cooked -- tender and pink on the outside and lightly seared the way it should be. The presentation was beautiful. – ES, DineHere
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 19, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 4 or more. Redeem starting 10/17. No cash value. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.