A good restaurant isn't just the perfect place to practice close-up magic on unsuspecting patrons—it's also a great spot to meet friends and share Burton Gilliam gossip. Start your tongue wagging with today's Groupon to Mildred's Temple Kitchen. Choose between the following options:
- For $60, you get a four-course dinner for two (a $120 value). Each option has a separate set menu; this option's menu, called the Table for Two, includes an oven-roasted chicken breast entree, among other courses. Click here for a full overview of the courses.
- For $130, you get a four-course dinner for four (a $275 value). Each option has a separate set menu; this option's menu, called the Feast for Four, includes grilled loin steak and pan-roasted salmon, among other courses. Click here for an overview of the courses.
With a focus on seasonal local ingredients, Mildred's Temple Kitchen alters its menus according to what's freshest and the whims of its chef. The Table for Two menu ignites appetites with Italian bread soup, then plates shareable gnocchi poutine and shrimp and crab cakes awakened from a midday siesta by spicy coconut sauce. The main course ushers in an oven-roasted chicken breast resting between sweet tomato relish, garlic potatoes, and fresh seasonal greens or a side salad; an Italian affogato pairs Lindt milk-chocolate ice cream with hot espresso and biscotti for dessert. The Feast for Four menu adds a caesar salad bowl to the second course, and the main course features grilled strip loin steak drizzled with balsamic vinegar glaze and topped with caramelized onions, as well as organic pan-roasted Irish salmon wrested from a Gaelic grizzly. Sides are served family style, including bowls of hot buttered beans and garlic mashed potatoes. A tasting platter of homemade desserts and fair-trade coffee or tea concludes the evening in perfect form, like a midnight howl from a tuxedo-clad werewolf.
Though not included in today's deals, Mildred's can assemble a wine flight ($27/ person) or beer flight ($20/ person) exclusively for Groupon buyers. Four carefully chosen quaffs accompany each meal, stimulating conversation about the food or Mildred's open kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows, modern lines, and industrial-chic exposed floors and ceiling.
Mildred's Temple Kitchen
Though Mrs. Biederhof, Monty, and Veda play central roles in the world of Mildred Pierce, in Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, they’re covered in sauce and served on shared plates. Restaurateurs Donna Dooher and Kevin Gallagher discovered their mutual love for the classic novel and film when working in an upscale restaurant in Ottawa. Their shared passion for local, approachable cuisine led them to open their warehouse-district eatery in 1989, though they eventually settled in Liberty Village, where they continue to serve their character-inspired dishes with the aid of a diverse team of chefs.
Their chefs draw from a range of culinary backgrounds to reinvent classic dishes with global twists, such as gnocchi poutine, Sri Lankan–style shrimp and crab cakes, and chicken biryani. Though many of their menu items change seasonally, some have been menu mainstays since the beginning, including burgers hand-ground in house, profiteroles infused with Lindt chocolate, and pancakes hand-raised on a farm. To ensure each dish lives up to its potential, staff members seek out the freshest potatoes, asparagus, strawberries, and other produce on twice-weekly visits to the Ontario Food Market and use only Ocean Wise–certified fish.
Servers ferry dishes to small tables and a large, communal harvest table in the contemporary dining space, where hardwood floors contribute a rustic aesthetic and railroad-side windows spill in natural light while keeping out engine noises and railway bandits. A slightly raised, open kitchen lets diners watch their chefs prepare the meal, and an outdoor patio lets them bask in warmer weather.
85 Hanna Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M6K 3S3