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Restaurants • Culinary Retail Farmers’ Markets • Food Festivals
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Restaurants • Culinary Retail • Farmers’ Markets • Food Festivals
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A Tourism London guide from the publishers of
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Contents A Diner’s Journal 4
London’s Culinary Culture Is Cooking with Local Flavour
Maps 12 City of London 14 Downtown London
Restaurants Setting The Table For Good Taste 18 David’s Bistro 59 20 Abruzzi Ristorante 60 22 Byron Freehouse 61 24 Blu Duby 62 26 Michael’s On The Thames 63 28 The River Room / Rhino Lounge 64 30 T.G.’s Addis Ababa Restaurant 65 32 The Church Key Bistro-Pub 66 34 Thaifoon 36 The Raja 38 Saffron’s at Fanshawe College 40 Che RestoBar 42 Blackfriars 46 Milos’ Craft Beer Emporium 47 Garlic’s of London 48 Chaucer’s Pub 49 Marienbad 50 Fellini Koolini’s / The Runt Club 51 Joe Kool’s 52 Katana Kafé & Grill 53 The Gourmet Deli 54 P Za Pie 55 Fire Roasted Café 56 Tiger Jack’s Bar & Grill 57 Shelly’s Tap & Grill 58 Jambalaya
Mykonos Aroma Restaurant & Café Tamarine by Quynh Nhi Porcino The Springs Restaurant Crossings Pub & Eatery Black Walnut Bakery Café Ta’ke Sushi
2014 Culinary Retail Shops, Suppliers, Sweets and Treats 70 The Pristine Olive Tasting Bar 72 Olive-Me & Co. 74 Habitual Chocolate Roastery 75 The Fire Roasted Coffee Co. 76 Kingfisher Coffee Co. 77 Jill’s Table
Farmer’s Markets Bringing Fresh Authentic Flavour To Your Table 80 Western Fair Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market 81 Masonville Farmers’ Market 83 Covent Garden Market 84 Covent Garden Farmers’ Market
Food Festivals 86 Celebrating Our Culinary Heritage
From Saffron’s at Fanshawe College: House-Smoked Bacon and Roasted Corn Chowder with lime and chili dusted “popcorn” & saffron corn coulis
A Diner’s Journal London’s Culinary Culture Is Cooking with Local Flavour In London, there are many up-and-coming chefs and culinary professionals who are embracing new and original versions of farm-to-table. They represent the vanguard of the modern Ontario culinary scene and have a reputation for ingenuity and creativity. They also possess exceptional, compelling culinary philosophies and are committed to fostering a cuttingedge culinary repertoire by sharing their knowledge with fellow professionals and patrons. We also have cooks, restaurateurs, publicans, retailers and connoisseurs who are not just advocating “eating and drinking local” and “eating seasonal,” they are enthusiastically and creatively promoting and developing new region-specific cuisines. They have a reputation for referencing both the local terroir and the quintessence of Ontario country tradition for inspiration. As for their cuisine, it’s made from scratch and it’s ground-breaking. They
are implementing time-honoured traditions and trusted techniques yet delivering ingredients in revolutionary ways while focusing on the local sourcing of ingredients, nutrition and environmental sustainability. Many of these trailblazers are profiled in this guide. While we celebrate local farmers, our true culinary stars are innovating in kitchens throughout the city, offering up some of Ontario’s finest food and pairing them with a rich variety of craft beer and local wine tasting experiences. The increase in London’s range and choices in culinary offerings reflects both our growing ethnic diversity and an increased demand driven by sophisticated consumers who are seeking bolder, more exotic and authentic tastes from a variety of cultures. Our various restaurants, new and old, distinguish themselves with both tradition and up-to-the-minute adaptations of our region’s characteristic flavours and ingredients.
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Restaurants Abruzzi Ristorante 1
Abruzzi is downtown London’s Italian-inspired restaurant, an up-to-date epicurean eatery serving both contemporary and traditional regional specialties. Chef Dave Lamer’s offerings are prepared with locally-sourced and high quality ethnic ingredients, executed with skill and an eye to detail. Abruzzi is polished but casual, with an elegant white marble bar just inside the front entrance. The simple, striking décor with bare brick walls and lots of mirrors, the innovative lighting, and the neighbourly atmosphere are all central to the Abruzzi experience. Chef Lamers takes the earthy Italian culinary vocabulary and imbues it with both his personal style and a culinary dialect that is responsive to the seasons. A superior wine list features plenty of exciting consignments. PAGE 20
Aroma Restaurant & Café 2
Felipe Gomes’ Aroma Restaurant & Café combine classic Mediterranean cuisine and old world ambiance with high technology. Aroma’s offerings include amenities and facilities for cooking classes, corporate team-building exercises, wine cellar and a private conference room for up to 30. An on-site bakery provides croissants, cakes & French pastries and Portuguese-style custard tarts, homage to Gomes’ heritage. Aroma’s open courtyard dining room features a three-storey vaulted 4 London’s Local Flavour
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119 King Street, London ON 519 675-9995 www.abruzzi.ca
ceiling, creating a spacious yet cozy piazza evoking the vibrancy associated with al fresco dining. The Parisian-style café is attached to the restaurant, which fronts on Piccadilly St. PAGE 60
Blackfriars Bistro & Catering 3
Blackfriars’ innovative chefs showcase their talents with daily blackboard specials, providing a creative and contemporary approach to your dining experience. Upbeat lunches and intimate dinners are presented by knowledgeable and friendly service staff. The creative seasonal menus are handwritten by restaurateur Betty Heydon, who has presided over this local culinary destination for 18 years. In addition to managing the hustle and bustle of their cozy bistro, Blackfriars is one of London’s premier caterers. Consignment wines and craft brewery beer enhance a full bar selection. Sunday Brunch is a must to highlight your weekend. PAGE 42
Blu Duby 4
Join Blu Duby for appetizers and wine, a quick bite, or an entire evening of remarkable service and relaxing atmosphere. Casual bistro-style selections and tantalizing vegetarian choices are on offer, as well as many classic comfort food favourites that have been updated and reimagined by Chef Dani Gruden-Murphy. The restaurant’s cooking repertoire evolves seasonally, and the presentation is stylish. The menu is an eclectic collection of Asian, Continental and Mediterranean influences and features items such as Asian Shrimp Spring Rolls, Squash Arancini, Grilled Lamb Lollipops as well as Roasted Rack of Lamb or Grilled Beef Tenderloin. With many gluten-free choices and vegetarian options to choose from, diners are certain to find something to enjoy. The restaurant features private dining areas and a super diverse wine list. PAGE 24
Black Walnut Bakery Café 5
Located in Wortley Village, Black Walnut Bakery Café is your home away from home for moments of calm and relaxation. Black Walnut started Kingfisher Coffee Co., roasting its own coffee to provide a high quality coffee experience. Their own unique Organic, Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance coffees are artisan roasted. Specially trained baristas handcraft superb espresso drinks with organic syrups, using top-of-line equipment. From the welcoming atmosphere and the rich aroma of fresh coffee, to the heavenly smell of pastries baking in their ovens, owners Wilson and Mandy Etheridge invite you to enjoy a true, European-style café experience. PAGE 65
C O RE L I C I O US ME NU
Apps Caesar Salad
Smoked bacon, shaved asiago, baguette crisp OR
Vegetarian Caesar Salad OR La Sopa Del Dia Daily soup inspiration, fresh ingredients OR
Pernod and fennel cream, julienne vegetables, pastry triangle OR
Byron Freehouse 6
Sundried Tomato, mesclun greens, wild mushroom & marsala sauce sauce
Owners Kathryn Banasik and Robbin Azzopardi and Chef Joshua Sawyer deliver a menu of comfort foods, specifically updated riffs on gourmet versions of classic quick-bistro fare. Offerings are made from scratch, in-house and by hand with lots of flair and attention to presentation. The main room is a dramatic example of the openness of contemporary restaurant scheme with a variety of comfortable seating options and bold and spirited infusion of colour in the design, wood accents and meticulously scripted quotes decorating the wall. The open kitchen appeals to the fascination with what goes on behind the scenes, it adds to the experiential feeling and social aspect. There is a choice large outdoor patio for al fresco dining. PAGE 22
Variety of seafood, soya ginger aioli, asian slaw
Chaucer’s Pub 7
Chaucer’s is a comfortable and cozy pub that pays homage to Olde England, known for a fine selection of single malt scotches and selection of beers. Chaucer’s stocks approximately 85 different brews from six continents at any given time, such as Stella, Leffe, Hoegaarden, Guinness and Pilsner Urquell. Chaucer’s takes considerable pride in their beer offerings, rotating in selections seasonally: heartier ales for the winter and clean crisp lagers for the warmer months. There are 14 beers on tap. In addition to their beer selection, Chaucer’s offers the menu from nextdoor Marienbad, and shares their creative wine list, with some VQA representation. PAGE 48
Che RestoBar 8
Marvin Rivas graciously welcomes discerning patrons to his Latin American-inspired restaurant on Dundas Street. This is Latin American cooking that personifies its origins but also highlights its potential. The menu has a distinct Peruvian flavour, influenced by Chef German Nunez’s heritage. The Tuna Ceviche continues to be one of the most outstanding appetizers in the city and the Yucca Poutine is to die for. Main courses include a delectable Chimichurri Rib Eye Steak. Rivas delivers the RestoBar experience with panache: luxe surroundings, welcoming ambience, Michael’s On the Thames great cuisine, interesting wines and exotic cocktails. PAGE 40 A DINER’S JOURNAL
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The Church Key Bistro-Pub 9
Vanessa and Pete Willis’ Church Key is a destination gastro-pub, whether you’re looking for an impressive selection of craft beers or a farm-to-table-inspired pub meal with flair. The Church Key resides in a prominent heritage building, across from the Grand Theatre on Richmond Row, with an intimate outdoor courtyard patio. Chef Michael Anglestad uses seasonal, locallysourced ingredients in the modern tradition of the gastro-pub by specializing in updated comfort foods prepared with innovation and finesse. Perfect for casual cocktails or dinner preand post-theatre, and they also serve a fabulous Sunday Brunch. PAGE 32
Crossings Pub & Eatery 10
Crossings Pub & Eatery is a place where good food and friends cross paths, as a pub should be, with a few welcome twists. Expect delicious interpretations of classic pub fare. Market fresh food is prepared to order, just how you like it, and the service is fast and friendly. The pub has an energetic vibe, with sports on multiple TVs, an extensive wine and whiskey selection, and 22 beers on tap. The garden patio features its own separate outdoor bar with an additional 12 draught beer lines and two big screen TVs, with live music Saturday nights. PAGE 64
David’s Bistro 11
David Chapman and Chef Elvis Drennan present classic regional French-inspired specialities and have developed a strong and rustic culinary signature. They are proponents of the philosophy that simplicity and purity are the hallmarks of good cooking. The eponymous David’s Bistro, with its tiny bar, vibrant red walls and black-checked tablecloths is a venerated downtown culinary landmark. David, his wife Cindy Kinsella, and David’s daughter Natalie are your hosts and are on hand to dispense knowledgeable, amiable and skilled service. There is an extensive and everchanging consignment wine selection and accessibly priced wine list, many available by the glass, as well as chalkboard features that include some interesting VQAs. PAGE 18
Fellini Koolini’s Italian Cuisini / The Runt Club 12
Fellini Koolini’s Italian Cuisini, and its sibling restaurant, The Runt Club, operate twin patios on a charming side street just off Richmond Row. Fellini Koolini’s is über-restaurateur Mike Smith’s tongue-in-cheek homage to the surreal Italian director. Terracotta pots filled with bread sticks lend a touch of Italian kitsch. Menu favourites include a seemingly endless selection of highbrow/ lowbrow creations: pastas, thin-crust pizza, steamed mussels, calamari, steaks, etc. Next door is a larger patio at The Runt Club, a typical pub, but offering Fellini’s menu. The terrace has sleek contemporary stainless chairs and tables and plenty of shade from mature trees. PAGE 50
Fire Roasted Café 13 14 15
Roastings, Tastings, Retail, Wholesale, by the cup, by the bag ... The Fire Roasted Cafés are the place for lovers of the bean! The Fire Roasted Cafés offer simple honest fare: the freshest coffee, baked goods and pastries, artisanal chocolate, salads, sandwiches, and late night charcuterie plates — and a great local beer and wine list at the downtown location. This is the place for serious coffee drinkers and chocolate lovers! There are two cafés at the Western Fair Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market location as well as their flagship cafés across from the Covent Garden Market at King and Talbot Streets, and a new location in Wortley Village. Each café has its own hybrid niche. PAGE 55
Garlic’s of London 16
Edo Pehilj’s Garlic’s could be the prototype for the modern farm-to-table restaurant. Garlic’s is influenced by a strong commitment to advancing the economic, ecological and social values of our local culinary and agricultural communities .It celebrates seasonality and the uniqueness and idiosyncratic characteristics of the terroir. The cooking of Chef Chad Stewart has a contemporary edge, reliable, earthy, and with stimulation from locally sourced ingredients and seasonal products. The restaurant features a roof-top apiary in order to harvest their own honey. Everything is prepared in-house from scratch, from handmade pastas and slowly simmered stock reductions to freshly baked breads and desserts. The menu changes monthly, combining the seasonal harvests of the London area with sustainable, organic Ontario and Canadian products. PAGE 47
The Gourmet Deli & Catering Co. 17
The Gourmet Deli has carved out a creative, charming and flavourful niche in Downtown London. The Gourmet Deli founded in September 2011, is a culmination of 30 years of ideas and experience. This is a combination traditional New York-style bagel shop, deli and caterer. From specialty coffees, smoothies, Italian sodas and desserts to grab and go, and a new Fine Foods retail section, you’ll find a diversity of offerings. The pledge: the best quality products available — no preservatives, no processed foods — at a fair price. PAGE 53 6 London’s Local Flavour
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Jambalaya — a traditional Cajun blend of deliciously spiced meat, rice and vegetables — is the perfect name for Chef Kevin Greaves’ Thai, Caribbean and Creole contribution to London’s multicultural culinary scene. Chef also pays homage to his native Guyanese cuisine. Laidback comfortable surroundings, upbeat music, slate-tile floors, exposed brick, a fireplace, and walls adorned with splashes of colour and vibrant prints. The intimate restaurant has patio tables for al fresco dining. PAGE 58
Joe Kool’s 19
“Where Quality Is Only a Slogan.” Known for its sardonic sense of humour, nachos, kitchen sink pizza and the signature chicken wings, the menu also offers a great selection of sandwiches, burgers and Tex-Mex. All are served in jumbo portions. Kool’s is a sports lover’s mecca. If you want to watch it, they can probably get it! Sports pools, golf tournaments, Sunday Football, endless give-aways, and major celebrations such as Turkey Bowl, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween and New Year’s ... Kool’s seems to do it all! “We were the first, and we’re still the worst. There are imitators and impostors but London, Ontario is home to the original Joe Kool’s.” PAGE 51
Katana Kafé & Grill 20
Chef Jason Smith guides his stellar culinary team behind a glass partition, and the cuisine receives raves. Katana Kafé offers a modern take on the bistro theme. The restaurant overlooks the main runway of the London International Airport and uniquely combines the romance of aviation with fabulous food. The restaurant is a lunch-time favourite for the East London business crowd, who appreciate the professional and attentive staff. Enjoy a seasonal menu with interesting interpretations of seafood, game and steaks, and all desserts and ice cream are made in house. A largely private import wine list and outdoor patio add to the total experience. PAGE 52
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Marienbad Restaurant 21
Jerry Pribil’s Marienbad Restaurant and Chaucer’s Pub share a sidewalk patio that exudes Old World charm. A smart black iron fence, pretty flower boxes, and lots of comfortable tables with festive umbrellas add a touch of drama against the ochre brick walls. Marienbad, located in one of London’s oldest heritage buildings, brings a sophisticated European flair to downtown dining. Offering casual fine dining with dishes from eastern and central Europe, Marienbad’s signature dishes include a variety of schnitzels, goulash and an exceptional steak tartare, and there is a superior beer selection. PAGE 49
Michael’s On The Thames 22
Michael’s specialty is exceptional continental cuisine ... with a twist. Here you can experience a great restaurant tradition — tableside cooking. Michael’s renowned Caesar Salad, Steak Diane, Chateaubriand, fabulous flambéed desserts like Cherries Jubilee, even flaming coffees! Michael’s appetizers range from a classic French Onion Soup to Escargots to an extraordinary Coquille St. Jacques. Drawing from local, seasonal ingredients to create signature main dishes, Executive Chef Denis Clavette and his team have a contemporary take on international classics. Have a superb meal in the relaxing atmosphere of a stone fireplace, a view overlooking the Thames River and the elegance of a grand piano. Owner Brian Stewart and his dedicated staff have made Michael’s On The Thames “London’s Celebration Destination” for 31 years. PAGE 26
Milos’ Craft Beer Emporium 23
This is London’s premier craft beer destination, owned and operated by renowned publican Milos Kral. Milos’ serves 2 cask ales and 23 micro taps with excellent style variation. An impressive, ever-changing lineup of Ontario craft beers is on offer, with a few Quebec selections and some well-picked imports. Chef Matt Reijnen prepares seasonal menus that reflect a commitment and passion for everything local. The Lunch Menu features great salads and fresh sandwiches. The ever-changing Bar Menu features daily savoury pies, deep fried oysters, house-ground burgers, stunning charcuterie & cheese boards and other great tastes. PAGE 46
Heidi and Bill Vamvalis have been serving authentic Greek food and traditional English Fish and Chips for over 38 years. In that time, we expect the gracious and irrepressible Heidi has hugged the entire city. Mykonos has an extensive menu selection of casual Greek fare and a large outdoor patio at the back of the restaurant, which is heated during the cooler weather. There is a nicely revamped wine list featuring several good Greek selections. The Mykonos Platter is outstanding. Staying true to its roots as an English Fish & Chips shop, Mykonos still offers a popular take-out service. PAGE 59 A DINER’S JOURNAL
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Porcino is an intimate, upscale neighbourhood restaurant located in Hyde Park. Porcino specializes in serving iconic Italian appetizers, pasta, panini’s, pizza and daily features. The special clay oven, imported from Italy to serve guests delicious wood fire-roasted pizza, adds an authentic touch to the simple, traditional presentations, contrasted with the striking contemporary décor of the restaurant. Porcino has a casual and contemporary ambience with extensive cocktail and wine selections. Expect rustic Italian signature dishes and down-to-earth friendly service as an evocation of the Italian culinary tradition. PAGE 62
P Za Pie 26
P Za Pie is London’s best wood-oven pub. Offering a simple approach to classic tradition, this is Mike Smith’s homage to Neapolitan pizza. P Za Pie produces fine thin crust gourmet pizzas Naples-style with a local twist. This full service restaurant has a fun, casual, half-Italian, halfNorth American slant with a selection of salads and pasta. There is express service for those in a hurry, as well as take-out and delivery. PAGE 54
The Raja 27
The Raja serves upscale Indian cuisine in sophisticated and elegant surroundings. Chef Mr. Nurul Islam, who brings over 35 years of experience in Indian cuisine, ensures The Raja’s food matches the restaurant’s high level of service and atmosphere. Share the mixed platter with vegetable pakora, chicken tikka, sheek kabab, and onion bhajee, all served on a sizzling platter. There are nearly a dozen meticulously spiced vegetarian dishes on the extensive menu. The menu features an intoxicating selection of fish and seafood dishes. The dining room has character and sophistication with its marble floors, deep red painted walls and white accents. The cuisine is superior. The service is white linen and rivals anything in the city. PAGE 36
The River Room Café, Rhino Lounge & North Moore Catering 28 The River Room Café and Private Dining is an exceptional lunch and brunch spot that has made Museum London a culinary destination. Jess Jazey-Spoelstra has built her North Moore Catering’s reputation as one of the city’s premier caterers almost entirely on the word-of-mouth. The latest venture is the stylish Rhino Lounge Bakery & Coffee Shoppe. At lunch in the River Room, Chef Jeff Fortner’s features include handmade gnocchi, and ravioli. The brunch prix fixe menu includes: sublime Eggs River Room with Maryland crab cakes, perfectly poached eggs and delicious hollandaise on a toasted brioche. PAGE 28
Saffron’s at Fanshawe College 29
Located in “A” Building of the London Campus, Saffron’s is one of London’s most treasured secrets. Its comfortable and welcoming ambiance is capped off by great food unlike anything most of us ever experienced in school. Saffron’s dining facilities allow students to gain experience from the art of upscale casual dining to fine dining and tableside service. Fanshawe College’s strong commitment to using local and sustainable foods is reflected in the advanced dishes offered at Saffron’s. Menus change frequently and seasonally, giving students a practical learning experience in a fine dining restaurant, and a true understanding of what it takes to work in the hospitality industry. PAGE 38
Saffron’s at Fanshawe College
Shelly’s Tap and Grill 30
Located within the BEST WESTERN PLUS Lamplighter Inn and Conference Centre, Shelly’s opens daily at 6:30 am, serving everything from eggs and omelets to pancakes, waffles and crêpes. Favourites include eggs benedict and generous skillets. The extensive lunch and dinner menus are complimented by daily specials that are sure to tempt your taste buds. Relax and unwind in the comfortable atmosphere of the lounge after work or play. Explore the extensive cocktail and wine menus or enjoy an icy, cold draft and appetizer. Large groups are welcome. PAGE 57
The Springs 31
Chef Andrew Wolwowicz and co-owners Tim and Laura Owen renovated a 100-year-old building, formerly a Baptist church, to make The Springs warm and inviting. Natural and organic muted wall colours enhance the light and airy space, as do the large windows and connection to the beautifully appointed patio, which seats 32. The light-filled dining room seats 70, and the downstairs banquet room 40. Chef is a remarkable culinary gymnast who cooks with skill and dedication, using locally grown ingredients from farms specializing in sustainable agriculture, organic growing practices, and ethically-raised livestock. The menus reflect dishes crafted from local, regional and seasonal products and executed with innovation. There is the luxury of ample well-lit parking. PAGE 63
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Ta’ke Sushi Japanese & Korean Restaurant 32
Chef Eric Zhang is pleased to accommodate each customer’s needs and preferences, including vegetarian, gluten-free and other diets. An à la carte sushi menu and a rich variety of combo platters offer some of the best of Japanese cuisine, while the Korean BBQ Grill for 2–4 people delivers some of Korea’s specialties. Marinated meats, sides and sauces and a portable barbecue are brought right to your table. Private wooden booths evoking traditional Japanese tatami rooms provide a special space for an intimate dinner for two or for groups up to 15 people. The long Sushi Bar is also an inviting spot to sit but there is generous space and tables to accommodate all diners and preferences. A Banquet Hall can be reserved for up to 50 guests. PAGE 66
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Tamarine by Quynh Nhi 33
Tamarine by Quynh Nhi is sleek and urban-chic, with a sophisticated palette and an upscale mix of contemporary Asian-inspired motifs, art, cuisine and ambiance. Their take on contemporary South Vietnamese cuisine is light and refreshing, using crisp uncooked vegetables, subtle seasonings, fresh herbs, and unique flavour combinations. This modern interpretation is more tropical and fragrant than other Asian food and elegantly incorporates the best of both French and Chinese culinary influences. Dishes are designed to be mixed and matched in ways that balance flavours and fragrance, as well as texture and colour. Menus are designed to promote communal dining. Chefs Quynh and Nhi combine the freshest northwest ingredients with traditional flavours to create a unique dining experience. Long Phan is your charming and knowledgeable host. PAGE 61
tamarine by Quynh Nhi
T.G.’s Addis Ababa Restaurant 34
Chef T.G.’s Haile’s Addis Ababa is an inconspicuous restaurant on block of Dundas Street between Burwell and Maitland. Inside, close your eyes and savour the exquisite aromas emanating from the nearby tables and the kitchen. T.G. is a skillful chef and her signature dishes comprise variations of sweet, bitter, sour, salty, hot and fragrant. T.G. has developed a large variety of flavour packed vegetarian and vegan dishes, with a range of deliciously spiced preparations and beautifully balanced tastes. These flavour contrasts are the hallmark of her kitchen. The menu is designed to eat à la carte or communally, and she guides the uninitiated to select from a menu of elaborately ADDIS ABABA spiced and very fresh vegetarian, chicken and beef dishes. Sharing a selection of delicious dishes Restaurant that have been expertly arranged on a common platter for two, three, or more — the traditional way to eat a meal in Ethiopia — is a pleasant introduction to the cuisine. PAGE 30
Eddy and Alex Phimprhrachanh are the proprietors of Thaifoon, downtown London’s upmarket Southeast Asian restaurant. Their hip and stylish take on the ancient Thai culture, with a décor that honours the past while embracing modernity, has earned both raves and admiration for their vision and ambitions. Savoury curries surpass expectations with richness and variations on spiciness that are tempered with velvety coconut milk and fragrant aromatics. The pad Thai is served with perfectly cooked noodles, firm tofu with a silky interior, egg, crisp bean sprouts, scallions, fragrant cilantro, minced peanuts, lime juice and the crucial sweet and sour tanginess. PAGE 34
Tiger Jack’s Bar & Grill 36
Deep in the heart of South London, local restaurateur Rick DeJager has created a welcoming hot spot that has been pleasing crowds since 1998. A large dining room, a full and lively sports-themed bar, and quick and attentive service make for a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Pool tables are available, and on Friday and Saturday nights, a DJ and dancing warms up the crowd. Expect all the regular pub food specialties such as a large selection of chicken wings, thin crust pizzas and fish & chips, but be prepared for surprises like the Shanghai Stir Fry, bargain-priced theme night menus and creative daily special. PAGE 56
Western Fair District 37
Whether you’re planning a family celebration, a night out with friends or a bite to eat after the game, you’ll find the right dining spot at the Western Fair District’s numerous restaurants. Located in the slots area, the Getaway Restaurant combines fine dining with casual comfort, offering a wide variety of cuisine. Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club offers dinner with a side of laughs. Score a window seat at Coyote Jacks and watch a live hockey game at the Sports Centre or on big screen televisions while enjoying burgers, nachos and other pub favourites. The Carousel Room offers an alterative entertainment choice for your special event. Or make it a special night out at Top of the Fair, pairing a fine dining feast with a panoramic view of live racing. From music to dining, gaming, shopping and sports, it’s all at Western Fair District, all year round. CENTRE SPREAD
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Culinary Retail The Fire Roasted Coffee Company 13 14 15
Experience expertly roasted single-varietal coffees in small batches at a micro-facility in the Western Fair Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market, flagship location at the corner of Richmond and Talbot Streets, across from the Covent Garden Market or the new Café in Wortley Village. The decree is to ensure everyone benefits from the coffee experience, from the grower to roaster to consumer. Roastings, tastings, retail, wholesale, by the cup by the bag ... this is the place for lovers of the bean! Fire Roasted Coffee (FRC) is one of the country’s finest specialty hand-roasted artisan coffee roasteries, offering the largest selection of coffee in Canada. FRC roasts over 50 types of beans, including 20 single-origins, decafs and blends. 95% of the coffee selection is Fair Trade Certified, and many more are shade-grown as well. PAGE 75
Habitual Chocolate 13 14
Habitual Chocolate produces a variety of hand-crafted, single-origin chocolates that it retails by the bar, as hand-made confectionery or in drinking chocolate form. The beans are sourced from a number of small family farms in exotic locales. Single varietals cacao beans are brought to London, where they are roasted, ground, tempered, blended and moulded in small batches at a micro-facility in the Western Fair Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market and a new satellite location at the corner of King and Talbot Streets. The selection continues to grow each day as artisan makers also produce limited edition products. The delicious chocolate showcases the unique tastes and flavour profile of each country of origin. PAGE 73
Jill’s Table 38
Excellent product knowledge and customer service are the hallmarks of Jill’s Table, where owner Jill Wilcox and her team offer the best products for people who share their passion for the kitchen and the joy of a well-prepared meal. You’ll find a wide array of unique specialty foods, including one of the best selections of oils and vinegars; superior kitchenware, including Le Creuset, Emile Henry and All-Clad; as well as many Canadian-made items. Jill’s Table also features unique, hand-crafted wood products from local artists. Cooking classes are held in the evenings and feature well-known local and International chefs. A wide range of pre-designed and custom gift baskets are a convenient way of gift-giving for any occasion, and gift cards are available for that hard-to-buy-for person. An award recipient of the prestigious CGTA Retailer of the Year and subject of numerous business and lifestyle articles, Jill’s Table is the perfect destination for seasoned and novice cooks alike. PAGE 77
Kingfisher Coffee Co. 5
Kingfisher Coffee is committed to providing the best artisan roasted coffee and service to both wholesale and retail customers. Artisan Coffee Roaster Patrick Dunham and partners Wilson and Mandy Etheridge at the Black Walnut Bakery Café founded Kingfisher Coffee Co. to develop an incredible coffee service that targets the needs of each customer, whether they are large or small. Like creating the perfect meal, they use individual beans as ingredients and combine them to come up with a coffee that is more than just the sum of its parts. It is a taste and profile that cannot be found in single varietals. Try Kingfisher Dark, Kingfisher Medium, Kingfisher Smooth, Kingfisher Balanced, Kingfisher Decaf or Halcyon Espresso. Kingfisher has also already created many private label blends. PAGE 76
Olive-Me & Co. 39
Olive-Me & Co. is independently owned and operated by Missy Haggarty, who left a career in human resources to open her olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting bar. Her elegantly simple shop is located in a small plaza in Hyde Park. Haggarty, is a lifelong aficionado of the olive. A salad lover, she is excited by the wide array of flavours in the oils and vinegars designed to splash up your cooking and baking. Before opening her shop, she spent two years travelling and doing intensive market research and product development. Her business plan includes sourcing her products privately from small-batch producers in Italy and Greece, as well as from other European countries and the United States. Haggarty offers unique extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, spices, and beauty products derived from extra virgin olive oils from around the world. PAGE 72
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The Pristine Olive Tasting Bar 40
Pristine Olive Tasting Bar is located in a smartly appointed shop in London’s Old North neighbour hood. Pristine’s supplier, Veronica Foods, is credited with opening the first stand-alone olive The oil and balsamic tasting bar of its kind in North America in 2006. Jamie Griffith and his family Pristine opened Pristine Olive to offer fresh extra virgin olive oils, fused and infused olive oils, traditional balsamic vinegars, and naturally-flavoured balsamic vinegars, all certified for their ultrapremium quality. The goal at The Pristine Olive is to help educate each customer by a llowing them to experience what high-quality o live oil should taste like, and specialize in real, fresh, certified, ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils, with the unique chemistry and harvest/crush date posted on each of their extra virgin olive oils. In addition to more than 40 different olive oils and balsamic vinegars, Griffiths also sells salts, spices, rubs and jams. PAGE 70
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Located at the junction of King and Talbot Streets, the Covent Garden Market is a strong attraction and culinary destination for both locals and out-of-town guests. The original market building, a handsome and stately affair, was established in 1845. Today, the Covent Garden Market remains one of the city’s most venerated cultural landmarks and is the heart and soul of the downtown buy-local food movement. On Thursdays and Saturdays, from May to December, the outdoor Farmers’ Market offers fresh local food and friendly service outside on the Square. Year-round, a The Heart of London multitude of superior vendors are open indoors, serving customers daily. PAGE 83
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On Thursdays and Saturdays, from May to December, the outdoor Farmers’ Market offers fresh local food and friendly service outside on the Square. Covent Garden Outdoor Farmers’ Market consists exclusively of farmers who sell what they produce. The market draws growers from London’s surrounding countryside and offers a wide array of fresh local products. PAGE 84
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The Western Fair Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market (WFFAM) continues the weekly tradition of “Saturday Market Days.” Located in the heart of Old East Village, at the historic Confederation building in The Western Fair District, the WFFAM has established itself as an innovative business incubator, neighbourhood social centre and community hub. Market-goers love the WFFAM because they can purchase high-quality, farm-fresh products directly from the person who produced them and can find unique artisanal and food products they won’t find anywhere else in the city. Saturdays, 8 am–3 pm; Select Vendors Open Thursdays. PAGE 80
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Masonville Farmers’ Market has evolved into a hub of over 40 local area, farmers, artisans and food vendors. Conveniently located in North London at the southwest corner of Fanshawe Park Road and Richmond Street, next to the Hakim’s Optical store, there is plenty of free parking in the Masonville Place Mall lot. Organized by the Western Fair Farmers & Artisans’ Market, you can be sure to find excellent purveyors providing high quality products. Fridays, 8 am–2 pm, May–October. PAGE 82
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Chef David Chapman, his daughter Natalie (right) and wife Cindy Kinsella help create “an oasis for food lovers” with professional, friendly service at David’s Bistro. Elegantly tucked into a fine Richmond Street heritage building, this is one of Downtown London’s culinary landmarks. 18 London’s Local Flavour
Classic Bistro 432 Richmond St. (at Carling) MAPS A & B:
PHONE: 519-667-0535 LUNCH: WED–FRI 11:30 am –2:30 pm DINNER: MON–SUN 5 pm –10 pm LUNCH: $10– $14.50 DINNER: $23 – $28 www.davidsbistro.ca Classic French Bistro Fare Daily Prix Fixe Choices Famed “Trust Me” Dinners — Chef’s Tasting Menus Excellent Wine List, Available by Glass or Bottle Full Service Catering Available THE SCENE David’s Bistro, a classic French bistro, was opened in 1998 by David Chapman. After being chef and then chef/ owner of Anthony’s Seafood Bistro (a local landmark at the time) for 18 years, Chapman decided to reinvent himself. The kitchen staff includes Chefs Elvis Drennan His traditional bistro, with its (front), Andrew Dunning (back) and Rick Hunt small bar, vibrant red walls and checkered tablecloths, is a venerated downtown London culinary anchor. The classic bistro motif perfectly matches the traditional approach to service and attention to detail. MENU HIGHLIGHTS Chef/owner David Chapman and Co-Chef Elvis Drennan, who has helmed the kitchen and a talented kitchen staff for a number of years, present perfectly executed classic regional French-inspired specialties. The emphasis is on authentic country cuisine with primarily seasonal and high quality local ingredients. Chapman and Drennan are long-time proponents of the philosophy that simplicity, seasonality and purity are the hallmarks of good cooking. A blackboard Prix Fixe Menu changes daily. Chapman is also acclaimed for his multi-course “Trust Me” Dinners. The chalkboard prix-fixe menus change daily, in tune with the seasons and the availability of special items, as does the interesting wine list, with a range of carefully selected consignment wines listed on a separate blackboard, augmenting regular favourites.
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Co-owners Rob Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amico and Chef Dave Lamers have lifted Abruzzi into the top echelon of Italian-inspired restaurants, serving both modern and traditional regional specialties. As host and chef, respectively, each brings a polished professionalism to their Downtown epicurean hotspot.
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119 King Street, London ON 519 675-9995 www.abruzzi.ca
Italian-inspired Farm-to-Table Dining 119 King Street (at Talbot) MAPS A & B:
PHONE: 519-675-9995 HOURS: MON–SAT 11:30 am – LATE closed sunday LUNCH: $8– $16 DINNER: $15 – $33 www.abruzzi.ca A superior wine list includes interesting consignments A long-standing commitment to local sustainable ingredients Menus change seasonally Authentic Italian regional specialties Attentive, knowledgeable service L THE SCENE Abruzzi is well-groomed but casual, with an elegant white marble bar just inside the front entrance. There is an elevated communal table in the centre of the dining room that seats eight. The chairs and banquettes are comfortable enough for a three-hour sitting. The simple, striking décor with bare brick walls and lots of mirrors, the innovative lighting, and the friendly ambience are all central to the Abruzzi experience. The service is attentive, polished and knowledgeable.
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MENU HIGHLIGHTS Chef Dave Lamers takes the earthy Italian Steps to Budweiser Gardens culinary vocabulary and imbues it with both his idiosyncratic style and a culinary dialect that is responsive to the seasons. Lamers stresses simplicity and freshness as foundations of the Abruzzi kitchen philosophy. The menu offerings capture the essence of Italian cooking. They are intuitive, often iconic, prepared with locallysourced and quality ethnic ingredients, executed with skill and an eye to detail. The kitchen has a long-standing commitment to procuring local and sustainable ingredients. Signature dishes include: • An appetizer of perfectly cooked Grilled Octopus, with roasted grape tomato, olives, arugula, fingerling potatoes and romesco (red bell pepper) sauce; • Creamy, all’onda (wavy), and perfectly al dente Prosciutto Risotto with local asparagus, leek, grape tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, lemon and fresh basil; • Braised Local Rabbit with house-made pillow-shaped gnocchi, arugula and house-made ricotta; • Grilled Beef Tenderloin with crispy gnocchi, mushrooms, spinach, green beans, red wine and veal stock reduction; • Everspring Farms Duck Breast accompanied by oyster Served Her e mushrooms, Swiss chard and caramelized baby carrots; • Dark Chocolate Frangelico Tart with brûléed bananas, toasted hazelnuts, chocolate hazelnut gelato, nutella snow and caramel sauce.
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Byron Freehouse Bar â&#x20AC;˘ Kitchen
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Byron Freehouse is a casual, entertaining and enjoyable restaurant appealing to the Byron neighbourhood and an allencompassing demographic, including families. The term Freehouse is a traditional term for pubs that are owned independently of the breweries that supply them. Contemporary restaurateurs are using this term to denote something hipper and more social than a sports bar, while also taking many of their cues and influences from the gastro pub concept.
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Modern Bistro 1288 Commissioners Road W. MAP A:
PHONE: 519-601-3300 HOURS: MON–SUN 11 am –Close LUNCH: $12 – $16 DINNER: $11 – $26 www.byronfreehouse.ca Locally-Inspired “Homegrown and Housemade” Traditional Comfort Food Open Kitchen Large Patio Parking Available Menu Changes Seasonally Family-Friendly Great Wine Selection Interesting Cocktails
THE SCENE A stylish new fixture on the Byron restaurant scene, Byron Freehouse is up-tempo and urban chic. The main room is a dramatic example of the openness of contemporary restaurant design, with a variety of seating options and bold and spirited infusions of colour in the design, wood accents and meticulously scripted quotes decorating the wall. The open kitchen appeals to the experiential feeling and fascination with what goes on behind the scenes.
MENU HIGHLIGHTS Owners Kathryn Banasik and Robbin Azzopardi and Chef Joshua Sawyer (above) deliver a menu of traditional comfort foods, specifically updated riffs on gourmet versions of classic quick-bistro fare. Menu items are made from scratch, in-house and by hand. Suggestions include: • Seafood Pasta — linguini noodles tossed with fresh PEI mussels, clams & shrimp; • Cedar Plank Salmon with pink peppercorn and Dijon butter;
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• B.F. Burger on a sesame bun with onion, bibb lettuce, tomato and a quarter dill, served with house-made condiments; • Grilled Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos in a soft tortilla with nappa cabbage and fennel slaw, with spicy chipotle aioli;
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Blu Duby owners Joe and Cheryl Duby have built a diverse and loyal clientele by combining an accessible menu and wine list with upbeat ambience. Their goal: “A remarkable experience designed to accommodate every budget.” The result: a streamlined operation with a recession-friendly gourmet menu that appeals to a broad demographic. 24 London’s Local Flavour
International Comfort Food 32 Covent Market Place (also open at 125 Dundas Street) CORELI CI OUS MENU
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LUNCH: $8– $15 DINNER: $15 – $30 www.bluduby.com 3 Separate Private Rooms Available for Dining or for Your Next Celebration Beautiful Atrium for meetings in Hotel Metro Steps to Budweiser Gardens & Underground Parking at Covent Garden Market Quick Lunch Options L
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e MENU HIGHLIGHTS Join Blu Duby for appetizers and wine, a quick lunch, or an entire evening of remarkable service in a relaxing atmosphere. Casual bistro-style selections and tantalizing vegetarian choices are on offer, as well as many classic favourites that have been updated and reimagined by Stratford Chef School alumnus, Chef Dani Gruden-Murphy. The restaurant’s cooking repertoire keeps evolving, and the presentation is both stylish and simple. The menu is an eclectic collection of Asian, Continental and Mediterranean influences and features items such as Asian Shrimp Spring Rolls, Squash Arancini, Grilled Lamb Lollipops as well as Roasted Rack of Lamb or Grilled Beef Tenderloin. Blu Duby offers lunch engineered to fit into the most limited break, perfect for busy professionals working Downtown. You will find everything from comfort food in the Mac & Cheese to light, healthy fare in a variety of fresh salads. With many gluten-free choices and vegetarian options to choose from, diners are certain to find something to enjoy. Recommendations include:
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• Duo of Duck: Confit of leg and seared breast with black current, demi-glace, roasted garlic, mashed potatoes & seasonal vegetables; • Maple-Glazed Pan-seared Atlantic Salmon with braised arugula, quinoa and seasonal vegetables; • Malaysian Pad Thai with coconut milk, ginger, tamarind, brown sugar bean, cilantro, green onions and cashews.
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Michael’s On The Thames
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Anniversaries, birthdays, a promotion ... there are many reasons to celebrate. Sometimes a great meal at a great restaurant is reason enough. London’s Celebration Destination is Michael’s On The Thames. No matter the occasion, 31 years of consistently great food and excellent service make Michael’s one of London’s great dining experiences. Owner/Founder Brian Stewart (top left), with Sommelier/Server Andrew Fratepietro (top right), General Manager Joelle Lees and Sous Chef Chris Morrisson (seated) and a exceptional culinary team led by Executive Chef Denis Clavette, ensure that your celebratory dinner or lunch is a memorable one. 26 London’s Local Flavour
Continental Cuisine 1 York Street (at the bridge) MAPS A & B:
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MON–FRI 11:30 am–2 pm MON–SUN from 5 pm
LUNCH: from $8.99 DINNER: from $17.99 www.michaelsonthethames.com
THE SCENE Superb continental cuisine and a relaxed environment await you at Michael’s On The Thames, winner of numerous awards, including the London Free Press’ BEST FINE DINING RESTAURANT and BEST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT, BEST ATMOSPHERE from London Community News, and the CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE from Trip Advisor. Relax in the warmth of a stone fireplace, a view overlooking the Thames River and the elegance of a Baby Grand. Michael’s is the perfect place for great conversation over an outstanding meal. MENU HIGHLIGHTS Michael’s specialty is exceptional continental cuisine ... with a twist. Here you can experience a great restaurant tradition — tableside cooking. Michael’s renowned Caesar Salad, Steak Diane, Chateaubriand, fabulous flambéed desserts like Cherries Jubilee, even flaming coffees! Michael’s appetizers range from a classic French Onion Soup to Escargots to an extraordinary Coquille St. Jacques. Drawing from local, seasonal ingredients to create signature main dishes, Executive Chef Denis Clavette and his team have a contemporary take on international classics, including: • Brome Lake Duckling à l’Orange — split and deboned crisply-roasted duckling flambéed with valencia orange sauce; • Rack of Lamb — Washington State lamb roasted with fresh mint and finished with demi-glace and port; • Grilled Rib Eye — one of Michael’s amazing house steaks, the Rib Eye is up to 14oz of well-seasoned AAA Canadian Red Brand beef, served with Maitre d’Hotel butter; • Northern Harvest Atlantic Salmon — coriander-crusted, served on seafood fingerling potato salad with a citrus emulsion and salmon skin crisps; • Prime Rib — slow roasted to seal in the natural juices.
2 blocks to Budweiser Gardens A Range of Fine Wines Sommelier on Staff Your Celebration Destination Private Rooms Available Live Pianist at the Baby Grand Golden Plate Award Winner Reservations Recommended Gift Certificates: The Perfect Gift for Any Occasion Complimentary On-Site Parking L W
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Finally, there’s more than Cherries Jubilee on the dessert menu at Michael’s. Try the Tartufo, true Italian ice cream lightly coated in cocoa crystals, served on cream and chocolate syrup web. Or Crème Brûlée, or ... well you get the picture. Michael’s On The Thames — traditions made new again.
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The River Room Café and Private Dining The Rhino Lounge Bakery & Coffee Shoppe & North Moore Catering
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The River Room is an exceptional lunch and brunch spot that has put Museum London back on the local dining map. Owner Jess Jazey-Spoelstra culinary philosophy is “to create exceptional food at reasonable prices,” with lots of New York-style bravado. Jazey-Spoelstra has built her North Moore Catering’s reputation as one of the city’s premier caterers almost entirely on the word-of-mouth of a glittering retinue of clients. The latest venture is the stylish Rhino Lounge Bakery & Coffee Shoppe. 28 London’s Local Flavour
Cafés and Caterer 421 Ridout Street North (within Museum London) MAPS A & B:
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THE SCENE The River Room is conveniently located downtown within Museum London, sporting banks of tinted windows with panoramic views overlooking The Forks of the Thames and the old courthouse. Jess JazeySpoelstra’s sophisticated design sensibility is reflected in the stylish and relaxed interior. The colour scheme is warm and friendly, and the textural elements are glass, leather and linen. The dining room features an attractive curved bar at the entrance with faux white leather stools. The walls are lined with beautiful photos that pay homage to the owners’ days in New York City. MENU HIGHLIGHTS At lunch, Chef Jeff Fortner’s features include handmade gnocchi and ravioli. The Seafood Crêpe is stuffed with crab, shrimp and baby scallops in a cognac cream sauce. Deli sandwiches are Served Her e accompanied by a spectacularly composed signature side salad. The Pastrami Reuben sandwich is essential New York deli, with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Russian dressing and crispy dills. Feature Arancini Balls — that change daily — are served with greens, soup or hand-cut fries. The Yorkie Beef Dip with shaved rib-eye and tenderloin on house-made Yorkshire pudding with au jus has quickly become a signature dish. Über-Pastry-Chef Michele Lenhardt brings dessert offerings to a whole new level. Goat Cheese Cheesecake, Cherry Tart and Lemon Tart are all classics as is her Chocolate Cube with Kahlua cream and chocolate-covered espresso beans and the River Room’s signature Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée. Chef Fortner has over a dozen dishes on the Brunch prix fixe menu ($23), including sublime Huevos Rancheros with two fried eggs atop crispy corn tortillas with Monterey jack cheese, black beans, pico de gallo and served with sour cream, and a classic Cobb Salad with grilled chicken, bacon, blue cheese, hard-boiled egg and chopped tomato & cucumbers.
Daily Lunch Specials Prix Fixe Sunday Brunch Caterer for every Social Occasion Monthly Wine Pairing Dinners Open Evenings for Private Dining Cooking Classes THE RHINO LOUNGE PHONE: 519-850-5111 HOURS: MON–SUN 8 am –5 pm THURS 8 am –9 pm Open Evenings for Private Events L
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TGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Addis Ababa Restaurant
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For more than a decade, T.G.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Addis Ababa Restaurant has offered a tour de force from the Ethiopian culinary repertoire. Chef/restaurateur T.G. Haile is dedicated to supporting important cultural and community initiatives and events, despite the fact that she is a hands-on owner who does all of the cooking at the restaurant.
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PHONE: 519-433-4222 HOURS: TUES–FRI: 5–10 pm SAT: 12 noon –10 pm SUN: 2 pm –10 pm MENU: $10 – $16 www.tgsaddisababarestaurant.ca Platters for sharing for 2, 3 or a crowd, or individual plates Traditional Cuisine & Spices Fully Vegetarian Menu Available Ethiopian Coffee Ceremonies Ethiopian Beers, African Wines and Local Beverages Reservations Recommended Take-Out & Catering Available
THE SCENE The modest restaurant is tucked away off-the-beaten-track in an unassuming brick building the south side of Dundas Street near the corner of Burwell and Maitland. The décor reflects the ancient Ethiopian culture, which makes an exotic yet comfortable, homey atmosphere.
MENU HIGHLIGHTS Dining at T.G.’S Addis Ababa Restaurant is characterized by the ritual of breaking injera (traditional yeast-risen flatbread, spongy in texture, crèpe-like in appearance, with sourdough tanginess) and sharing food from a communal platter, strengthening bonds of loyalty and friendship. The cuisine has garnered repute for being blistering-hot, but truly authentic Ethiopian cuisine is characterized by a blending of flavours in order to produce a harmony of ingredients. T.G. is a skillful chef and her signature dishes from the repertoire of Ethiopian cookery comprises variations of sweet, bitter, sour, salty, hot and fragrant. She has developed a large variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes, with a wide range of deliciously spiced preparations and beautifully balanced flavours, based on lentils, split peas, chickpeas and other pulses. These flavour contrasts are the hallmark of T.G.’s cooking. Meat dishes fall mostly into two distinct categories: red stews (wat), which include berbere, and green stews (alicha wat), which do not. Wats are properly prepared with a generous amount of chopped onions, which the cook simmers or sautés in a pot. Onions are fried without oil, which gives them the distinct taste central to Ethiopian cuisine. T.G.’s menu includes several types of meat dishes, such as zsil zsil tibbs, strips of beef sautéed with green onion and spices. Ethiopian cuisine does not include pork. • Dulet Kitfo is freshly minced, very lean beef, mixed and cooked with butter, onion, jalapeno pepper, and a special addis spice. • Quanta Ferfer is marinated grilled beef, with onion, tomato and a spicy sauce mixed with injera.
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• Defen Misr, green lentils cooked with traditional seasoning, onion and curry, is one of the most popular vegetarian choices.
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The Church Key Bistro-Pub
Locaulr FlSaervvedoHere The Church Key is your destination pub, whether you’re looking for an impressive selection of craft beers or a pub meal with flair. Owners Pete and Vanessa Willis have nearly 50 years combined experience in the restaurant industry. The opening of The Church Key in May of 2009 was the culmination of a longtime dream. “We are definitely pub people,” says Vanessa. “We like an uncomplicated place where you can talk and have good food and beer and wine.”
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Farm-to-Table Bistro-Pub 476 Richmond St. (N of Queens) MAPS A & B:
PHONE: 519-936-0960 HOURS:
SUN–TUES 11 am –12 midnight WED & THURS 11 am –1 am FRI & SAT 11 am –2 am
LUNCH: $9 – $15 DINNER: $14 – $26 www.thechurchkey.ca email@example.com Across from The Grand Theatre Vegetarian Options Sunday Brunch 11 am –3 pm Game Meat of the Week Specials Food Served Late!
THE SCENE Warm and comfortable, with a pleasing combination of brick, stone and wood, The Church Key is an extensively renovated pub in a prominent Richmond Row heritage building across from The Grand Theatre. An intimate outdoor courtyard flanks the south side of the building.
MENU HIGHLIGHTS The Church Key follows in the British tradition of the gastro pub by specializing in traditional food done with gourmet flair. Chef Michael Anglestad, with over 20 years in fine dining, uses seasonal, locally sourced ingredients extensively.
• Try the Ploughman’s Plate, great as a meal or a shared appetizer, with English cheeses, crusty bread, paté, smoked salmon, duck breast bacon, branston pickle, pickled quail eggs and vegetables. Or start with Salmon Wrapped Scallops, sea scallops wrapped in house smoked salmon, drizzled with grapefruit & rice wine syrup and togarashi aioli. • Entrée favourites include the famous Church Key Burger, a traditional Fish & Chips, Beef Pot Roast, tender beef cheek slow Served Her cooked in red wine with potatoes, carrots, mushrooms & celery e root, and the Buffalo Meatloaf, glazed with cranberry bbq sauce, topped with madeira & sweet onion gravy and served with creamed spinach and chive mashed potatoes.. • Sunday Brunch begins with a large basket of baked pastries, such as fresh croissants, almond cheesecake Danish, or sweet potato & pumpkin seed bread, all baked fresh by Pastry Chef Cliff Briden. Then enjoy a choice of four different brunch entrée items. The menu is different every week!
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After years of experience in their family’s restaurants, Eddy and Alex Phimphrachanh are the principal owners of Thaifoon, Downtown London’s upscale Asian restaurant. Their hip and stylish take on the ancient Thai culture, with a décor and cuisine that honours the past while embracing modernity, has earned both raves and respect for their vision and ambitions. 34 London’s Local Flavour
Contemporary Thai Cuisine 120 Dundas Street (E of Talbot) MAPS A & B:
PHONE: 519-850-1222 LUNCH: MON–FRI 11:30 am –2:30 pm DINNER: MON–SUN from 5 pm LUNCH: From $10 DINNER: From $14 www.thaifoonrestaurant.ca firstname.lastname@example.org Only steps to the Budweiser Gardens & The Grand Theatre Spiced Mild to Very Hot Vegetarian Options Take-Out & Delivery Available Candles set the mood for a romantic evening or a casual night out to “escape” from the city.
THE SCENE With subtle lighting, earth tones, glowing candles, and a soothing water fountain, Thaifoon’s New Asian interior captures the natural elements of light, earth, fire and water. The minimalist room is sleek, with a sexy soundtrack, ancient statues, bamboo accents, rich dark woods and ultra-soft leather banquettes.
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MENU HIGHLIGHTS Sample Thai delicacies made from scratch using diverse authentic and modern styles. Exotic martinis and Asian imported beers augment a wine list that has been carefully selected to accompany the cuisine. Thaifoon excels in dinner service, but does offer take-out and home delivery for your convenience. • Starters include a fire-grilled Chicken Satay, with a Thai curry marination, coconut glaze, and spiced peanut sauce. Or try a Thai Crêpe, with a hint of curry, minced chicken, Thai pepper, sprouts, sweet chili, garlic, carrot and a cilantro sprig.
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• Thaifoon’s lunch offerings include an Authentic Pad Thai, rice noodles with chicken, egg, sprouts, scallion, cilantro, lime and roasted nuts, or a wok-sizzled Cashew Chicken, with bell pepper, broccoli, celery, snow peas, carrot, onion and a signature house sauce, with jasmine-scented rice. • Dinner recommendations include Red Curry Beef, with Red curry paste, coconut milk, green beans, onion, bell peppers, bamboo and jasmine-scented rice, or Panko-Crusted Atlantic Salmon, with sushi-maki, asparagus, carrots, spinach, jasmine-scented rice and massaman curry sauce. RESTAURANTS
Crispy Chiang Mai
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Fine Indian Cuisine The Raja
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Indian Fine Dining serves fine Indian cuisine in comfortable and elegant surroundings by a knowledgeable, well-trained staff. The service is white linen, deferential and friendly with European-style sumptuousness. Proprietor Zahirul Chowdhury has built a formidable reputation and is pleased to provide guests with his recipe for success: delicious food cooked with care and consideration for ingredients and attention to detail.
Indian Fine Dining 482 Clarence Street (between Dundas & Queens) MAPS A & B:
PHONE: 519-601-7252 LUNCH: MON–SAT 11:30 am –2:30 pm DINNER: MON–SAT 5 pm –10 pm closed sunday
LUNCH: $7– $14 DINNER: $14 – $25 www.rajafinedining.ca Quick Lunch Options Delivery & Take-Out Available Vegetarian & Vegan Options Private Dining Room Kids Menu Groups Welcome Multimedia Projector for Corporate Meetings Available
THE SCENE The Raja is London’s sophisticated refuge for fine Indian food. The Raja has plenty of personality, and the dining room has character and panache with its marble floors, deep red painted walls and white accents. A wide variety of seating arrangements lets you bask in comfort, whether you’re with a crowd or on a romantic evening for two.
MENU HIGHLIGHTS Chef Islam, who brings over 35 years of experience in Indian cuisine, ensures The Raja’s food matches the restaurant’s high level of service and atmosphere. Share the mixed platter with vegetable pakora, chicken tikka, sheek kabab, and onion bhajee, all served on a sizzling platter. Nearly a dozen meticulously spiced vegetarian dishes include: Aloo Gobhi (potato and cauliflower), Chana Masala (spicy chick peas), Sag Paneer (spinach with homemade cheese), Bharta (spiced roasted eggplant), and Daal Tarka (lentils in garlic). Specialties include: Served
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• Shrimp Jhalfrezi: Stir-fried shrimp with fresh green chilies, green pepper, tomatoes, fresh coriander and garnished with a touch of fresh garlic and ginger. Fairly spicy and hot to taste. • Vindaloo: Lamb/Beef/Chicken cooked with potatoes, lemon juice and extra red chilies. This is an extremely hot dish. RESTAURANTS
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Saffron’s at Fanshawe College
One of London’s hidden gems, Saffron’s showcases Fanshawe College’s School of Tourism and Hospitality. Lunch and dinner are prepared and served by the students. Seated above are second year Food and Beverage students Ashley Tyler (left) and Daniel Denes. Standing, left to right, are first year Hotel student Sunyoung Park and Food and Beverage student Connor Kosmal (back row) and Food and Beverage student Michelle Marquette and Hotel student Rohit Batte. 38 London’s Local Flavour
at Fanshawe College
1001 Fanshawe College Boulevard (at Oxford Street East) MAP A:
PHONE: 519-452-4433 HOURS: Mid-Sept through April Monday – Friday Lunch 11:30 am – 2 pm Dinner 5 pm – 8 pm Closed May to mid-September LUNCH: $5 – $12 DINNER: $6 – $19 www.fanshawec.ca/saffrons Menus Change Regularly According to the Seasons Student Meal Plan Cards Accepted Dress Code is Business Casual Banquet Menus Reservations Recommended
Honey Garlic and Herb Grilled Ontario Beef Strip-loin with sherry bacon vinaigrette, confit potato pont neuf, golden beets, globe carrots with a Brussels sprout purée THE SCENE Located within Fanshawe College’s “A” Building on the London Campus, Saffron’s is one of London’s most treasured secrets. This completely student-focused facility allows the practice of culinary and serving skills in an upscale dining room offering local and sustainable menu choices, tableside service and daily selections inspired by students. The team of individuals who lead and inspire these future hospitality stars are well accomplished, including Chef Stephanie Brewster, who won Chopped Canada’s premiere episode. MENU HIGHLIGHTS Fanshawe College’s strong commitment to using local and sustainable foods is reflected in the advanced dishes offered at Saffron’s. Menus change seasonally, giving students a practical learning experience in a fine dining restaurant, and a true understanding of what it takes to Served Her e work in the hospitality industry. Suggestions include: • Pan Roasted New Brunswick Salmon with saffron vegetable bouillabaisse, sour cream and leaf parsley hummus; • Charcuterie Board — a selection of house-prepared Terrines, Pates, Sausages or Cured items (from Ontario as much as possible), with jams, preserves, crackers or toasts; • House-Smoked Bacon and Roasted Corn Chowder with lime and chili dusted “popcorn” & saffron corn coulis; • Sous vide of Ontario Lamb Shoulder with herbed, Gruyère croquette, local mustard, parsnip puree and warm pickled vegetables; • Vanilla Panna Cotta with chocolate cremeux, raspberry bon bon and honeycomb toffee.
Chef Wade Fitzgerald (right) oversees the restaurant
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Marvin Rivasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stylish and sexy Che RestoBar on Dundas Street embodies the synergy between resto-lounge and the culinary vibe of the South Beach Miami food scene. Che provides the RestoBar experience in spades, luxe surroundings with a welcoming ambience, innovative culinary know-how and a well-thought-out selection of interesting wines and seductive cocktails to enhance your experience.
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Modern Latin American 225 Dundas St. (at Clarence) MAPS A & B:
PHONE: 519-601-7999 DINNER: MON–SAT 5 pm –Close LUNCH: WED–FRI 11:30 am –2 pm closed sunday
LUNCH: $8– $14 DINNER: $10 – $26 www.cherestobar.ca
THE SCENE Marvin Rivas defines chic with his Latin-American-inspired Che RestoBar. This hip hotspot has a “gallery” feel that features exposed brick walls, an extended granite bar, massive contemporary light fixtures and stunning artwork. The style is definitely upscale and the tempo is upbeat, providing a welcoming space where people can revel in great food and drink, and not break the bank. The food-savvy servers are friendly and knowledgeable.
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Che owner Marvin Rivas (left) and Chef German Nunez
MENU HIGHLIGHTS The menu offers contemporary dishes with Latin American flavours, influenced by Rivas and Chef German Nunez’s heritage. Hanger Steak Tacos are a revelation. The kitchen adds a fiery splash of Inca peppers (aji ) flavour to the kitchen’s signature citrus-marinated Wild Salmon and Tuna Ceviche. (Che’s Tuna Ceviche is one of the most outstanding appetizers in the city.) The Yucca Poutine with cotija cheese, aji Amarillo and black olive puree is a standout.
Enjoy the chic and lively Latin American RestoBar experience
• Try a Capirinha (Brazil’s national drink) or Cuba’s famous highball, a thirst-quenching Mojito, or a Pisco Sour with lime juice, sugar, egg white and sparkling wine. • A must-try, Che’s signature Huancaina Salad is perfection: a medley of sliced Yukon gold potatoes, ripe avocado, red onion, olives and eggs served cold, almost hidden under a blanket of cheese sauce scented with lime, and turned bright yellow by aji amarillo, a spicy chili pepper.
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Style meets comfort, with a variety of seating options
• Grilled Octopus Confit, with an earthy black olive salsa, and Beef Heart Anticuchos (grilled kabobs) with ancho chili sauce are newer menu additions. • Chimichurri is a traditional Latin American sauce with minced parsley, bursting with aromatics. Chef German’s version is a garlicky revelation on cooked-toperfection (Angus) Rib Eye Steak, with crisp yucca fries in mojo served with pico de gallo.
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Blackfriars Bistro and Catering
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Contemporary Bistro & Caterer 46 Blackfriars Street MAP A:
PHONE: 519-667-4930 LUNCH: MON–FRI 11:30 am –2:30 pm DINNER: MON–SAT 5 pm –10 pm BRUNCH: SUN, 11 am –2 pm LUNCH: $8.95 – $14 DINNER: $18 – $34.50 BRUNCH: $7.50 – $13.95 www.blackfriarsbistro.com Consumers Choice Award Winner for London Caterers Upbeat Lunches Intimate Dinners Outstanding Sunday Brunch Ample Free Parking Closed Room Parties Available Dietary Needs Accommodated
THE SCENE Blackfriars offers a deliciously artistic and playful setting only a short walk from Downtown London. The central location and ample parking makes this a perfect meeting place for business lunches and closed room events. Upbeat, friendly and knowledgeable staff are your first introduction to this eclectic bistro. The creative seasonal menus are handwritten by restaurateur Betty Heydon, who has presided over this gastronomical landmark in the London community for 18 years. In addition to managing the hustle and bustle of their cozy bistro, Blackfriars is London’s premier caterer.
Daily Market-Fresh Creations
MENU HIGHLIGHTS Blackfriars’ innovative chefs showcase their talents with daily blackboard specials, providing a creative and current approach to your dining experience. Upbeat lunches and intimate dinners are presented by knowledgeable and friendly service staff. Sunday Brunch is a must to highlight your weekend. Consignment wines and craft brewery beer enhance a full bar selection. Try Blackfriar’s signature Spinach & Feta Cheesecake, with grilled chicken, olives, grape tomatoes and crushed hazelnuts on butter lettuce with basil garlicbrushed toast. Other recommendations include: • Grilled Beef Tenderloin on an applewood cheddar and carmelized onion scalloped potato, finished with a Diane sauce and garlicky roma tomato; Served Her e • Filet of Baramundi in a fennel broth with white vermouth, fresh tomato, fingerling potatoes & rapini topped with saffron butter; • Asian-Inspired Risotto with shiitake mushrooms, snow peas, sesame oil, sweet peppers & sake, finished with shredded vegetable salad, roast julienned seaweed, pink ginger & crushed cashews.
Express Gourmet Lunches
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We Have the Right Place for Your Taste Whether you’re planning a family celebration, a night out with friends or a bite to eat after the game, you’ll find the right dining spot at the District. Our restaurants offer an extensive selection of pub grub and hearty, home-style meals. Or, make it a special night out at our finest dining experience, pairing an exquisite feast with a panoramic view.
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From music to dining, gaming, shopping and sports – it’s all here at Western Fair District, all year round. We gladly welcome more than 4 million people for year-round horse racing, slots, sports and agricultural events, trade & consumer shows, live music, comedy and a community farmers’ market. So come, and be excited, be thrilled, but most of all, be entertained.
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Farm-to-Table Beer Pub 420 Talbot Street (at Carling) MAPS A & B:
Craft Beer Emporium
PHONE: 519-601-4447 MON & TUES: 11 am –12 midnight WED & THURS: 11 am –1 am FRI: 11 am –2 am SAT: 4:30 pm –2 am closed sunday
LUNCH: $6 – $14 DINNER: $9 – $23 www.pubmilos.com email@example.com Outdoor Patio Farm-to-Table Cuisine Extensive Craft Beer Selection 23 Rotating Draughts on Tap Two Rotating Cask Ales Beer Pairing Options Special Beer Dinners Late Night Menu L P T W
Late Night Menu Available
MILOS’ CRAFT BEER EMPORIUM is London’s premier craft beer destination, owned and operated by award-winning publican Milos Kral. “Pub Milos” has become one of the best hubs for “local” beer aficionados in Ontario. According to Milos, “There’s no such thing as a person who doesn’t love beer. There are only people who haven’t yet found a beer to love.” THE SCENE Milos’ Craft Beer Emporium serves 2 cask ales and 23 micro taps with excellent style variation. An impressive, ever-changing lineup of Ontario craft beers is on offer, with a few Quebec selections and some well-picked imports. A limited bottle menu primarily consists of private order, consignment and rare beers unavailable from the LCBO, including highly sought after Westvleteren 12. The pub has an open tap room layout with a large projector screen that displays all of the draughts on offer. A welcoming two-sided patio with entrances on Carling and Talbot streets seats 40 people comfortably.
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MENU HIGHLIGHTS e Chef Matt Reijnen prepares seasonal menus and specials that reflect a commitment and passion for everything local. The Lunch Menu features great salads and fresh sandwiches. The ever-changing Bar Menu features houseground burgers, stunning charcuterie & cheese boards and other great tastes. Signature items include house-made salmon pastrami and house-made sausages. Chef Reijnen’s extensive use of local produce and farms includes local duck from Everspring Farms, for items like Duck Breast Confit, and heritage pork from De Martines Farms, for items such as Tamworth Pork Chop with grainy mustard gravy, roasted apples & pickled red cabbage. Seasonal Menus & Specials feature Local Producers
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Garlic’s of London
481 Richmond St. (S of Dufferin) MAPS A & B:
PHONE: 519-432-4092 HOURS: SUN–THURS 11 am –9:30 pm FRI–SAT 11 am –11 pm
Owner Edo Pehilj
www.garlicsoflondon.com firstname.lastname@example.org Beside The Grand Theatre Upscale Rustic Cuisine — LocallyInspired “Homegrown and Housemade” Traditional Cooking Seasonal Ingredients Naturally-raised Meats Menu Changes Monthly
A proponent of stellar farm-to-table cuisine, G ARLIC’S OF LONDON Owner Edo Pehilj (above) ensures his carefully chosen team offers only intelligent and ethically-informed menu choices. This is top-of-the-line, rustic cooking using seasonal quality ingredients.
THE SCENE Regional foods and recipes are a significant part of what makes one locale unique from another, and restaurants like Garlic’s of London create distinctive and memorable food and drink experiences which build enthusiasm and foster community and culinary tourism. A venerated Chef Chad Stewart & Manager Emma Pratt dining destination for over 15 years, Garlic’s is close to downtown entertainment venues, shopping, hotels and businesses and is well established as a favourite on London’s Richmond Row. MENU HIGHLIGHTS The cooking of Chef Chad Stewart has a contemporary edge — rustic, and madefrom-scratch with inspiration from local and signature ingredients and seasonal products. Slow cooking, naturally raised foods and local farms are the ingredients that make the Garlic’s of London dining experience memorable. The restaurant even features a roof-top apiary in order to harvest their own honey. Everything is meticulously prepared from scratch ... from handmade pastas and slowly simmered stock reductions to freshly baked breads and desserts. The menu changes monthly, combining the seasonal harvests of the London area with sustainable, organic Ontario and Canadian products. • Renecker Farms Red Wine-braised Elk, hand-cut pasta ribbons, slivered olives, fresh herbs, lemon zest and parmesan.
LUNCH: $7 – $15 DINNER: $10 – $35
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• Pan-seared jumbo Wild Scallops, spicy chorizo sausage, P.E.I. mussels, tomato white wine broth and fresh dill.
Fresh, Warm Ambiance
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• Signature Items include: Duck Sausage Pizza, Pad Thai, Roasted Garlic and Onion Bisque, Smoked Garlic Fettuccine, Slegers Farm’s Organic Greens, Everspring Farm’s Muscovy Duck and longtime favourite Crème Brûlée. RESTAURANTS
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English Beer Pub 122 Carling Street (at Talbot) MAPS A & B:
PHONE: 519-679-9940 MON: 11:30 am –10:30 pm TUES & WED: 11:30 am –11 pm THURS: 11:30 am –11:30 pm FRI: 11:30 am –1 am SAT: 4:30 pm –1 am closed sunday
LUNCH: $10– $15 DINNER: $12 – $24 www.marienbad.ca email@example.com Private Rooms Available Fine Banquet Facilities Live Jazz & Folk Music Outstanding Beer Selection European-style Sidewalk Patio L P T W
Casual and Comfortable
Live Music Events
Spacious Sidewalk Patio
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CHAUCER’S PUB is one of London’s premier beer pubs, located in an exquisite heritage building next to the Marienbad Restaurant. The two establishments share the same eastern and central Europeanfocussed menu, with a plethora of hearty, traditional fare. THE SCENE Chaucer’s Pub provides a more casual atmosphere than its Old World neighbour, the Marienbad Restaurant. Whereas the Marienbad takes its cues from eastern and central Europe, Chaucer’s features true Olde English style. This comfortable and cozy pub is a throwback to a different era, with a large bar featuring beautiful woodwork and a brass rail, beveled and stained glass, an antique clock, a huge stone fireplace and intimate tables. Ancient weaponry adorns many of the walls, but Chaucer’s spirit is entirely convivial! MENU HIGHLIGHTS One of London’s strongest selections of craft beers and imports will satisfy the most selective patrons. Try one of the European beers on tap, poured and presented according to tradition. While there is an emphasis on Belgian beers, Chaucer’s has 14 beers on tap and stocks approximately 85 different brews from six continents at any given time, including brands such as Stella, Leffe, Hoegaarden, Guinness and Pilsner Urquell. Canadian breweries consistently on the menu include Keith’s, Mill Street and Unibroue. Taking considerable pride in their beer offerings, Chaucer’s rotates in selections seasonally, with heartier ales for the winter and clean crisp lagers for the warmer months. In addition to their beer selection, Chaucer’s also has an outstanding e Served Her selection of single malt scotches on offer. A creative wine list, with some VQA representation, complements the menu.
122 Carling Street (at Talbot) MAPS A & B:
PHONE: 519-679-9940 MON: 11:30 am –10:00 pm TUES & WED: 11:30 am –10 pm THURS: 11:30 am –10:00 pm FRI & SAT: 11:30 am –10:30 pm SUN: 4:30 pm –9 pm LUNCH: $10– $15 DINNER: $12 – $24 www.marienbad.ca firstname.lastname@example.org Private Rooms Available Fine Banquet Facilities Murder Mystery Dinners European-style Sidewalk Patio MARIENBAD RESTAURANT is located in one of London’s oldest heritage buildings. A popular downtown eatery since 1974, Marienbad brings a sophisticated European flair to fine dining, in a casual atmosphere. In season, the sidewalk patio is a popular spot for al fresco dining or a cold beverage.
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THE SCENE Marienbad Restaurant has plenty of Old World style and elegance. With a number of finely furnished private rooms, this is a popular spot for parties, banquets and corporate gatherings. The light and bright Atrium Room holds up to 40 people; the cozy Fireplace Room holds up to 80 people; the more formal Prague Room holds up to 45 diners. A lively sidewalk patio, in season, brings the flavour of European cafés to the London scene.
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MENU HIGHLIGHTS Offering casual fine dining with dishes from eastern and central Europe, Marienbad’s menu is sure to have something for the most Served Her e discriminating palette. Here are a few of the favourites that have made Marienbad famous: • Gourmet Schnitzels, Goulash, Chicken Paprikash, Steak Tartare, Rouladen, Prime Rib, Seafood, Pastas and Salads. The savoury Hungarian Goulash is served with Bohemian dumplings, and the crispy Jäger Schnitzel, a pan-fried natural schnitzel, is topped with wild mushroom sauce. • For a unique “dinner and a show” experience, Marienbad’s Mystery Dinners offer an interactive, entertaining — and tasty! — evening. Shows change regularly, so call for details. RESTAURANTS
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Casual Italian & Traditional Pub 153-155 Albert St. (W of Richmond) MAP A:
Fellini Koolini’s & The Runt Club
“A diner’s paradise, with a welcoming ambiance and unsurpassed service and hospitality ...”
PHONE: 519-642-2300 HOURS: MON–WED 11 am –10 pm THURS–SAT 11 am –11 pm SUN: 4 pm –10 pm RUNT CLUB HOURS: SUN-WED ’til 2 am THURS-SAT ’til 2:45 am LUNCH: $8 – $12 DINNER: $18 – $24 www.fellinikoolini.com email@example.com www.runtclub.ca firstname.lastname@example.org Build your own thin-crust pizza or pasta creation Children’s Menu L P W
Casual & Fun Italian Dining
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FELLINI KOOLINI’S ITALIAN CUISINI is restaurateur Mike Smith’s tongue-in-cheek homage to the surreal Italian director Frederico Fellini. With its sibling restaurant, THE RUNT CLUB, next door, the twin patios make Albert Street off Richmond Row a festive destination. Both eateries recently celebrated 20 years of business. THE SCENE The Fellini Koolini’s décor is purposely overdone in sentimental Italian kitsch. The terrace (with The Runt Club Patio the distinction of being the first licenced patio built in the city) has sleek contemporary stainless steel chairs and tables. Next door, The Runt Club offers a larger patio, with a traditional pub atmosphere inspired by a “post-war Italian home.” There’s plenty of shade from mature trees, which are festooned with twinkle lights in the evening. This a very popular watering hole in the central part of the city. MENU HIGHLIGHTS This is fun, casual dining with affordable menu items that include a diverse selection of intentional highbrow/lowbrow creations: pastas, thin-crust pizza, steamed mussels, calamari, steaks, etc. Or create your own, as a Pasta Architect, and select from a wide variety of pastas, sauces, meats and vegetables. Likewise, the Pizza Architect gets to choose all their favourite ingredients. The Runt Club offers the full Fellini Koolini’s menu.
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Recommended Selections: Try the Roasted Artichoke and Asiago Dip with garlic, cream cheese, spinach, scallions and bruschetta, served with crostini and pita points. Or the Pecan-Crusted Chicken stuffed with brie and sundried cherries, finished with a honey and shallot cream sauce. 50 London’s Local Flavour
Casual Bar and Grill
595 Richmond St. (at Central) MAP A:
PHONE: 519-663-5665 HOURS: MON–SUN 11 am –2 am LUNCH: $9 – $16 DINNER: $11 – $23 www.joekools.ca email@example.com Private Rooms Available Entire Menu Available for Take-Out and Delivery L T P W
Photo caption about Acme Restaurant and this dish Restaurateur Mike Smith launched JOE KOOL’S in 1983, and it’s been a fun and popular restaurant landmark and bar on Richmond Row’s busy scene ever since.
Wall-to-Wall-to-Ceiling Eye-Catching Memorabilia
THE SCENE A Richmond Row Landmark Bar Since 1983 The eccentric surroundings provide a never-ending supply of eye-catching kitsch and memorabilia, from Elvis in his coffin to the 1000+ beer can collection. Kool’s is also a sports lover’s paradise, evidenced in umpteen big screens and regular TVs covering all of the angles and all of the games. If you want to watch it, they can probably get it!
MENU HIGHLIGHTS Served The “tabloid knock-off” menu, loaded with humour (Soup de Yesterday, because it tastes better that way), provides plenty of laughs and something for everyone. Kool’s is known for its Jose Nachos, a mountain of tortilla chips topped with monterey jack, cheddar, ground beef, green pepper, tomato and onion on a 15” pan. Salsa, sour cream and jalapenos are optional. Other favourites include the Kitchen Sink Pizza, chicken wings, and a selection of sandwiches, burgers and Tex Mex dishes, all served in jumbo portions,.
Elevated Rooftop Patio
TVs covering all Major Sports
• “Joe Kool’s loves rotten little kids” — especially on Saturdays, when puzzles, a roving magician and a Kid’s Menu do the trick to keep everyone occupied. • An elevated seasonal rooftop patio has a capacity for 130 people. Large groups can also arrange for private rooms: the ever-popular “Back Room” with its mezzanine, and “The Penthouse” in the basement. RESTAURANTS
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Modern Bistro 2530 Blair Blvd. (off Crumlin) in the Diamond Flight Centre MAP A:
Katana Kafé & Grill
PHONE: 519-455-9005 Breakfast: SAT & SUN 9 am –12 noon Lunch: MON–SUN 11 am –3 pm Dinner: WED–SUN 5 pm –10 pm LUNCH: $7.50–$15 DINNER: $19–$36 www.katanakafe.com Runway View 45-Seat Patio Weekend Breakfasts Lunch Daily Reservations Recommended Plenty of Free Parking 1 Block North of the Airport, off Crumlin Side Road L P W
KATANA KAFÉ’s tagline — “A little out of the way, a lot out of the ordinary!” — is more true today than ever. Perfect for plane spotters and aeronautical aficionados, in the Diamond Flight Centre, the Katana patio runs beside the London International Airport tarmac. The view is spectacular and the food soars.
THE SCENE The décor is sleek, with a contemporary vibe and aeronautical theme, with biplanes and hot-air balloons. Bright and airy, the tarmac-side patio and large windows allow for viewing flights coming and going on various London International Airport runways.
Table, Bar and Patio Views of Airport Flights
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MENU HIGHLIGHTS Katana Kafé offers a modern take on the bistro theme. Chef Jason Smith guides his stellar culinary team behind a glass partition, and the cuisine receives raves. The restaurant is a lunch-time favourite for the East London business crowd, who appreciate the professional and attentive staff. Enjoy a seasonal menu with interesting interpretations of seafood, game and steaks, and all desserts and ice cream are made in house. Suggestions include: • Starters such as the pan-seared Tequila Lime-Glazed Scallops with salsa fresca or Cajun Crusted Frog Legs with onion & basil polenta in a Pommery mustard cream sauce; • Entrées such as the Curry Crusted Rack of Lamb in a citrus & port reduction with saffron basmati rice or Cornish Hen stuffed with chorizo sausage in a chipotle-maple glaze. www.londontourism.ca
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Deli Comfort Food & Catering
The Gourmet Deli & Catering Company
285 King Street (at Wellington) MAPS A & B:
PHONE: 519-204-7252 HOURS:
MON–FRI 8 am –4 pm SAT & SUN 9:30 am –2:30 pm
LUNCH: $4 – $12 BREAKFAST: averages $5 CATERING: from $2.95 per person www.thegourmetdeli.ca Breakfast, Lunch, Light Dinners Corporate & Executive Luncheons for 10 or more Take-Out & Delivery Available Business Luncheon Specialists T P W In a sea of fast food options, THE GOURMET DELI has carved out a creative, charming and flavourful niche. From Specialty Coffees, Smoothies, Italian Sodas and Desserts to the new Fine Foods retail section, you’ll find a food paradise. The pledge: the best quality products available — no preservatives, no processed foods — at a fair price.
A Variety of Delicious Salads
THE SCENE The Gourmet Deli offers comfortable seating, with an inviting seasonal patio. Your order is made fresh from a striking array of appealing food, and you can also expect fast and friendly service in the bright and modern space. The street-front site is conveniently located downtown on the southeast corner of King and Wellington.
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MENU HIGHLIGHTS Whether dining in or having Gourmet Deli catering come to you, Served Her enjoy traditional deli fare such as Montreal Smoked Meat and e Corned Beef, oven-roasted beef and turkey or smoked salmon. Try the Rueben (with authentic Russian Dressing), Grilled Philly Cheese Steak, California Coast (tuna/avocado/swiss) or the New Yorker (smoked salmon & cream cheese on a bagel). Soups are made daily from fresh ingredients. You’ll find delicious salads, from crisp fruit to pasta to Greek, California or Chicken Caesar. Freshly baked desserts include a variety of squares (such as Espresso Brownie, Keylime Raspberry and Peanut Butter Dream) and cookies (like Pistachio Walnut, Biscotti and Whoopie Pies). The breakfast menu focuses on fresh omelettes with your choice of fresh toppings, either on a bagel or by themselves. A Corned Beef Slammer, Burrito Grande, or just a bacon, egg & cheese with toppings on a bagel ... the Deli is sure to satisfy every palate. RESTAURANTS
Hearty Healthy Breakfasts
Patio Seating in Season
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Neapolitan Pizza Pub
P Za Pie
724 Richmond Street (at Piccadilly) MAP A:
PHONE: 519-642-7158 HOURS: OPEN DAILY 12 noon – 2 am PRICES: From $7.99 www.pzapie.com Thin Crust Pizza Specialists Wood-Burning Oven Take-Out & Delivery Available European-Style Patio Seafood & Vegetarian Choices Free WiFi Gluten-Free Options L T W
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Wine by the glass or bottle
True Italian Tastes & Character
P ZA PIE offers “a simple approach to a classic tradition.” This is London’s loving nod to Neapolitan pizza, with a woodburning oven producing fine thin crust gourmet pizzas Naples-style, with a local twist. This full-service restaurant (with express service for those in a hurry) also offers takeout and delivery. THE SCENE An upscale neighbourhood pub atmosphere makes P Za Pie a comfortable and relaxing enclave right on Richmond Row. European-style Sidewalk Patio And the seasonal European-style patio provides the perfect vantage point to catch all the action while you enjoy a pizza while sipping a glass of wine or a cold beer from the well-stocked bar. Kids like watching the pizza cook by the fire in the open oven. MENU HIGHLIGHTS P Za Pie Neapolitan pizzas are inspired by the original pies from Naples, Italy. Homemade pizzas are baked in a brick-tiled oven, made in the thin crust tradition — crispy, chewy, bubbly and slightly charred — the hallmarks of a Neapolitan pizza. Choose from great Signature Pizzas such as the Wild Mushroom and Brie (brie, fire-roasted portabello, shiitake & oyster mushrooms, basil-infused oil, four cheese sauce, asiago & fresh herbs), or create your own from the P Za Pie’s careful selection of simple, fresh ingredients. The menu also includes chicken wings and burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, hearty soups and amazing salads (try the Roasted Pear & Goat Cheese, with arugula, mixed greens, roasted pear, oven-roasted tomatoes, goat cheese, candied walnuts & balsamic vinaigrette). Of course, what is an Italian eatery without fresh pastas? P Za Pie doesn’t disappoint, with favourites such as Smoked Chicken Fettuccine (smoked chicken breast, pancetta, oven-roasted tomatoes & spinach tossed in a four-cheese cream sauce). • Mondays — $10 for any Signature Pizza; • Tuesdays — Wine Not Tuesdays? All bottles under $23.
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Fire Roasted Café
365 Talbot Street (at King) 138 Wortley Road (at Craig) MAPS A & B:
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PHONE: 519-679-3003 HOURS: MON–SAT 7 am–11 pm SUN 9 am–9 pm PRICES: From $5 www.fireroastedcoffee.com firstname.lastname@example.org Canada’s Largest Variety of Coffees Fairtrade Certified Coffees & Teas Order Online 24/7! Savoury Items Menu Changes Seasonally In-house Pastry Chef Licenced with Local Beers & Wines Cheese & Chocolate Charcuterie Plates Daily Chalkboard Specials L T W
This is the place for serious coffee drinkers and chocolate lovers! The FIRE ROASTED CAFÉS offer simple honest fare: the freshest coffee, baked goods and pastries, artisanal chocolate, salads, sandwiches, and late night charcuterie plates — and a great local beer and wine list.
Downtown’s New Hot Spot
THE SCENE Roastings, Tastings, Retail, Wholesale, by the cup, by the bag ... this is the place for lovers of the bean! The Fire Roasted Coffee Company is recognized as one of the country’s finest specialty hand-roasted artisan coffee roasteries, offering a large selection of coffee. There are two cafés at the Western Fair Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market location as well as their flagship cafés across from the Covent Garden Market at King and Talbot Streets, and a new location in Wortley Village. MENU HIGHLIGHTS Everything here is meticulously prepared from scratch and freshly baked by their in-house pastry chef, including an assortment of lemon squares, brownies, scones, muffins, cookies and cakes. The blackboard menu changes daily, featuring Served Her e seasonal soups, sandwiches and salads. Try the exquisite Habitual Chocolate Cake. The café is licenced and features a selection of beer and wine and cocktails, such as their signature espresso and chocolate martinis.
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Casual Dining Bar & Grill 842 Wharncliffe Rd S (at Southdale) MAP A:
Tiger Jack’s Bar & Grill
“A diner’s paradise, with a welcoming ambiance and unsurpassed service and hospitality ...”
PHONE: 519-690-0292 HOURS: MON–WED: 11 am–12 midnight THURS: 11 am–1 am SAT: 11 am–2 am SUN: 12 noon–11 pm LUNCH: from $7 DINNER: from $8 www.tigerjacks.com email@example.com Lunch & Dinner Daily Specials • Mexican Mondays — Fajitas & Coronas • Tuesday Pasta Special • Wednesday NY Steak Special • Thursday Rib Festival • Friday Catch of the Day • Kids Eat Free All Day Sundays FRI & SAT night DJ & Dancing Plenty of Free Parking L T P W
Deep in the heart of South London, local restaurateur Rick DeJager has created a welcoming hot spot that has been pleasing crowds since 1998. TIGER JACK’S is a communityminded business with a Sports rule in the bar area focus on delicious food and great service. Let the good times ROAR!
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THE SCENE A large dining room, a full and lively sports-themed bar, and quick and Served Her attentive service make for a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. e Pool tables are available, and on Friday and Saturday nights, a DJ and dancing warms up the crowd. Looking for a spot to celebrate a special occasion or host a group event? Reserve the Tiger’s Den for your private party, and check out the Party Platter Menu for some great party food suggestions. Thursdays Rib Night Special
MENU HIGHLIGHTS The extensive Tiger Jack’s menu is full of affordable casual dining options. The Soup of the Day is always fresh made, and the fryers all use trans fat-free oil. Expect all the regular pub food specialties such as a large selection of Chicken Wings, thin crust Pizzas and salt & vinegar Fish & Chips, but be prepared for surprises such as the Shanghai Stir Fry, mounds of seasoned fresh vegetables sautéed in garlic butter and Shanghai sauce, served over lo-mein noodles. Or try the Jumpin Jack Wrap, juicy sliced beef with sautéed peppers, onions, monterey jack cheese and jalapeno mayo, in a wrap. • Tiger Jack’s Famous Back Ribs (try the Blueberry BBQ sauce!)
Signature Sauces for Sale
• Value-packed Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials feature some of Tiger Jack’s all-time favourites.
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• Bring Tiger’s home with you! Full menus are online; phone to place your take-out order. RESTAURANTS
Casual Restaurant and Lounge
Shelly’s Tap and Grill
BEST WESTERN PLUS Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre
591 Wellington Road South MAP A:
PHONE: 519-691-3402 Open Daily from 6:30 am – 10 pm Lounge Open until 11 pm LUNCH: $10 – $17 DINNER: $10 – $14 www.shellystapandgrill.ca shellystapandgrill @lamplighterinn.ca All-Day Breakfast Daily Sandwich, Pasta and Entrée features Healthy choices with the freshest ingredients Shelly’s Sensational Oven-Roasted Chicken on Weekends Shelly’s Lounge features FlatScreen TVs and Fireplace Free VIP Membership when you join Shelly’s Club! Special offers, premium discounts & invitations to exclusive events L T A W SHELLY’S TAP AND GRILL is all about great food and great people — an unstoppable combination. Dropins are encouraged, whether it’s for a quick and healthy breakfast (served all day!), a tasty lunch, a satisfying dinner, or for your favourite libation while enjoying the warm and friendly lounge with friends. THE SCENE Located within the comfortable confines of the BEST WESTERN PLUS Lamplighter Inn and Conference Centre, one of Southwestern Ontario’s premier hotel and conference facilities, Shelly’s offers true comfort. Rich woods, granite, a fireplace and stained glass enhance the intimate feel of the restaurant and lounge. MENU HIGHLIGHTS • The All-Day Breakfast ranges from a light and refreshing “Good Morning Parfait” to rich and satisfying Eggs Benedict. • For a light lunch, try the Tandoori Salmon Salad as a refreshingly flavourful choice. For something a little heartier at dinner, try the New York Striploin Steak.
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• Quench your thirst with Shelly’s Classic Cocktails — all the traditional favourites — or browse the Martini Menu. Shelly’s features “i baci” wines from Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Pillitteri Estates Winery, and a broad selection of fine wines from around the world. RESTAURANTS
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Thai, Cajun & Carribbean 119 Dundas Street (at Talbot) MAPS A & B:
PHONE: 519-858-2000 LUNCH: DINNER:
WED–FRI: 12 noon–2:30 pm MON–SAT: 5 pm–10 pm
LUNCH: $10 – $12 DINNER: $15 – $22 www.jambalayarestaurant.com Jump Up World Cuisine, from Tame to Insane! Steps from Budweiser Gardens Private Room Available Jambalaya Brand Spices Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly Gluten-Free Options Take-Out and Delivery L T W B
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Chef/Owner Kevin Greaves JAMBALAYA — a traditional Cajun blend of deliciously spiced meat, rice and vegetables — is the perfect name for Owner/Chef Kevin Greaves’ contribution to London’s international cuisine. The intimate restaurant, infused with unexpected harmonies of art, sound and scent, gives off a positive vibe and a wealth of great taste. THE SCENE A warm ambiance radiates from a central Original Sauces & Spices fireplace outward, with the walls adorned with colourful prints. An intimate space with a private room available for groups, Jambalaya is perfect for a date, a pre-concert bite, or dinner with friends. MENU HIGHLIGHTS Chef Greaves travelled the world in search of great flavours. Thailand made a huge impression, with its influences from both East and West. Likewise, Cajun cooking offered a fusion of the French and the South, with Caribbean cuisine following a similar theme. Inspired by these influences and the forces that created them, Greaves enjoys mixing flavours in unexpected ways and developing his own recipes. Those looking for a dining adventure will not be disappointed. • Starters include: Barbados Coconut Shrimp, jumbo shrimp with a Thai sauce or Fresh Thai Rolls with mango, carrots, lettuce and cilantro, with a passion fruit and mango sauce.
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• Vegan options include Vegetable Jambalaya, served on spicy rice, rice and peas, or pasta; and a hearty Curried Chick Pea Roti. • Perennial favourite Jambalaya Stew — available Mild or Spicy, like most dishes here — has sausage, chicken, ham, sweet bell peppers & onions in a rich tomato sauce, served over rice or pasta.
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Greek Cuisine and Seafood
Restaurant & Take-Out
572 Adelaide St. (south of Central) MAP A:
Bill and Heidi Vamvalis expanded a humble Fish & Chips shop with a heartfelt vision, recreating the enchantment of a Greek island. MYKONOS RESTAURANT has become a London institution, operating for over 40 years, and going strong.
PHONE: 519-434-6736 HOURS:
MON–SAT 11 am–11 pm SUN & HOLIDAYS 11 am–9 pm
ENTRÉES: $7.95–$21.95 www.mykonosrestaurant.ca Awarded “Best Greek Restaurant” in 2012–14 by London Free Press 2014 Consumer Choice Award Winner Grilled Seafood Specialists Warm, Covered Garden Patio Home of the Original English Fish & Chips Dine-In or Take-Out Available Open Late! Reservations Recommended
THE SCENE Mykonos welcomes Londoners with very good homemade Greek food at affordable prices, and a selection Bill and Heidi Vamvalis of excellent Greek wines and beers. A genuine welcome and warm reception is as much a part of the ambiance as the Greek décor and colour scheme. “This is a sacred space where we celebrate life and each other with joy, warmth, good food and drink,” says Co-Owner Heidi Vamvalis.
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MENU HIGHLIGHTS The extensive Mykonos menu is also available for take-out, and true to its roots as an English Fish & Chips shop, the Halibut, Cod or Haddock Fish & Chips remain popular. But Mykonos also offers a variety of grilled seafood options. The The Mykonos Platter Seafood Platter, consisting of three shrimp, three scallops, a piece of halibut, calamarakia (pan-fried squid), served with rice or fries, presents a welcome variety. Looking for a vegetarian option? Try the Spanakopita, spinach baked with feta and ricotta cheeses in phyllo pastry. For those who “want it all,” try the Mykonos Platter, with Greek salad, Moussaka, Pastichio (Greek-style lasagna), Souvlaki, Tsatziki, Tiropitaki (cheese triangles wrapped with phyllo), Spanokopita, Loukanica (wood-smoked pork sausage), and Dolmathaki (grape vine leaves stuffed with rice and ground beef). But don’t forget to leave some room for the delicious Greek pastries! Other suggestions include: • Local Fresh Lamb Chops or Roast Lamb Dinner, served e Served Her with rice or roast potatoes; • Chicken and Pork Souvlaki, either served in a pita with tsatziki or open on skewers, is another traditional Greek dish; • Moussaka, layers of grilled eggplant and ground beef topped with a flavourful bechamel sauce; • Greek Stir Fry, with choice of chicken breast, halibut, pork, jumbo shrimp or scallops, served with vegetables on a bed of rice.
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Italian, Spanish & Portuguese Cuisine & Frenchinspired Café
Restaurant & Café
717 Richmond St. (at Piccadilly) MAP A:
PHONE: 519-435-0616 HOURS: SUN–THURS 11:30 am –10 pm FRI–SAT 12 noon –11 pm LUNCH: From $9.95 DINNER: From $18.50 www.aromarestaurant.ca firstname.lastname@example.org Aroma Café Open Daily from 8 am –10 pm Private Rooms Available Team-Building Cooking Classes Meeting Facilities Live Music on Weekends L T W B
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Felipe Gomes’s AROMA RESTAURANT & AROMA CAFÉ combine Old World ambiance with high technology. Felipe’s experiential offerings include amenities and facilities for cooking classes, corporate teambuilding exercises, and a private conference room for up to 30. An on-site bakery provides croissants, cakes & French pastries and Portuguesestyle custard tarts, an homage to Gomes’ heritage. THE SCENE Aroma’s open courtyard dining room features a three-storey vaulted ceiling, creating a spacious yet cozy space, with a feeling of the Mediterranean outdoors. Aroma’s newest addition is the recently opened Aroma Café, a Parisian-inspired coffee house offering patrons a selection of speciality sandwiches, café au lait, croissants and patisserie. Aroma Café is part grab-and-go café, part bakery, and part casual dine-in restaurant. The café is attached to the restaurant, which fronts on Piccadilly Street. MENU HIGHLIGHTS Aroma’s menus feature signature specialties from all over the Mediterranean: the south of France, Greece, Spain, Italy, and Portugal. Felipe has made several additions to the menu and ensures there is always a selection of fresh fish from the coasts of Portugal and Spain. The calamari, grilled and served with olive oil and garlic sauce, is another Aroma favourite. • Signature starters include a Cream of Lobster Soup with grilled fennel and a dash of Port, and a Sundried Tomato, Baby Spinach and Basil Risotto. • For lunch, try Portuguese Cod & Shrimp Cakes, lightly breaded and served with a tomato coulis. • Dinner entrées include Marinated Lamb with roasted garlic and oregano with a blackberry and blueberry demi glace. • Desserts are presented e er Served H “European style” — on a large tray for you to select from — and the Crème Brûlée is highly recommended.
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Modern South Vietnamese Cuisine
Tamarine by Quynh Nhi
118 Dundas Street (E of Talbot) MAPS A & B:
PHONE: 519-601-8276 HOURS: MON 5 pm –9 pm TUES–FRI 11 am –2:30 pm 5 pm –9 pm SAT 5 pm –10 pm closed sunday APPS: $5 – $18 ENTRÉES: $14 – $28 www.tamarine.ca Steps to Budweiser Gardens Contemporary but based on Traditional Tenets Take-Out Menu Available Online Delivery Optional Private Rooms Available L T W TAMARINE by QUYNH NHI is London’s sophisticated and adventurous contribution to the evolution of South Vietnamese cuisine. Long Phan (standing left in photo) and sister chefs Quynh (seated) and Nhi have created an elegant space perfectly suited to their refined and tasteful menu featuring delicate but flavour-packed dishes that are as delicious as they are beautiful.
Long Phan (left) and sister chefs Quynh (front) and Nhi THE SCENE Located only steps to the Budweiser Gardens, Tamarine by Quynh Nhi brings new life to one of the most energetic areas of Downtown London. Tamarine is sleek and urban-chic, with a sophisticated palette and an upscale mix of contemporary Asian-inspired motifs, art, cuisine and ambiance. MENU HIGHLIGHTS Tamarine’s take on contemporary South Vietnamese cuisine is light and refreshing, using crisp uncooked vegetables, subtle seasonings, fresh herbs, and unique flavour combinations. This modern interpretation is more tropical and fragrant than other Asian food and elegantly incorporates the best of both French and Chinese culinary influences. The flavours are multi-faceted and subtle, and the creative presentation provides plenty of visual appeal. Dishes are designed to be mixed and matched in ways that balance flavours and fragrance, as well as texture and colour. Menus are designed to promote communal dining. Recommendations include: • Caramelized Salmon ... an original creation by Chef Quynh, the Served Her e Atlantic salmon is caramelized with garlic, tomatoes & cilantro; served with asparagus & Jasmine rice; • Coconut Chicken Curry, tender chicken breast in coconut milk curries, taro root & lemongrass; served with jasmine steamed rice; • Basil Beef, premium cuts of tenderloin sautéed with bell peppers, asparagus, red onion, celery & king oyster mushrooms in a spicy chili basil sauce, with jasmine rice.
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Rustic Italian Cuisine 1700 Hyde Park Road (just North of Gainsborough) MAPS A:
PHONE: 519-641-7777 MON–SAT: 11:30 am –2 pm 4:30 pm –9 pm SUNDAY: 4 pm –8 pm LUNCH: $11– $18 DINNER: $11– $18 www.porcino.ca Pizza • Pasta • Panini Wood-Burning Pizza Oven Extensive Drink & Wine Selections Nightly Specials Eat-In or Take-Out Full Service Catering Available L
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PORCINO is a small, neighbour hood restaurant that is passionate about preparing simple, straight forward Italian cuisine with robust, tasty flavours. THE SCENE Located in a small unassuming plaza in Hyde Park, Porcino surprises some with its contemporary design and layout. The dining room features clean lines, with the work of Canadian artists prominently displayed. The Open Kitchen shows off the culinary team, and the imported Italian wood-burning oven speaks to Porcino’s determination to deliver the rustic pizza that Italy is known for.
The imported Italian wood-burning MENU HIGHLIGHTS oven and quality ingredients are the Porcino is dedicated to mastering the keys to creating amazing Pizza! classic “everyday” dishes such as Spaghetti with Meatballs, Caesar Salad, Fried Calamari or even a Chicken Parmesan Panini. They believe customers truly appreciate and respect the passion and love they pour into making these dishes. Each day, they prepare fresh pizza dough with flour from their friends at Arva Flour Mill. In tune with the seasons, they prepare dishes with asparagus and fava beans in the spring, or zucchini blossoms in the summer. Although there are many different wonderful styles of pizza, Porcino feels “the faster your pie cooks, the better it tastes.” Their pizza oven reaches temperatures over 800° F, which allows a pizza to cook in under 2 minutes. The result is a pie like the Patata Pizza (potato slices, rosemary, caramelized onion and gorgonzola crema) that is “blistered” a bit on some edges and perfectly cooked on top, for maximum flavour. The proof is in the eating! Other suggestions include: • Grilled Flatbread with Three Spreads, includes a house-made tapenade, hummus and roasted red pepper & goat cheese spread; Served Her e • Steamed Mussels, with red wine, garlic, tomato and herbs; • Wild Mushroom Ravioli, with Porcino mushroom cream sauce, truffle oil and Parmesan shavings.
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The Springs Restaurant
Farm-to-Table Dining 310 Springbank Drive MAP A:
PHONE: 519-657-1100 MON–THURS: 11:30 am –10 pm FRI 11:30 am –12 midnight SAT: 12 noon –12 midnight closed sunday
LUNCH: from $10 DINNER: from $18 www.thespringsrestaurant.com email@example.com Savoury Seasonal Cuisine Live Music with Glenn Bennett THURS, FRI & SAT from 7:30 pm Minutes from Downtown London Plenty of Free Well-lit Parking Private Banquet Room THE SCENE Owners Tim and Laura Owen successfully launched The Springs with the creative genius and culinary guidance of Chef Andrew Wolwowicz. Their ethical gourmet refuge on Springbank Drive has met and surpassed London’s high expectations. The light-filled dining room, comfortable downstairs banquet room and inviting seasonal patio all hum with the contented sighs of satisfied diners. Reservations are recommended. MENU HIGHLIGHTS Chef Andrew Wolwowicz cooks with finely tuned Harrar Espresso & Black instincts, skill, dedication, precision, creativity and Pepper Crusted Venison passion. The Springs is proud to use the finest Loin & root veg frites locally grown products from farms specializing in sustainable agriculture, organic growing practices and ethically-raised livestock. The menus reflect dishes crafted from local, regional and seasonal speciality ingredients. Suggestions include: • Shrimp and Salt Cod Caponata, a sweet & sour inspiration of East Coast salt cod with aubergine & courgette, presented with grilled tiger shrimp and crostini; e er H ed rv Se • Chorizo & Wild Mushroom Tart, with Guernsey Girl Bechamel; • Cast Iron AAA Beef Tenderloin, served with rustic whipped potato and seasonal vegetables; • Honey Lime Maitake Mushrooms and Heirloom Beets, served with a sweet coconut red curry over a crusted risotto cake; • Cast Iron AAA Beef Tenderloin, served with rustic whipped potato and seasonal vegetables; • Chicken Supreme, olive and tomato tartar with fennel pollen, over spiced pumpkin seed organic quinoa and saffron scented jus • Everspring Duck Salad with Wildwood Greens.
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Wildwood Greens Duck Salad and crisp seasonal salad
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Contemporary Pub Fare 1269 Hyde Park Rd. (N of Sarnia Rd) MAP A:
Crossings Pub & Eatery
PHONE: 519-472-3020 HOURS: SUN–THURS 11 am–11 pm SAT & SUN 11 am–1 am PRICES: From $10 www.crossingsgrill.ca 34 Draft Beers on Tap Extensive Whisky Selection Ample Free Parking Live Music on Saturdays Sunday Brunch & Prime Rib Dinner Monday PubStumpers Trivia 2nd Location Opening in Lambeth — Summer 2014 L T P W
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CROSSINGS PUB & EATERY is a place where good food and friends cross paths, as a pub should be, with a few welcome twists. Expect delicious inter pretations of classic pub fare. Market fresh food is prepared to order, just how you like it, and the service is fast and friendly. THE SCENE Dining rooms are located on the first and second floor, with dim lighting and the beautiful wood trim you’d expect in a heritage building. These quieter spaces are ideal for an intimate dinner, and for corporate meeting space (with in-house AV equipment) or family celebrations, five private and semi-private rooms are available. The pub has an energetic vibe, with sports on multiple TVs, an extensive wine and whisky selection, and 22 beers on tap. The garden patio features its own separate outdoor bar with an additional 12 draught beer lines and two big screen TVs, with live music Saturday nights. MENU HIGHLIGHTS Traditional pub offerings take a more sophisticated turn, such as the Braised Beef Stuffed Yorkshire Pudding as a starter. The Bacon-Wrapped Gourmet Meatloaf is a Crossings favourite, as is the Shepherd’s Pie, with a Duchesse potato crust and mushy peas on top. The fresh-made burgers and sandwiches include a delicious feta-infused Lamb Burger, served with cabbage slaw and tzatziki. On the lighter side, try the Cajun Beef and Poached Pear Salad, with honey Dijon dressing, red peppers, brie cheese & arugula. Other suggestions include: Served Her e • Sunday Brunch (11 am –2 pm) features a Pulled Pork Benedict, with poached eggs, hollandaise & potato hash; • Sunday Night Prime Rib Dinner; • Check the Crossings Facebook page for Wednesday Whisky Dinner dates and other events.
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Black Walnut Bakery Café
Bakery, Caterer & Fair Trade Café 134 Wortley Road (at Craig) MAP A:
From the welcoming atmosphere and the rich aroma of fresh coffee, to the heavenly smell of pastries baking in their ovens, BLACK WALNUT BAKERY CAFÉ invites you to enjoy a true, Europeanstyle café experience. With close attention to detail and a strong relationship with the community, co-owners Wilson and Mandy Etheridge and their hospitable staff do their best to ensure you’ll feel like a friend, not a customer, every time you visit “the Walnut.”
PHONE: 519-439-BAKE (2253) HOURS: MON–SAT 7 am–6 pm SUN 9 am–5 pm PRICES: From $5 www.blackwalnutbakerycafe.com firstname.lastname@example.org House-made, Scratch Baking Warm community environment Catering events, breakfasts and lunches Delivery available Organic loose leaf teas Free Street Parking T P W
THE SCENE Located in Wortley Village, Black Walnut Bakery Café is your home away from home for moments of calm and relaxation. Black Walnut started Kingfisher Coffee Co, roasting its own coffee to provide a high quality coffee experience. Their own unique Organic, Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance coffees are artisanroasted. Specially trained baristas handcraft superb espresso drinks with organic syrups, using top-of-line equipment.
Raspberry with Vanilla Custard Tarts
MENU HIGHLIGHTS Black Walnut presents scratch baking every morning, 7 days a week, by their seasoned bakers. Hearty soups, savoury quiches, frittatas, bread, scones and Maple Walnut Coffee Cake & Café Latte squares, salads and light meals are also offered. Sandwiches are made-to-order on hand-crafted bread. From business lunches to baby showers, let Black Walnut cater your next event. Specialties include boxed lunches, sandwich and dessert Served Her platters, e freshly made salads. baked goods or light meals. Or take home a quiche for Sunday brunch or a dozen cookies or squares for dessert.
Quiche du Jour and Spinach Pie
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Japanese & Korean Cuisine 697 Wellington Road South (South of Commissioners Rd) MAP A:
Japanese & Korean Restaurant
PHONE: 519-680-1231 HOURS: MON–SAT 11:30 am–9:30 pm SUN 4 pm–9 pm Lunch: $10–$15 Dinner: $12–$24 www.takesushilondon.com TakeSushiLondon@gmail.com Dine-In, Take-Out & Delivery Private booths seat 2–15 guests Banquet Hall for up to 50 people Korean BBQ Grill at your table Hot Sake! L T
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Korean BBQ Grill South London’s TA’KE SUSHI has been serving authentic Japanese and Korean food since 2003. Ample free parking makes for a convenient spot for lunch or dinner. Be prepared to be transported across the world through your taste Sashimi platters, in different sizes and varieties buds, attentive and gracious hospitality and a delicious Asian dining experience.
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THE SCENE Private wooden booths evoking traditional Japanese tatami rooms Served Her e provide a special space for an intimate dinner for two or for groups up to 15 people. The long Sushi Bar is also an inviting spot to sit but there is generous space and tables to accommodate all diners and preferences. For parties or business meetings, an attractive Banquet Hall can be reserved for up to 50 guests.
MENU HIGHLIGHTS Chef Eric Zhang is pleased to accommodate each customer’s needs and prefer ences, including vegetarian, gluten-free and other diets, such as the Buckwheat Noodle Sushi Roll for those who cannot tolerate rice. An à la carte sushi menu and a rich variety of combo platters offer some of the best of Japanese cuisine, while the Korean BBQ Grill for 2–4 people delivers some of Korea’s specialties. Marinated meats, sides and sauces and a portable barbecue are brought right to your table. Other suggestions include: • A variety of Bento Box lunch combinations; • Sushi Boats are as wonderful to look at as they are delicious to eat; • Japanese beer and hot sake complement a full bar selection, including domestic and imported wines Sushi Deluxe and beer. www.londontourism.ca
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Kingfisher Coffee Co.
Olive-Me & Co.
The Fire Roasted Coffee Co.
The Pristine Olive Tasting Bar
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The Pristine Olive Tasting Bar
In 2012, Jamie Griffiths (right) launched
The Pristine Olive Tasting Bar, an exciting new concept, with his wife Clara, just two months after their son Reid was born. One of the familyrun store’s popular six-bottle sample packs is named “Reid’s Favourites” and the latest flavour combination has been dubbed “NaturALLY Delicious” in honour of the new member of the family, Ally, who was born in December, 2013.
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live Tasting Bar
Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Bar 462 Cheapside St. (at Maitland) MAP A:
PHONE: 519-433-4444 MON–FRI: 10:30 am –5:30 pm SATURDAY: 10 am –5 pm closed sunday www.thepristineolive.ca email@example.com Extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars: $12–$32 Gourmet oils: $12–$98
THE PRISTINE OLIVE TASTING BAR only carries current crop olive oils from both the Northern and Southern hemisphere. Based on the harvest dates, this guarantees the freshest oils are available to you all year round. Customers have the opportunity to discover their favourite estate-grown, single-variety Ultra Premium (UP)extra virgin olive oils from their selection of Italian, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, Tunisian, Californian, Chilean, Peruvian, South African and Australian oils. Their delicious Traditional-Style Balsamic Vinegar Condimento is aged up to 18 years using the Solera System, and are PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) certified to come from Modena, Italy. The Pristine Olive’s popular balsamic line includes Traditional Balsamic Condimento as well as all-natural infused vinegars such as pomegranate, dark chocolate, fig, strawberry, pineapple, maple and many more! EDUCATION THROUGH EXPERIENCE “Our goal is to educate each customer by allowing them to experience what high quality olive oil should taste like,” says Jamie Griffiths. “But, we also educate the customer on Why it tastes better! We’re bringing London the world’s highest quality extra virgin olive oils. And we can prove it. We pride ourselves on bringing you the freshest UP extra virgin olive oils available. You will always find the unique chemistry and harvest/crush date posted on each of our extra virgin olive oils.” The Pristine Olive’s Ultra Premium extra virgin olive oils define a new category of olive oil which is well beyond the current Extra Virgin standards. The new UP standard (upextravirginoliveoil.com) was developed to define and distinguish the freshest, highest quality olive oil in the world, by separating the “Good” from the “Great” with third party sensory evaluation and credentialed laboratory testing methods. For those who wish to eat healthier, enjoy cooking with superior ingredients, and seek out the many health benefits of consuming authentic extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegar, this is the place for you! Come taste the difference! CULINARY RETAIL
Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils Fused (Agrumato) & Infused Olive Oils Traditional-Style Balsamic Vinegar Condimento Natural-Flavoured Balsamic Vinegars After Hours, Private Tastings Available W
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Olive-Me & Co.
Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Bar
Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first Olive Oil Tasting Bar, Olive-Me & Co. is independently owned and operated by Missy Haggarty. As COO (Chief Olive Officer), Missy selects Certified and Lab-tested products from a world-wide range of artisan producers and offers them to a growing base of appreciative customers.
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Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Bar 1570 Hyde Park Road, Unit # 7 (at Gainsborough) MAP A:
PHONE: 519-471-6548 TUES–FRI: 10 am –6 pm SATURDAY: 10 am –5 pm SUNDAY: 11 am –4 pm closed monday
OLIVE~ME & CO. has a passion for all things olive! Independently-owned and operated by Missy Haggarty, the company brings the freshest available Extra Virgin Olive Oils and finest Balsamic Vinegars from around the world to London, so everyone can enjoy great international cuisine in their own homes. Olive-Me also offers unique Extra-Olive Virgin Oils, original Tapenades and Mustards, and Beauty Products derived from Extra Virgin Olive Oil-derived Beauty Products Olive Oils from a variety of sources. WHY HAVE ANY OTHER WHEN YOU CAN HAVE OLIVE-ME! The European-inspired Tasting Room features an attractive array of large stainless steel fusti tanks which store the extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Customers sample as many flavours as they wish with tasting cups and make their selections. Choose one or more, and even create your own s ignature blend. From the same fusti tanks they sampled from, the oils and vinegars are then hand poured and bottled, hand labeled, freshly corked and foil sealed. FRESHNESS GUARANTEED! By following the northern and southern hemisphere olive crush cycles, Olive-Me is able to source and deliver the freshest oils from some of the finest artisan producers from different countries of origin. In addition to a range of varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oils, you will also find unique flavoured oils including Persian Lime, Blood Orange, Sundried Tomato and Parmesan & Garlic. The same care goes into selecting balsamic vinegars, which range from a beautiful 18-Year-Old Traditional to White Balsamic, Chocolate Raspberry and Garlic Cilantro. Gift Boxes and Bags Available CULINARY RETAIL
London’s First Olive Oil Tasting Room Over 50 Varieties and Flavours of Extra Virgin Olive Oils & Balsamic Vinegars Sourced from the Finest Artisan Producers Worldwide Certified and Lab Tested Custom Labelling Available Free Tasting/Sampling Experience Sample Sizes & Gift Packs Available W
Fresh Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars are stored in an array of stainless steel Fusti Tanks
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Fair Trade Coffee Roastery & Café 900 King Street (SE corner of Dundas & Ontario, on the 2nd Floor of the Western Fair Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market) MAPS A & B:
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CAFÉS: 365 Talbot Street (at King) 138 Wortley Road (at Craig) PHONE: 519-438-5225 ROASTERY HOURS MON–FRI: 9 am –5 pm SATURDAY: 8 am –3 pm
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www.fireroastedcoffee.com firstname.lastname@example.org Canada’s Largest Variety of Coffees Fairtrade Certified Coffees & Teas Order Online 24/7! T W
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Roastings, Tastings, Retail, Wholesale, by the cup, by the bag ... this is the place for lovers of the bean! THE FIRE ROASTED COFFEE COMPANY is widely recognized as one of the country’s finest specialty hand-roasted artisan coffee roasteries, offering the largest selection of coffee in Canada. With genial Owner Dave Cook at the helm, presiding at their Western Fair Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market location and their flagship café across from the Covent Garden Market at King and Talbot Streets, this is the place for serious coffee drinkers. FAIRTRADE CERTIFIED & ORGANIC CERTIFIED Experience expertly roasted single-varietal coffees right on site. The roastery is open for retail and wholesale purchases. Fire Roasted Coffee Company (FRC) roasts over 50 types of beans, including 20 single-origins, decafs and blends. 95% of the coffee selection is Fairtrade Certified, and many are shade-grown as well. FRC stocks coffees from Central America, South America, Africa and Asia. While FRC doesn’t stock fair trade coffee exclusively, fairly traded and organic products get first priority. In the interest of global justice, FRC has established direct trade with producing Certified countries to benefit them in a more substantial way. WHOLE BEAN OR GROUND? As a kindred spirit with home roasters, as that is how FRC started, all coffees are available roasted or unroasted, and as whole bean or ground — whatever your personal preference. TEA TIME AT FRC! A fine line of Fairtrade Certified teas from some of the top plantations in Asia and India has recently been added to the FRC product lineup.
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Habitual Chocolate Roastery
Chocolate Roasters 900 King Street (SE corner of Dundas & Ontario, on the 1st Floor of the Western Fair Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market) MAP A:
CAFÉ: 365 Talbot Street (SW corner of Talbot & King) MAPS A & B:
PHONE: 519-438-5225 www.habitualchocolate.com email@example.com Hand-Crafted Artisan Chocolate Fair Trade & Organic Wholesale and Retail Order Online 24/7! T W La Fauna Series Chocolate Bars HABITUAL CHOCOLATE ROASTERY is London’s purveyor for hand-crafted artisan chocolates made with quality hand-harvested cacao beans. The beans are sourced from a number of small family farms in exotic locales that include: Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Single varietals cacao beans are brought to London, where they are roasted, ground, tempered, blended and moulded in e small batches at a microServed Her facilities in the Western Fair Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market and new satellite location at the corner of Richmond and Talbot Street. The Gourmet Hot Chocolate delicious products showcase the unique tastes, flavours and characteristics of each country of origin.
Hand-Crafted Quality Chocolate
CHOCOLATE: FROM BEAN TO BAR Habitual Chocolate Roasters are purveyors of premium quality, ethical and delicious chocolate — Southwest Ontario’s source for raw, organic, vegan and fair trade chocolate. • Flavour Infused Chocolates • Truffles • Beverages and other Confectionery
Single Varietal Chocolate Bars
A Wide Variety of Truffles
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Fair Trade Artisan Coffee Supplier 4056 Meadowbrook Dr., Unit 105 (Roasting Site) MAP A:
PHONE: 519-652-2259 SALES: 226-378-2259 www.kingfishercoffee.ca firstname.lastname@example.org Fairtrade & Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffees Coffee Service catering to all businesses Available for purchase at Black Walnut Bakery Café and better retail locations across the city Retail Orders also available Online T W
Kingfisher Coffee Co. KINGFISHER COFFEE is committed to providing the best artisan roasted coffee and service to both wholesale and retail customers. Artisan Coffee Roaster Patrick Dunham and partners Wilson and Mandy Etheridge at the BLACK WALNUT BAKERY CAFÉ founded Kingfisher Coffee Co. to develop an incredible coffee service that targets the needs of each customer, whether they be large and small.
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HALCYON DAYS The term “halcyon days,” or “peaceful times,” is associated with a Greek myth and the creation of the kingfisher. Kingfishers are found around the world, which reflects the spread of coffee from Ethiopia to every continent. And birds have long been an important part of conservation and protection in coffee-growing countries, reflected in certifications such as Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and Bird-Friendly. Mandy Etheridge & Patrick Dunham Striving to be a holistic business, Kingfisher Coffee pays tribute to all of this in name and practice. A percentage of the total roast volume every month is donated to shelter programs in and around London. Kingfisher Coffee’s goal is to provide all the coffee that shelters require at no cost. A UNIQUE COFFEE EXPERIENCE Through a long process of roasting and tasting, Kingfisher Coffee Co. have developed 8 incredible blends. Like creating the perfect meal, they use individual beans as ingredients and combine them to come up with a coffee that is more than just the sum of its parts. It is a taste and profile that cannot be found in single varietals. Try Kingfisher Dark, Kingfisher Medium, Kingfisher Smooth, Kingfisher Balanced, Kingfisher Decaf or Halcyon Espresso. New blends will be announced shortly. Kingfisher has also already created many private label blends. Will yours be next? www.londontourism.ca
A Feast of Kitchen Essentials JillsTable_TasteLondon.pdf
115 King Street (at Talbot)
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PHONE: 519-645-1335 MON–FRI: 9:30 am–6 pm SATURDAY: 8 am–6 pm www.jillstable.ca Superior Kitchenware Unique Specialty Foods Outstanding Selection of Oils and Vinegars W
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Proprietor Jill Wilcox LONDON’S DESTINATION FOR FOOD LOVERS Excellent product knowledge and customer service are the hallmarks of JILL’S TABLE, where owner Jill Wilcox and her team offer the best products for people who share their passion for the kitchen and the joy of a well-prepared meal. You’ll find a wide array of unique specialty foods, including one of the best selections of oils and vinegars; superior kitchenware, including Le Creuset, Emile Henry and All-Clad; as well as many Canadianmade items, including The Garlic Box products, Touche Bakery cookies and Savvy Chef mustards. Jill’s Table also features unique, hand-crafted wood products from local artists.
Cooking classes are held in the evenings and feature well-known local and international chefs. A wide range of pre-designed and custom gift baskets are a convenient way of giftgiving for any occasion, and gift cards are available for that hard-to-buy-for person. An award recipient of the prestigious CGTA Retailer of the Year and recent London Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award for small business, Jill’s Table is the perfect destination for seasoned and novice cooks alike.
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Dan Murphy, Field Gate Organics
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Farmers’ Market 900 King Street at Ontario and Dundas Streets MAP A:
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Anything Grows Seed Co.
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Western Fair Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market WESTERN FAIR FARMERS’ & ARTISANS’ MARKET proprietor Dave Cook is among the most revolutionary and original culinary entrepreneurs in the city. Cook’s social enterprise company, The Artisan Group, owns and operates several Londonbased food companies: The Fire Roasted Coffee Company, Western Fair Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market (WFFAM), Masonville Farmers’ Market, as well as the bean-to-bar urban specialty chocolate manufacturer Habitual Chocolate. In the process of pursuing his passion, Cook embraced the relationship between social purpose, healthy food access and the subsequent economic and community development. His latest endeavours are the Fire Roasted Coffee Company Café and Habitual Chocolate flagship location at King and Talbot and the new Fire Roasted Café in London’s Wortley Village. THE HEART OF OLD EAST VILLAGE The Western Fair Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market continues the weekly tradition of “Saturday Market Days.” Located in the heart of Old East Village, at the historic Confederation building, the WFFAM has established itself as a leading specialty food retailer, pioneering business incubator, neighbourhood social centre and vital community tradition. The WFFAM is a popular destination for local residents and nearby communities, as well as tourists. The WFFAM attracts chefs, cooks and “foodies” in search of a wide variety of unique products and ingredients. Market-goers love the Market because they can buy high-quality; farm-fresh products directly from the person who produced them and can find specialty products they won’t discover anywhere else in the city. The local community loves the Market because it brings people together and has helped transform a former culinary desert into a hive of productivity, attracting entrepreneurs, culinary artisans and innovative thinkers to an emerging walk-able food district. The Market serves as an anchor for community life by providing a setting for interactive cultural and civic activities that complement the Market and its location in London’s Old East Village. WHAT’S IN SEASON IS ONLY ONE REASON All year long, you will find fresh produce, some of it organic, even in the winter: fresh local apples, pears, Brussels sprouts and other cabbages (red, green and savoy),
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delicious root vegetables such as parsnips, beets, carrots and potatoes and sweet potatoes, and a large variety of winter squash. Come spring, when fiddleheads and asparagus emerge, through summer and the Café Bourgeois autumn harvest season, the Market is alive with fresh berries, greens and local produce of every kind, picked at the optimum time for flavour and goodness, ready for your table.
Downie Street Bake House BUTCHER, BAKER ... CHEESEMAKER? Today, market-goers enjoy a variety of products that include the finest in seasonal produce, fresh-cut flowers, dry goods, gourmet sauces and condiments, locally-milled grains, speciality teas and fair trade coffee and chocolate. Locally-raised products from area butchers, fresh poultry, and a variety of artisanal delicatessen and charcuterie are on offer. Fresh local fish, free-run eggs and quality dairy products are available, including delectable artisanal cheeses and fresh pasta. Traditional culinary favourites include local delicacies, homemade regional sausages, apple fritters, fresh handpressed cider, organic popcorn, birch syrup and pure-Ontario maple products. The market also has an unsurpassed variety of artisan
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bakers who Masonville Farmers’ Market have mastered has evolved into a hub of over 40 a palette of local area, farmers, artisans and flavours, working food vendors. Conveniently located with high quality in North London at the southwest ingredients corner of Fanshawe Park Road and age-old and Richmond Street, next to the and innovative Hakim’s Optical store, there is plenty techniques. of free parking in the Masonville From EuropeanPlace Mall lot. Organized by the Western Fair Farmers & Artisans’ style pastries Market, you can be sure to find to artisanal and excellent purveyors providing highspecialty breads, quality seasonal produce. What’s rolls and even the difference between a Certified pretzels, it’s all Organic carrot and one that is on offer year ethically grown, versus the carrot round. There are you buy in a bag at a regular grocery also specialty store? Ask the farmer! bakers and a Fridays, 8 am –2 pm, May–October variety of vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free and reduced-sugar and -salt baked goods. Authentic ethnic cuisines (think farm-to-table, East Indian, Tibetan, Salvadorian, Mexican, Polish, Dutch and Hungarian) are featured prominently, as well as other specialty food vendors and food stalls showcasing the multi-cultural diversity of the community. MORE REASONS TO SHOP LOCALLY The Second Floor Artisan’s Market also features unique and talented craftspeople, artists and artisans, offering an eclectic roster of distinctive and locally handcrafted products, fine jewellery, collectibles, antiques and one-ofa-kind services. Family-friendly entertainment includes an appealing range of local musicians. There is great shopping on the second floor, with an organic juice bar and over 40 permanent vendors providing warm personalized service.
WESTERN FAIR FARMERS’ & ARTISANS’ MARKET
Covent Garden Market
130 King Street (at Talbot) MAPS A & B:
PHONE: 519-439-3921 HOURS: MON–THUR 8 am –6 pm FRI: 8 am –7:30 pm SAT: 8 am –6 pm SUN: 11 am –4 pm www.coventmarket.com Underground Parking Outdoor Farmers’ Market In the Market Square HOURS: THURS & SAT 8 am –6 pm May to November The COVENT GARDEN MARKET, in its third incarnation, was rebuilt in its present location in 2000. Located downtown at the junction of King and Talbot Streets, it is a strong attraction for locals and out-oftown guests alike. The original market building, established in 1845, a handsome and stately affair, was once the subject of a bucolic oil painting by local artist Paul Peel. Today, the Covent Garden Market remains one of the city’s most venerated cultural landmarks and the heart and soul of the downtown area.
On market days in earlier times, farmers travelled over back-country roads to sell from their wagons at Market Square. Meat was sold from covered booths inside the market building, and a large pot-bellied stove provided heat in the winter months. Market-goers and farmers were brought together to barter on sawdust-covered floors, where everything and anything was for sale. In the 1880s, a collection of shops just east of the market building was known as the Market Bazaar, selling anything “from a needle to an anchor.” By 1905, these buildings had been torn down and “con men, jugglers, musicians, magicians, medicine men and preachers” reportedly made pitches in the open square. Covent Garden Market, which was named, like many local landmarks, after the original in London, England, retains a strong sense of London’s early history and tradition. In the 1950s, the historic stately building was replaced by an enclosed market and parking garage, which were completed in 1956, with two levels added for parking in 1958. Despite all the changes, several longtime merchant families have served the market public for generations, including the Smiths since 1887 and the Havaris
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family since 1910. Hasbeans, operated by the hospitable Smith family, have been market merchants for more than 125 years, and their coffee business continues to be a hands-on affair with Paul (3rd generation), Debbie (4th) and Joel — the unofficial market goodwill ambassador (5th). Today, the Covent Garden Market Christine Scheer, Covent Garden remains the heart Farmers’ Market Manager of the city, where gourmet, artisanal and wholesome, farm-fresh quality can be found daily. Ask Bob Usher, the market’s personable CEO, and the President of the London Downtown Business Association, about some of the city’s best selection of organic foods, award-winning meats (Fieldgate Farms), ethnic foods (a long list!), the largest assortment of cheese (thanks to Glenda Smith) in Southwestern Ontario, confectionery, chocolatiers, market-roasted coffees, and a wide selection of seasonal fresh cut flowers. You’ll be amazed with the variety of ethnic, gourmet and specialty foods you can purchase, which showcase the multi-cultural diversity of our community.
Introduce yourself to Chris Doris of Doris Family Produce — he’s the one who can help you find those hard-to-get quince in season, when Persian Chicken is the order of the day. Kleiber’s is another longtime fixture at the Market and has built a reputation for carrying a large array of authentic European delicacies, including quality ingredients from Germany, Holland, Poland and elsewhere in the EU. Owner Anna Turkiewicz is also well-known to the downtown lunch crowd for her homemade soups, schnitzels and sausages. And this is only a very short list of all the interesting and exciting vendors who give the Market its unique character and personality. Covent Garden Market also houses several excellent restaurants, such as UpFront at the Market, Waldo’s on King Bistro and Wine Bar, and Tanakaya. Amy Shackleton, Covent Garden Market Executive Assistant / Events CoOrdinator will tell you that arts and culture are the focus of the market’s mezzanine, where a number of local artists and cultural organizations are located, and there’s even a community kitchen, an art school and a theatre. On Thursdays and Saturdays, Farmer/Chef/Instructor Christine Sheer manages the outdoor Farmers’ Market which offers fresh, friendly and local food to you outside on the square from May to December. Share the passion for locally-grown food direct from local farmers, growers and producers. The vendors selling at the Farmers’ Market are people involved in producing what they are selling, and they would be happy to answer any of your questions. As in the days of old, market days are full of enticing surprises, adding an element of discovery to the consistent daily providence of Covent Garden Market.
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Food Festivals Celebrating Our Culinary Heritage
The Beer & BBQ Show
London Wine & Food Show
London Wine and Food Show January 2015 www.westernfairdistrict.com The Western Fair’s London Wine and Food Show receives accolades from industry insiders, exhibitors and patrons. This annual event showcases London’s and Southwestern Ontario’s culinary culture. Expect a delicious mix of all that interests informed food and wine connoisseurs and just regular folk who like great food, with a generous helping of food connoisseurs and wine experts, tasting seminars, cooking demonstrations, divine sampling opportunities and informative exhibits. The real fun is in trying new tastes. Stroll over to a booth, and taste a signature entrée from one of London’s finest restaurants. Once you’ve finished your first go-round of tasting, drop by one of the tasting seminars or the demonstration stage and enjoy the show. Every year, the talent is different. Many of the city’s culinary heavyweights are present, and the selection of local restaurants highlights the diversity of London’s culinary culture.
The Beer & BBQ Show
June 20–22, 2014 The Beer & BBQ Show follows on the success of the London Wine and Food Show. This year, expect an even larger showcase of many fine craft brews from across southwestern Ontario. Outstanding BBQ grill masters from local and area restaurants grace the stage to prepare sumptuous entrees, patio appetizers and beach-side buffets. Cicerones and brew masters will also be highlighted, educating you on better beers and appropriate food pairings. Plus, cheer on your favourite local celeb as they compete in the BBQ Cook-Off. Who will be crowned the Grill Master?! What is a summer barbeque without some wholesome backyard games and music? Bocce ball, horse shoes, and volleyball show-downs will go-down in our “backyard oasis.” Local bands and musicians will add atmosphere to the summer soiree. We haven’t forgotten our guests who wet their whistle with alternate brews, the show offers a great selection of alternative beers, wines, spirits, mock-tails and munchies.
www.londonlicious.ca Londonlicious is a bi-annual festival — winter and summer — that invites you to live it up in one of your favourite restaurants and try some new ones. Organizers have worked hard to ensure you’ll have a great experience and travel the world in culinary style. It’s cheaper than flying... and there’s no full-body scan! Londonlicious has over 35 restaurants participating, each with its own unique, delicious prix fixed-menu options.
A Big Italian Kitchen Party
Thursday, April 3, 2014 www.bethanyshope.org/MKP-2013.html A fundraising gala event for Bethanys Hope Foundation, the charitable organization, launched by Lindey and Dave McIntyre, raises money for Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) research. With the help of some of London’s “A List” chefs, Smith’s “interactive musical evening of food, friends and flavour” unfolds at the London Convention Centre.
Tastings at the London Hunt and Country Club May 8, 2014 www.tastings.lhsf.ca Tastings, an annual black tie fundraiser for London Health Sciences Foundation, is one of the premier wine and food events in South-western Ontario. The nectar of the grape is complemented by tapas-style dining. Every year, London’s top toques serve up culturallyinspired dishes to match world class wines. The black tie event is held at the London Hunt and Country Club and features one of London’s most elegant epicurean experiences. Money raised will support translational cancer research at London Health Sciences Centre London Regional Cancer Program. A World-Class Wine and Food Experience!
Fiesta London! Mexican Festival Sunday June 8. 2014 www.fiestalondon.ca London’s Hispanic Signature event provides a chance to explore Mexican & Latin American food, art and music. Highlights include a Jalapeño Eating contest, Taco Eating contest, an El Grito Mexicano contest, and the Mucho Macho contest. Held in the Covent Garden Market square. FOOD FESTIVALS
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Caliente Festival Hispano
TBA www.calientefestivalhispano.com This yearly event celebrates and brings together more than 20 Spanish cultures in Victoria Park. Celebrate and share the folklore, gastronomy, and heritage of Hispanic culture. The park comes alive with vibrant Hispanic bands and multicolour performances. Enjoy the exquisite cuisine and the offerings of excellent artists and vendors. The day is designed for family fun and admission is free.
London International Food Festival
June 20–22, 2014 www.canadasbiggestparty.com A weekend festival for your taste buds. Enjoy food from around the world with over 55 food vendors offering a diversity of multi-cultural specialties. Listen to live music, and shop local vendors at Victoria Park, London.
NEW! Food & Beer Festival
Details TBA. Outside at the Covent Garden Market Square. August 8 & 9, 2014.
July 31–August 4, 2014 www.canadasbiggestparty.com This festival is the first Ribfest in Canada, featuring 10 Rib Teams battling it out for awards and bragging rights. This festival also features a large Home Show in Victoria Park, foods from different cultures, six stages, 75 bands and amusement rides.
August 22–24, 2014 www.festaitaliana.ca Festa Italiana is one of London’s “marquee” events and also one of the city’s liveliest and most anticipated festivals. It is a three-day celebration of Italian culture, cuisine, music, dance and more. Each year, the popular event attracts over 35,000 attendees. Festa Italiana organizers are proud to share and showcase all that is Italian with the people of Ontario. The market square at the Covent Garden Market is transformed into an authentic Italian “piazza,” so attendees can drink in the sights and savour the authentic sounds and tastes of true Italian culture for three spectacular days.
Acknowledgements PROJECT TEAM Bryan Lavery and Chris McDonell, with the assistance of Mike Bell and Cecilia Buy. Thanks also for support from Marco Di Carlo (Velocity Studio), Suzie Oliveira (Tourism London), Gary Rowsell and Sue Gordon. PHOTOGRAPHY Steve Grimes took all of the original photography for this project, going above and beyond expectations. www.grimesphoto.com Thanks to many of the businesses involved for providing additional images for this guide.
PROJECT ASSISTANCE This project would not have been realized without the assistance and support of John Winston and Marty Rice from Tourism London. FRONT COVER Our cover image was prepared and photographed by Chef Jesse Serratore — pan-seared scallops, red and white quinoa with smoked salmon mousse, sautéed chanterelles, spinach and dill coulis, poached egg and lemon drops — at The River Room Café and Private Dining.
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