Twitter Handle: @Weslodge
Address: 480 King St. W, Toronto, ON
When I visited: January 2015, Winterlicious
I first heard of Weslodge on an episode of Top Chef Canada and I have been dying to visit. Thank you to my blogger friend Linda (@integrityfilms) for organizing a lunch and making the visit happen. The modern day saloon is stunning with high ceilings and large windows.
My friends and I took advantage of the Winterlicious pre fixe lunch for only $23.
To start, I ordered the baby romaine with jalapeno buttermilk and corn crunch with French beans. I did not notice any heat from the jalapeno peppers but got lots of strong sweet corn flavour.
For my main, I ordered the cornmeal crusted catfish with frisee, lardon and tartare butter sauce. Although the fish was cooked beautifully with the light crispy crust, the portion was way too small for a big eater like me.
Luckily, my generous foodie friends gave up some of their lunch to share with me. I got to split half a scotch egg, which were the best scotch eggs I have eaten to-date. What makes this scotch egg stand out is that it uses the delicate quail egg. The soft boiled egg is surrounded by freshly ground sausage meat and a thin crispy crust, served with a sweet tomato jam . The egg is normally $5 on their menu and is worth every bite.
I also got to eat half of my friend’s wild mushroom ragu with housemade tagliatelle and crispy kale. I enjoyed the lightness of the tomato sauce. Linda had the shaved brisket sandwich and she thoroughly enjoyed her dish.
As for the dessert, the lime curd cheese cake really hit the spot. I loved the presentation, the crunchy salted pretzel bits and the light cheesecake. This was perfect!
This was a wonderful restaurant to check out for Winterlicious!
Although I enjoyed my lunch, I much preferred the appetizer and main that my other friends had ordered instead. The atmosphere and the delicious scotch eggs will keep me coming back.