Alright, I lied. Fabricca was not the last Summerlicious, but this was not planned at all.
I took a day off on Thursday and intruded on other people’s lunch plans (thanks, Jenny!). It was nice seeing a friend who also recently came back from teaching in Asia. We originally chose to Archeo in the Distillery District for their $15 Summerlicious lunch, but they were closed for a private event which is all too common for restaurant in the area. Alternatively, we went to Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill for their $20 Summerlicious lunch menu, which for $5 more, is a little similar to Archeo’s
We all ordered the Mussels Provencal with white wine, tomatoes and herbs to start. For an appetizer, it was a good size and the mussels were not miniscule (I am looking at you, Midi Bistro!).
For the main, I went with the Sun Dried Tomato Ravioli with mushrooms, zucchini, toasted walnuts and arugula pesto. Did not expect cheese to be added but it did not affect the entire dish.
Cod And Chips with creamy dill coleslaw and homemade tartar sauce
Morrocan Spiced Grilled Chicken Sandwich with babaganoush, cucumber and mint yoghurt dressing.
Lemon Yoghurt Tart with summer berry coulis
Spiced Apple Galette with sour cream and cornmeal crust
Trio of Lemon, Raspberry And Mango Sorbets.
Service was slow, and there were times when we got a little impatient because our server was no where to be found. Admittedly, we did ask for a few extra minutes prior to ordering, and when our server asked if we wanted our desserts as one of my friend who have yet to finish his sandwich, we asked for a few extra minutes as well. However, the wait between courses and even for the bill was a little excruciatingly long.
It also didn’t help that we talked about how restaurants in Asia places your bill on the table the same time they serve your food, and how there are buttons which you can press to call a server over. Oh well.
Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill
17 Tank House Lane
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4