Eat: The Peasant Table

This is kind of a 2-in-1 post, which works in my favour as I’m trying to catch up on posts before my trip to Hong Kong and Taiwan. It’s a rarity that I go to a restaurant twice in the same week; brunch was already decided and I was invited to join on a dinner tasting by a foodie friend.

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The Peasant Table is a Italian restaurant/gastropub in Leslieville, serving rustic Italian dish in a modern way. They do have vegetarian and vegan dishes.

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Insalata di Pere ($10) – Italian bitter greens, poached pears, walnuts, orange citrus vinaigrette. This is a vegan-friendly dish. The dressing was light and not too tart, really well paired with some of the bitter greens.

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Fritti ($10) – black ink cod fritters and smoked paprika aioli. Okay, it doesn’t look appealing; lumps of coal or well, poop. Whatever, it was good. the cod was flaky and the aioli had a bit of a kick to it.

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Animelle ($10) – crispy provimi veal sweetbreads, truffle honey mustard, and cabbage-celery slaw. This is my first time having sweetbreads and it’s not what I expected with the texture. I thought that it would be like liver, but it’s quite tender and with no off-taste. It’s well-paired with the tart cabbage-celery slaw.

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At least the #onthetable shot makes the fritti look less unappealing… 😉

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Cinghiale ($19) – wild boar meat balls in sugo, grilled polenta, pistachios, and goat cheese. Really delicious, minus the fact that it has goat cheese, which I brushed off.

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Brodetto ($24) – shrimps, calamari, octopus, clams, cherry tomatoes, white wine chili sauce, and crostini

When it came to their brunch menu, it’s not as exciting as their dinner menu. I didn’t really find anything interesting, which made it hard to pick something order when nothing makes you go “ooh! I want that!”. Came here with my Jens for our catch-up/late birthday gathering for Jennt.

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Benedict of the Day featured salmon fishcake ($17)

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Veggie Benedict ($14) – grilled tomato, spinach, marinated artichokes, poached eggs, cayenne hollandaise, and naan.

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Bacon Crepe (2 for $12) – smoked bacon, sauteed spinach, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella (omitted).

Overall the dinner is delicious, but pricey for the portion. The brunch menu is underwhelming compared to other brunch spots in Leslieville.

The Peasant Table
782 Queen St. E
Toronto, ON
M4M 1H4

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