Summerlicious is on around the city right now; it began Friday, July 3rd and runs to the 26th. There are 210 restaurants around the city with various fixed-price offerings for the annual eating event. Ossington only has one restaurant participating – The Saint Tavern. They have some excellent choices for $25 with their 3-course menu for the promotion as follows:
Wedge Salad – Buttermilk Dressing, Pickled Vegetables, Bacon Praline
Chilled Pea Soup Smoked Salmon Tartare, Mint Pesto
Reuben Sausage Choucroute Onions, Russian Dressing Creme Fraiche
Saint Cheeseburger American Cheese, Dill Relish, Bone Marrow Aioli, Fries
Steelhead Trout Roasted Fingerlings, Brown Butter Cream, Watercress Salad
Slow Cooked Pork Jowl – Brussels Sprout, Caesar, Poached Duck Egg, Bacon
Lemon Posset Fruit Preserve, Chantilly Cream
Triple Chocolate Brownie with Burnt Marshmallow and Salted Caramel
Sorbet -Daily Selection
Other Summerlicious offerings within walking distance include: Church Aperitivo Bar at (Dovercourt and Queen), Bestellen (College around Ossington), and Lisbon by Night (Dundas, east of Trinity Bellwoods Park).
On July 1st, Fishbar, which opened May 2011, was closed with the door locked and a landlord notice of possession on the door. When Fishbar opened, it was the first place on the street to offer oysters as well as a selection of sustainable seafood choices. Obviously, since then we’ve a a number of additions, including Rock Lobster and the well-attended buck-a-shuck offerings of Boehmer and The Saint Tavern. In our recent visits to the restaurant it had been fairly busy, but not drawing the crowds it did in the first year of operation. The space at 217 Ossington is renovated nicely, so we predict it will be filled by another restaurant soon.