L’ouvrier – Trinity Bellwoods, TO

Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto

L’ouvrier was a last minute brunch decision over the weekend; I wasn’t sure what to expect except that it had a pretty appetizing menu. After arriving we waited a short while for a table and I had a quick chat with the waitress about the idea behind L’ouvrier. It’s based on contemporary Canadian cuisine that’s sourced as locally as possible, ideally within 100km of Toronto

We got seated and placed our orders, my friend ordered the French toast while I went for the potato rosti with smoked trout and we decided to share their grilled cheese, I also ordered extra house hot sauce and an extra pickle to go with it.

All the food came out at once and the grilled cheese caught my eye; it was served oozing cheese and a mound of fries.


I started with the rosti; it was served with smoked Lovell Springs trout, sour cream, arugula, fried shallots and capers, it was a really fresh and clean meal for something centred on a circle of fried potato. To fully enjoy the dish it’s best when you’ve mixed it and get a bite of everything together.


I tried a bit of my friends French toast and he and I agreed that it was also very clean, no oily skillet taste and it didn’t leave you feeling like you’re eating something you’ll regret. My only problem was that was too simple, not a large amount of flavour from the egg soak and served very lightly with maple although the bacon did help, still, something that I couldn’t justify paying for.


Lastly the Grilled cheese, served with smoked west grey brisket, Montreal spice, mustard call on house made k2 milling rye bread, the sandwich was full of flavour, layers of cheese and juicy brisket were a perfect match on their dense bread; in the end more like a pressed Reuben sandwich but still a great order; the fries, hot sauce and pickles were on point, all house made and also absolutely delicious.


I was impressed with 2/3 of the dishes I had at L’ouvrier; simple, slightly contemporary and delectable food, there’s no doubt I will be heading back and try dinner there sometime.

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The Saints Tavern – Trinity Bellwoods, TO

The Saint Tavern
Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto

I was on my way home when I saw a picture of the pierogi’s from The Saint Tavern; and, coincidentally my bus was on a short run and stopped just outside it. I took this opportunity to have an early dinner and catch the last of the Jays game.

The Saint Tavern labels itself as a gastropub, it boasts a casual vibe with a sleek and upscale tavern like interior, dimly lit and housing rows of tables and elegant leather booths all while having a couple of TV’s to keep it’s pub like name.


Onto the food, and their whole goddamn menu looks incredible; I knew I was getting the pierogi’s from the get go but the sheer choice of food made me question what else I should be eating; to name a few they had fried chicken, a bone marrow burger, duck nuggets; steak tartare and a whole bunch more.

I ordered the pierogi’s and their hanger steak done rare, an 8oz piece served with thyme butter and nothing else. It was early so the bartender and I got to talking and he threw in a free oyster as well; the freshness and flavour of the mignonette was great and a really good way to start the meal.


The food came out fairly promptly, I mean I was 1 of 4 people in the place that early, I started with the steak; a phenomenally charred and rare piece of grassfed beef, the hanger, known for being bolder in flavour while retaining a decent bite to it, was exactly that; a lovely meaty and beefy flavour profile with the tenderness being good for the cut.


The smokiness and saltiness were both liberal but not excessive while the butter atop added a final layer of creaminess. It also came with their house sauce which I don’t believe was need nor too my liking.


The pierogi’s were not only stuffed with cheese, cabbage and pork belly but also served with a herbed sour cream, caramelized onions and lardons. These were some next level pierogi’s, Thick cased multi ingredient fillies and grilled to perfection. The onions and lardons were exceptional on top; a hint of apple coming from the lardons making it pair so well with the richness of the dish. The waiter brought out some hot sauce for me to try with the pierogi’s, explaining to me it’s a butter based sauce, on it’s own I wasn’t its biggest fan but with the pierogi’s it was dynamite, a great tang to top off all the flavours present.


The Saint Tavern is definitely doing something special; a likable and inviting atmosphere with elegant, classic and affordable food, my whole dinner cost $34 before tip. I will be back and there will be an update to this post!

Flavour – 8.9

Tenderness – 5.7

How well it’s cooked – 8.8

Overall – 7.8

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