Review: Farmhouse Tavern

Located at 1627 Dupont St. is the Farmhouse Tavern. Hubby and I decided to check it out tonight. We took the TTC so that hubby could have some drinks – it’s only a few minutes by bus from Dundas West station (take the 40 bus). We managed to score seats out on the sidewalk patio. Inside is rustic, keeping in line with the Farmhouse Tavern theme. No paper menus are provided – everything is listed on the chalk boards on the wall inside.

The deal is that everything is as local as possible. I tried the cab ($11) from Foreign Affair Winery in Niagara while hubby had a beer. We shared the Ploughman’s Platter ($23) which was really good. It comes with pork belly, smoked oysters, pickled duck egg, radish & parsley, pate, and two cheeses. I asked the waiter what the cheeses were, but he was not really certain. He said the one that was similar to Niagara Gold was the Lancaster; however, neither of them tasted like Niagara Gold. The smoked oysters were tasty and I loved the pork belly. It was the perfect texture for me. The pickled duck egg was delightful – a little pickled but still rich and creamy. Whatever the cheeses were, they were good too and I especially enjoyed the one in the middle. This is a great sharing dish and I highly recommend it.

For our mains, we both ordered the steak and fries. The steak was PERFECTLY cooked and flavourful. It came with a small bowl of jus and on a bed of fries. Fries were crisp and not overly greasy. Hubby ordered his rare and I had mine medium rare. I would order this again. Apologies for the blurry image – it was getting dark and we didn’t use flash.

My only criticism would be the wait time for the food. It was painfully slow. They might need more kitchen staff. It would also have been helpful (and nice) if our waiter could have taken a moment to tell us what was on the Ploughman’s Platter rather than setting it down and running off. But overall, our waiter very friendly.

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