This week was full of restaurant openings making a splash in the city. Tuesday night we were privy to a tasting at the new Danforth hot spot, 417 Restaurant & Lounge, which officially opened its doors last night. And on Wednesday night, we were invited to the opening of Weslodge, the new Western saloon inspired restaurant on King West by restaurant/club moguls Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harij.
First off, I must point out the huge yellow doors that one cannot help but notice when walking or driving down King West. Beautifully detailed, these doors open into a fantastic space outfitted in elements that you would find in a 1930’s Wild West saloon. From the chairs to the old style armoires, the designers obviously put a lot of thought into the décor and created a modern saloon for Toronto’s nightlife strip. Clever.
The drinks? Amazing – they were serving the “weslodge” signature drink made up of gin, house-made tonic and fresh lemon. YUM. The food? Really, really delicious. Through the glass kitchen windows, you can see the chefs working meticulously which is somewhat mesmerizing. I tried a couple of things and now cannot wait to take Adam there for a proper sit down review. We tried the scotch egg with chorizo, tomato jam and truffle – this was my first bite and it was fantastic. We also tried the mini burgers that were super juicy and full of flavour, a fluke ceviche with tapioca, yuzu, radish and dill oil, as well as the highlight of my night; the fried Bourbon Cornish hen with black kale and corn – OMG this was one of the best bites I’ve ever had! I have to say there was nothing that was just “ok”.
It was all fabulous and I think if they can keep this up, Weslodge will be the new Toronto hot spot for both food and vibe. I personally cannot wait to go back. Rumor has it they are launching their brunch menu this Sunday and it will be unlike anyone in Toronto has ever seen. I know where I’ll be brunching on Sunday.