The Saint Tavern
If you don’t know what Summerlicious is (how could you?), it’s the perfect chance for a simpleton like myself to get a taste of the finer things in Toronto. On my list for a while, I decided to give The Saint Tavern a try (or “The Saint” as any Queen West-er would call it). As part of Summerlicious, they are offering a three course dinner for $28, not too shabby. Let’s get to it.
For an appetizer, I ordered the Tongue on Toast (regular menu price $7). Generally, Summerlicious portions are a little on the smaller side. This is not the case at The Saint. While the tongue mostly just tasted like grocery store Mortadella, the sauce Gribache sprinkled atop gave it a refreshing touch.
The Saint is known for their Saint Cheeseburger (regular menu price $18), so naturally I had to try it. The bun was perfectly toasted, giving it a nice crunch. While we were warned the patty was to be cooked medium, there was no pink throughout the meat. The sauce on the burger seemed familiar, and a couple bites in I realized it tasted exactly like Mac Sauce. I guess you could say it was an upmarket Big Mac.
For dessert, I ordered the Banana Split (not offered on the regular menu). Half a banana with strawberry ice cream and whip cream, making it taste like my childhood, in a good way.
What’s a good meal without a little (or a lot) of booze? To drink I ordered the Artful Dodger ($12). Although it was a 2.75 oz. cocktail, it didn’t taste overwhelmingly boozy and was quite refreshing.
Overall, the atmosphere of the restaurant was great, friendly and constant service and good vibes all around. Despite choosing their most popular dish, the meal was rather mediocre.