Friday, May 9, 2008

30. Ireland: Whelan's Gate

1663 Bloor Street West
416 531 1311

An Irish pub with local regulars, a short walk from Keele subway station. Their website boasts of fifteen beers on tap, an extensive scotch list and the 'best' Irish whiskey selection in town.
Our dinners from the main menu were:
Fish and Chips [pictured above] - Kilkenny battered fish served with chips and a bit of salad , $12.95 ; Whelan's Nachos - tortilla chips with onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, diced bell peppers, melted cheddar and Monterrey Jack Cheeses $11.95 and a side order of beef chili for an extra $3.00 ( the nachos were over-grilled and a lot of the cheese was welded to the paper lining the tray); Veggie Curry - chickpeas with veg in a hot & tasty sauce, rice and flat bread on the side. From the specials list: Seafood platter- scallops, shrimp, tuna and calamari (the calamari served in one large piece off the grill, was overwhelming. Cut it into strips or rings would have been more manageable), $12.95, and the Polynesian Chicken [pictured below], by far the best dinner of the lot, $9.95.
We were tempted by the Guinness pecan pie $4.95, apple pie and ice cream for dessert, none of which was exceptional.
Service was fairly prompt if a little brusque. We arrived at 18:00 on a Friday evening, when it was fairly quiet, but it soon got busy. The connection of the menu and ambiance to Ireland is somewhat tenuous. Food and beverage total for eight people was $229.39 before tip.
Rating: Ambiance (2)
Service (3)
Food Presentation (2)
Food Quality (2)
Value for Money (2)

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