June 29: Farmhouse Tavern ★★★★★
Eccentricity is in the air at far-away joint a stone throw from the Junction. The patio has a beer garden feel; inside is a rustic “farmhouse”. The menu is scratched onto chalkboards and includes such favourites as the barnyard burger and a gargantuan rib-eye on cutting board. A duck trio “threesome” of prosciutto, egg and foie gras was a roundup of Ontario delicacies. The mains came so resplendent that they required no instagram filter. The trout looked like it floated upon a Pikmin pond with petals and blotches. The braised lamb was cubed, battered and fried. Cutting it open, the lamb effortlessly blends in with the “Victoria secret” pink of the beets – whole, cubed and puréed. It is at the intersection of pure lightness and tenderness. It is Ontario ingredients set to Ontario cooking, unfussy and perfect.
A Threesome $21
Fish dish [trout] $22
Braised Lamb $23