Thursday, September 20, 2012


Whether you love it or hate it (I personally love it) it is hard to miss these tall, glossy yellow doors at Weslodge (Twitter: @Weslodge, Facebook: Weslodge). Located on King West, this "modern saloon" opened its eye-catching doors in July offering lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch as well as an extensive list of cocktails (strong fruity drinks for me here!)

The decor at Weslodge is quite neat; the "traditional old west" meets "updated parlor saloon" theme can be found throughout the restaurant (not surprising really, it is Ink Entertainment after all and they always know how to make a statement when it comes to interior design) Oh and bartenders also have gun holsters on their shoulders :) In contrast to what you may think (I was also guilty of this at first) Weslodge is not all about looks, at least in my opinion - I've been to Weslodge several times for food and each time I left pretty satisfied.

Gentlemen's Quarterly - Bombay Sapphire Gin, Chartreuse, Benedictine, Absinthe, Grapefruit Bitters ($16)

Scotch Egg - Chorizo + Tomato Jam + Black Truffle ($5)

Buffalo Tartar - Pickled Mustard Seed + Egg + Foie Gras + Sour Dough ($15)

Halibut - Clam Tomato Fumet + House Lardon + Crisp Leek ($26)

Fried Bourbon Cornish Hen - Chantrelle + Black Kale + Corn ($22)

Weslodge Burger - Tomatillo Relish + Taleggio + House Pickle + Hand Cut Fries ($18)

Both the scotch egg and buffalo tartar were good. I had the burger as my main and it was cooked to a nice medium rare (what I asked for); it was juicy and tender with a somewhat "crumbly" texture. The fries, I must emphasize, were excellent. I had a bite of my friend's cornish hen and it was extremely moist and flavourful. On another visit, I had the opportunity to try Weslodge's fluke ceviche (delicious!), dry aged rib eye with marrow bone and lemon parfait for dessert - again, all well received.

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