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Showing posts with label beef patty. Show all posts

Allwyn’s Bakery (Toronto) for delivery

Note: Prices in post are based on Ubereats and may differ for other delivery services

After ordering delivery so many times, you learn that you need to heat it up. Unless you easily burn your tongue or like mildly hot food, a quick nuke in the microwave improves the meal by miles releasing aromas and returning the dish closer to its original state.

I wasn’t going to order from Allwyn’s Bakery and not try their famous stuffed sandwich ($7.50). Admittedly, I may have re-heated it a bit too long at 30 seconds or should have thought to remove the coleslaw and re-stuff the bun, as something about warm coleslaw tastes odd.

Who cares, as this sandwich is really good. When you take thick pieces of juicy jerk chicken and crunchy coleslaw and put it into a beef patty that’s sandwiched between a soft fluffy coco bread it makes a tasty combination. With the spicy beef patty, the sandwich has a tingly heat, but since there’s so much coleslaw everything is tempered and the sauces meld into flavourful bites. Just grab a large napkin as this baby is messy to eat.

The oxtail ($11.85 for the small) has such a nice rich flavour, the spices seeping into the meat. Which made the rice and peas such a disappointment when you’re met with a mouth full of a colourful but tasteless carbs. Where is the lovely gravy? Did someone forget to spoon some on before closing the lid? The gravy is why I order oxtail! Note to self: ask for extra gravy next time, for now add some salt and call it a day.

Allwyn’s redeemed themself with the jerk chicken wings ($7.85 for ½ lb) a flavour bomb that’s only available during the weekend. Perhaps a touch overdone, they were nonetheless well marinated with seasoning infused throughout the wing. I could seriously eat a whole pound of these if I had a glass of milk by my side.

Having Allwyn’s in the comfort of your own home is the way to go. You got to get handsy with the stuffed sandwich and jerk wings, creating a sticky but flavourful mess. 

Overall mark - 8 out of 10

How To Find Them
 Location: Toronto, Canada
 Address: Various locations
 Delivery: Uber, Doordash, Skip the Dishes
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Gastro World's Grading System

  • Anything under 5 - I really disliked and will never order again
  • 6 - decent for delivery and takeout, but there's better
  • 7 - this is good, for delivery and takeout
  • 8 - great for delivery and takeout, it's almost like you're in a restaurant
  • 9 -  wow, it's like I'm eating at a restaurant
  • 10 - I'd happily order this for delivery or takeout instead of dining in any day!

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Craft beer lovers, Northern Maverick Brewing Co. is Now Opened!

In Ontario’s carefully controlled liquor industry, it’s hard to imagine how one can actually be a maverick and fully become a free-spirited company. One way to inch free of the chains is to open a brewery, where there are still rules and taxes, but creations can be freely shared without the threat of being hidden in the back or requiring expensive listing fees, since the Beer Store is actually owned by three large global beer manufacturers (and not our government).

Hence, it’s no surprise that with the rise in popularity of craft beer, there has also been an increase in craft breweries. The newest entrant is Northern Maverick Brewing Co. a sprawling 11,000 sq. ft. establishment that includes a restaurant (complete with huge patio), beer store, beer school, and of course brewery.

Their menu focuses on Canadian sourced casual eats. With the gleaming red slicer, their house made charcuterie arrives paper thin, making you want just one more slice. Everything is cured perfectly so it’s not too dry nor overly salty. Although truth be told, the savoury spices didn’t go well with the Vienna lager as it brought out so much of the beer’s bitterness. Sticking with one of their wines may be a better choice.

You could really create a nibbling feast for your party by adding a cheeseboard as well. With seven different cheeses available (sourced across Quebec and Ontario), there everything from a gooey brie to a harder cheddar, these go much better with the bubbly beers.

In a heartbeat I’d return for another Jamaican oxtail patty ($6), the flaky pastry is filled with tender braised oxtail incorporating habanero heat to have you reaching for a cold drink after finishing it.

Five seasonal beers are offered on tap; during the opening there was a dry hopped sour, Vienna lager, American pale ale, Indian pale ale, and a hefeweizen. What Northern Maverick strives for is to create aromatic brews that focus on flavour and smell, but is still balanced and delicious.

Having sampled a few of the craft beers, my favourite was the Heart of Tartness ($8.50) that contains strong refreshing notes of citrus and fruit – after something heavy, it’s a great way to cleanse the palette. The Gosezilla ($8.50) is also interesting having a lighter tartness but ending with a savoury element thanks to the hint of coriander.

Northern Maverick makes a mean cocktail as well – taking a traditional concoction and giving it a twist. The Travellers Mojito starts with the typical rum, mint, and lime juice, but then adds rose water, cardamom, and honeydew to give it an exotic tropical spin. Meanwhile, the Dry Hopped Daiquiri contains plenty of Mount Gay Black Barrel rum, but is mellowed with orange blossom water and a slightly bitter hops syrup.

Reading the blog write-up posted by Northern Maverick’s founder Jason Kaptyn, you can feel the passion and the blood, sweat, and tears it took to get them to the opening. I can’t wait until their beer school opens and I can learn more about beer and food pairings – for those who are especially gung ho they’ll even teach you how to create something at home. In the end, Jason just wants to share his love of craft beers with everyone else. As he sums up, “In short, we will do our best to provide the learning experience that, once upon a time, captured our hearts and led to our brewery in the first place.”

Disclaimer: The above drinks and food were sampled on a complimentary basis at their grand opening event. Rest assured, as noted in my mission statement, I will always provide an honest opinion.

How To Find Them
 Location: Toronto, Canada
 Address: 115 Bathurst Street

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