My second Summerlicious outing was a return to Bannock (401 Bay Street), an Oliver & Bonacini restaurant serving “Canadian comfort food”. Check out their Summerlicious menu ($15 lunch; $25 dinner). A group of friends and I had previously gone on Valentine’s Day, and we recognized our awesome server, Karen again!
Being a fairly large group of eight, we got the one large wooden table that seems to loom over the rest of the room. The place seemed moderately busy at 1:15pm on Sunday. Service was a little slow, particularly in between getting our mains and dessert, but good company made for a great time.
Appetizer: SALT-BAKED BEETS
split and sweet pea hummus, grapefruit, grenadine
LOVED THIS. I’m not that into beets, but was intrigued by the combination of the hummus, grapefruit, and grenadine. The flavours came out so nicely together.
Main: ROAST BEEF BULGOGI HAWAIIAN PIZZA
pineapple, gochujang, green onion
I’m a fan of their thin-crusted pizzas! While the beef was a little dry and not as bulgogi-like as I would have imagined (it just didn’t feel as Korean-fusion-inspired as I thought it would), I still enjoyed this main a great deal. The gochujang was soooo gooood and a perfect amount of spiciness for me. My friends also ordered the Dredgeman’s Fish Pie and Roast Peameal Bacon Melts which were also great choices, though this pizza was my favourite!
Dessert: O&B ARTISAN CROISSANT BREAD PUDDING
spiced chocolate, peanut butter, kaffir lime
Spiced chocolate and peanut butter, this dessert was just calling out my name! Rich dessert just out of the sheer size of the bread. I absolutely adored the chocolate and peanut butter sauce. I think the Cortland Apple Fritter was better though.
Overall, while nothing stood out as incredible for us, this lunch was definitely great value coming in at around $20 with tax and tip. We were pretty happy with our orders, though some felt the cucumber and cabbage salad was a little sour to their liking, and enjoyed the Summerlicious experience here.