A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of dining at Toronto’s Bull and Firkin Pub on Yonge Street. I had been to many a Firkin before, but this one was different. From what I read, they had just recently renovated. Gone were the pub’s usual red velvety upholstered booths; this one boasted an upgraded feel with now-wooden booths sparkly and new. What really impressed me was the pub’s gluten free menu. I had called ahead of time to see if there was one available, and was later pleasantly surprised to see all the available items. Sure, the typical salad dishes were there (what gluten free menu doesn’t have salad?), but there were also a few shocking ones. I was tempted to order the Wings & Chips, but the pub’s Bacon and Cider Chicken caught my eye.
This dish was the best meal I had eaten in a pub in a while. Usually I munch on nachos or pick at a salad while directing bitter, envious stares at my friends who are happily chowing down on their hamburgers. This time though, my friends were eying my plate. And really, how could they not? My plate didn’t look like your average pub food.
Let’s start with sides: The veggies were cooked just right — not too hard, not too soft, and the savory potato wedges made a mockery of the typical ‘side of fries.’ And the main course? The chicken, which was perfectly tender, was complimented with a flavourful cider cream sauce, bacon, and onions. I considered taking to my kitchen to come up with my own version, but really, why mess with perfection?
Kudos to this Toronto pub for creating a special gluten free menu – and extra special gluten free dish.