I have been a huge fan of The Whippoorwill since moving into the Bloordale area and have been a huge advocate of their brunches. So when they told me they were going to be launching their new fall/winter menu, I jumped at the chance to help out with the event and well, indulge in their new offerings.
Photos by Yuli Scheidt
Everything about The Whippoorwill is so comforting: old timey photos, candlelight and a warm retro diner feel. All the staff greet you with a smile and are more than knowledgable about all the food/drink they are serving up. One such gentleman is Japhet Bower, head mixologist at The Whippoorwill. He started off our evening with some beautifully made cocktails (off-menu, of course), titled Blogger Love. For those who have been following Japhet’s master mixology, he previously was at La Carnita and has a way with the spirits. All cocktails range in price between $10-$18 and range from sweet to sassy. More on that later.
Executive Chef Tyler Cunningham walked us through the fall/winter dinner menu that was simple yet sophisticated. It was seasonal and packed so many intense flavours, from appetizers .
Rosemary Cured Coho ($13)
Just a slight hint of rosemary with a beautiful array of fresh coho pieces. This dish really spoke for itself.
Winter Spiced Beet Salad ($12)
Huge pieces of beets, which were a bit undercooked for my liking.
Beef Carpaccio ($13)
Probably one of my favourite dishes of the night. It was sliced perfectly and mixed up with tahini, which doesn’t sound like it would work: but it does. Great combination.
Roasted Cauliflower ($13)
The roasted cauliflower had this slight Indian feel, with its use of cumin, raisins, caramelized onion and almonds. Would make a great side-dish to any main.
Potato Gnocchi with Braised Beef Cheek ($13)
This gnocchi was heaven-sent, no word of a lie. Light and paired together with braised beef cheek, which was tender and juicy, everything about this dish was pretty alright.
Korean Ribs ($22)
I have an affinity for Korean BBQ and there was something about this shareable Korean Rib plate that made me want more. Could have been the juicy, tender meat. Could have been the delicious teriyaki sauce on top. Whatever it might have been: I want more.
Braised Duck Leg with Swiss Chard and Carrots ($21)
This reminded me of a good ol’ country cooking home-time meal. We ate this family-style and it gave me all the good feels to dig in to that leg and dig down to the bone. Plus let’s be real: who doesn’t like swiss chard?
Alright, so in between all those dishes Japhet was hard at work on the bar mixing us up cocktails like The Miss Piggy (Napolean Cortel Brandy, Grand Marnier, Briottet Chestnut, Sage, Lemon, Celery Bitters at $12) which tasted like an explosion of autumn in your mouth.
After that, we were treated to one of the final concoctions: Lemmy, which looked like an ice cream float and paired perfectly with our desserts. The Lemmy includes Alberta Premium Dark Horse Rye, Murphy’s Irish Stout Reduction, Maple, Agave, Lemon and Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum Foam all for $12.
So if you’re looking for some cozy, comforting fare with delicious cocktails – Whippoorwill Tavern may be the place to check out.