Haven’t written in quite some time, and for that I apologize. I’ve been away in the Philippines for the past month. After such a grandiose vacation the budget is tight, that being said I haven’t been dining out as much as I would like to. However, I have the great fortune of employment at the successful restaurant company, Oliver & Bonacini (O&B). Therefore, I’ve decided to give you an insider scoop and post some of my favorite dishes off the company’s eclectic and diverse menus spanning all the brands and properties:
Of all the restaurants under the O&B umbrella, I most frequent O&B Canteen. Although Canteen is the most casual and relaxed setting of the company, they still exhibit the same high class standards synonymous with the O&B Brand. Located at the busy intersection of King St. and John St. nestled under the TIFF Bell Lightbox building and another phenomenal O&B Restaurant ‘Luma‘. This location is part Restaurant part Grab-&-Go, catering to the busy King St. business clientele for lunch and to the cinema/theater crowd by night.
One of my favorite dishes at Canteen and perhaps the company, the Calamari Tacos are an absolute must for an appetizer. I often bring my friends and insist that we procure a plate of these savoury, sweet and spicy mouthfuls. The dish is presented so beautifully, you wouldn’t want to touch them. Served on a wooden board the dish consists of two soft shell tacos, smeared with a dollop of buttermilk crema, the crispy fried calamari is drizzled with a home-made mango sauce and crowned with jalapenos and fresh parsley. The Calamari Tacos are served with a slice of lime. Though simple in form, these tasty tacos have a complex flavor and leave the taste buds screaming for more!
I highly recommend this dish, if you were to ask the staff there what Fooze blogger Johann orders most 9/10 servers will reply with the aforementioned treat! Although Canteen recently unveiled a fresh menu, I believe they kept the Calamari Tacos just for me!
Great Dish, Go Grab Some!OB Canteen is located at : TIFF Bell Lightbox
330 King St. West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 3X2