Friendly service, relaxed atmosphere and delicious, flavour-packed food, what’s better than that?
If you ever find yourself in the West-end of Downtown Toronto and have a sudden craving for some deep-fried comfort food (so specific, I know), head to The White Brick Kitchen at 641 Bloor Street West. Our cousin, Sean, recommended we try this place out. He told us that the portions were huge and reasonably priced — we were sold. We went to the White Brick Kitchen around 9:30 PM after visiting the Prior Shop Pop-Up.
If you’re driving to the restaurant, there’s a paid parking lot at 557 Palmerston Ave that’s a 2 minute walk away — it’s definitely a doable and much needed walk after the “itis” you’ll feel when you’re finished eating.
When we arrived to the restaurant, there was such a warm and uplifting energy that welcomed us inside. The retro-inspired decor was pretty and not overwhelming. Lauren D from Yelp described the White Brick as an upscale diner which I think is a pretty perfect description of the inside. It was pretty crowded when we showed up but we managed to get a booth right away.
Our waitress was very friendly and offered great recommendations. I love when servers go beyond their “duties” of taking orders and actually put in effort to spark real conversations.
When we got the menu, I was so happy that it was only one page! I’m a very indecisive person, especially when it comes to food — sometimes it takes me 15 minutes to make a final decision. But as per our waitress’ suggestion, I got the Sloppy Joe on fries ($16), I think that’s what it was called. It was their “dish of the day” so it wasn’t on the menu but she swore it was good. Tati got their famous Chicken and Waffles ($18) and Sean ordered the Fried Half Chicken, Scallion Biscuit, Make it Hot sauce, and Poutine ($22.5) — what a mouthful, literally.
My only complaint about our visit is that the food took, what felt like, an eternity to arrive at our table. But everything did arrive all at once so that made up for the wait and our waitress apologized — told you she was good. The aroma that the food brought to the table was enough for me to know that I was going to have the best meal ever. And Sean wasn’t joking, the portions were bigger than his head!
Everything looked so delicious, especially my fries! Mmm..I highly recommend you try the Sloppy Joe fries. The fries were covered in minced meat sauce, tomatoes, spring onion, topped with an over-easy fried egg and chipotle mayo. Even though there was a lot going on, it looked amazing. There was so much flavour in the meat sauce and that was probably the best chipotle mayo I have ever had.
As for the Chicken and Waffles, I wasn’t excepting much. To be honest with you, I think most fried chicken tastes the same but the White Brick Kitchen takes first place. There were three huge pieces of deep fried chicken and they were all golden brown, not to mention extremely crispy. The meat was practically sliding off because it was THAT tender. We made sure to drench every bite in syrup to get most out of the flavour.
Sean’s dish was equally delicious. His side of poutine looked like a main. The cheese curds were so creamy and they actually tasted like cheese, unlike the cheap ones I’ve had in the past. The gravy was also really good and not too salty, the spring onion garnish added some spice and freshness to the plate.
Overall, I had a great time at The White Brick Kitchen. I think it deserves 5 stars but Yelp critics are so hard to please! Granted, I’m no food critique but I do love food —especially comfort food. All I have to say is, “YOU GOTTA EAT HERE!”
*Fun fact: The White Brick was actually featured on the Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here!”
Check out their website here: http://www.thewhitebrickkitchen.com/