Friday, September 3, 2010

Urban Eats @ South of Temperance Patio, Toronto

If you drive, bike or walk past Adelaide St. West, you'll notice a huge patio with an even bigger line-up of people waiting to get on it.  Welcome to South of Temperance, the hottest new patio to hit the financial district - giving Bymark a run for its money.  This place is HOT.  Even with tons of seating, the chairs are all filled by 5 pm so it's best to sneak out early to scope out a decent spot at this Man-Mart.  We stopped by for lunch and it looked like a lot of business meetings and expense accounts, but the atmosphere was still fantastic.

The crowd here likes to work hard, play hard and is serious about kicking back after a long day.  The prices are actually pretty competitive for the area, considering what you would pay for a drink Downtown.  Prosecco and wines by the glass start at $7.  The menu ranges from gourmet pub fare, pastas, salads, naan flat breads, burgers and sandwiches.  An 8 oz. Steak Frites will only set you back $19.  The abundance of greenery and lush planters will make you forget you're in the middle of a concrete jungle.  The seating is a mix of dining room and comfy lounge for cocktails.  To avoid the crowds, we recommend visiting for lunch or checking out their Brunch menu on Sundays.
The Food - South of Temperance strives to use local, sustainable and organic products whenever possible.  We ordered The Ahi Tuna Sandwich ($17, above) with roasted jalapeno aioli, apple crisps, avocado.  Fries are included or you can upgrade to Sweet Potato Fries or Salad for $1.  The tuna was perfectly cooked and fries were crispy - it was the perfect amount to avoid going into a midday food coma.
My selection was the Slow Braised Short Rib Panini ($14, above) with caramelized onions, aged cheddar cheese, horseradish aioli and fries.  It was a very simple warm sandwich and the short rib was very flavourful.  I would love to have seen it with a little green on the inside, but all in all - it was delicious.
We think South of Temperance is a win for Toronto's Patio Scene.  Round-up a group of girlfriends and check out all the very good looking men in suits.  It's definitely a fun night out.
20 Adelaide Street West, Toronto ON
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1 comment:

  1. We definitely appreciate your feedback, both positive and negative. If you had a positive experience, do spread the word and visit us again anytime! If by chance your experience was disappointing, we invite you to visit us again on a different occasion and offer suggestions to our onsite managers and staff. We are still new, and are always looking for ways to improve. Again, we always appreciate your comments.

    -Kate Lewis
    Social Community Manager
    South of Temperance