Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Urban Eats @ Delux Restaurant, Toronto

I have heard and read countless positive reviews about Delux and their ooey-gooey Pressed Cubano Sandwich ($15) and Steak Frites ($24) which was named one of the best in the city by Toronto Life.
First, the Cubano (left) which is filled with soft and flaky cider cured pork shoulder topped with ham, melted gruyere cheese, grainy mustard, diced pickles and bits of red onion. The balance between all the different ingredients was perfect. One thing did not overpower the others, especially the mustard, which was subtle but purposeful. The whole thing is one big happy crunch in your mouth. It's easily one of my favourite sandwiches in Toronto. Make sure you don't skip out on Delux's crisy fries and aioli. The Cubano Sandwich is also available at lunch.
The frites are pretty spectacular and remind me of a better, less soggy version of Swiss Chalet fries. Side that with a Wellington County Flatiron Steak which comes sliced for you in all its medium-rare glory. Drizzled with hot herbed butter on top and some watercress. The steak was perfectly cooked and the fries did not fall flat.

One of the big highlights of the night was dessert. Warm, fresh-baked, melt-in-your-mouth Chocolate Chip Cookies served with a glass of milk ($7). How to resist cookies baked to order? You can't and we didn't. The cookies were delicious, simple and a nice finish. Delux can also serve it up with a side of 'milk' ($11) which substitutes a White Russian instead. This is a must-order. I could barely contain my excitement during dinner and was thinking about dessert all night. Next time, put me down for the Buttermilk Doughnuts with Chantilly Cream ($7) too. 
I really enjoyed my visit to Delux and thought the food was delicious and not overpriced. The pricing is mid-range without compromising on taste. The hip interior is a cozy industrial chic with exposed light bulbs, marble table tops, steel seating and comfy banquettes. The staff are helpful and friendly. Delux is a great place for a romantic dinner or even an easy sandwich for lunch on your own or with your girlfriends. We highly recommend it.
Delux Restaurant, Toronto - http://Delux.ca
92 Ossington Avenue (between Dundas & Queen), Toronto (416) 537-0134
Delux on Urbanspoon

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