Friday was the second time I visited Dominion Square Tavern and before I even got there, I was craving their fish n’ chips. From my first visit, I remembered the delicious lightly battered and crispy fish. This time, the fish did not disappoint AND I was surprised by how good their french fries were. I cleaned my plate! There literally wasn’t a single morsel left on it by the time I was done. So much for eating “light”… Oh well! I’ll just slip in one more hot yoga class this week I guess.
Mat had a pork sandwich. When he asked the waiter if it was pulled pork, he said yes but that was B.S. It was good, but no pulled pork, buddy! It was more like a pork roast sandwich with old style mustard. After he readjusted his expectations of his meal, Mat said he enjoyed it. Plus he had a huge mountain of the same tasty fries as me
We were headed to the movies on Sainte-Catherine (we saw Hangover II – It’s pretty good!) and looking for a place to grab a quick bite. Our first thought was Kazu, but as usual, the one-hour lineup threw us off and we decided to try our plan B, Dominion Tavern. It was perfect! Walking distance from the theatre, quick service and good ambiance, especially for a downtown restaurant. The decor is “trendy old tavern” all the way and, as much as the concept is overdone, they do it so well that it works nicely.
If you are looking for restaurant options in the downtown core with a good vibe where you can eat and have a drink afterwards with friends or à deux, the Dominion Tavern is worth considering. I wouldn’t go out of my way to hit this place up and it is on the pricey side, but given its location in an area that lacks good mid-range restaurants, I thought I would share. It’s also a great lunch or 5 à 7 spot for people working downtown.
My next fish n’ chips will definitely be at Brit & Chips! I’ve heard they make the best in town.
Dominion Square Tavern
1243 Metcalfe (next to, you guessed it, Dominion Square)
Cost: about $70 for two mains and 2 beers. The fish n’ chips itself was $24. Apparently, they know it’s good…
Service: OK. We were happy it sped up when we told the waiter we had to be out in 45 minutes. But I did have to remind him about our beers after waiting for 15 minutes… To be fair, we were in a rush and they were slammed.
Would I go back?: Yes, but only if I was in the area or if I was looking for a place to go with colleagues given it’s walking distance from work.