Goods & Provisions is the kind of place where you go when you’re feeling a little nostalgic; it a speakeasy from the Prohibition era. The restaurant itself is furnished with antique pieces; from old sepia photos to vintage books. My favourite piece of decor is the liquor cabinet labelled prescriptions. The restaurant itself is very dimly lit and like the menu, very small.
This gastropub serves up a delicious menu that is a far cry from your mediocre fish and chips and burgers. The menu features dishes such as Korean fried chicken, which pays hommage to co-owners Nikki Andriet and Dean Fletcher’s travels to Asia; offerings such as steak tartare and oxtail point to the chef’s love affair with meat.
The drinks here, like sister bar, the Comrade (just down the street) are smooth and refined. The Judy Blue Eyes ($12) made from my favourite Tromba Tequila, Cointreau, lavender, bitters, vanilla syrup, yuzu and orange flower water rivals (if not better) than any of the pretentious downtown restaurants which are not shy to charge you upwards of $18 for a drink. I guess that’s just one of the perks of being East of the city; cocktails here are all under $14.
While I was very tempted to order the bone marrow, Korean fried chicken and oxtail poutine – I opt for their daily Po’Boy ($16), soft shell crab wedged between slices of buttery toast with a side salad.
Although I always imagined having my first Chicken + Waffles ($19) experience down South – my inaugural run-in at Goods & Provisions only has be excited for the real deal. Juicy pieces of chicken breast are fried in a crispy batter, served with maple syrup and slaw. Never thought waffles for dinner could be this yummy!
For dessert the chef served up a velvety Chocolate Terrine with almonds and Chantilly cream. I can’t wait to come back to try the rest of the menu.
Cocktail hour is Monday to Saturday from 5:30PM – 7PM featuring half price beer, wine and select cocktails.