SUMMERLICIOUS 2016 MENU
4.0 Stars – Overall Experience
4.5 Stars – Price
4.5 Stars – Service
4.0 Stars – Enjoyment of Food
4.0 Stars – Atmosphere
For whatever reason, I thought that Prohibition Gastrohouse would be a bit of a fancier place (it was probably the word Gastrohouse that threw me), but it is very much a pub. They try and maximize ever last bit of space and so the tables are situated closely together. They do have the ability to open the wall to give a bit of a patio/outdoor feel, which is great for summertime. Overall a bit messy, but what do you expect for a pub style restaurant.
Our server was great as he often joked around with us and made us feel extremely comfortable. He tried to be as quick as he could given the busy evening and kindly split our bill as well without making a fuss. I got a similar vibe from another waitress, so feel there staff are all very on point.
I was a bit disappointed with the cocktail menu as I was hoping for something unique, but they all looked pretty standard. Luckily my disappointment quickly turned to excitement as I discovered that they offer wine flights on their menu. For $16 you can get 4, 2oz glasses of your choice of wine (so long as it can be ordered by the glass). It really is only worth it if you chose the more expensive options. I went with 2 whites and 2 reds, which our server helped me pick out. Really fun way to enjoy wine with a meal and not something you see offered at most places! This place does seem to have great deals for happy hour and late night, so definitely worth check them out for their extensive alcohol list.
My friends and I went for a Summerlicious meal, which allows patrons to choose off a limited set menu for one price. Prohibition Gastrohouse offered one of the less expensive menus which included a 3 course meal for $28 (they can be as high as $45 for dinner at some restaurants). There was only 1 vegetarian option available for the appetizer round so of course I had to go with that. It consisted of a Beer Cheese Soup made from Muskoka Lager, cheddar and cream. I found the soup to be very thin and lacking in a a cheese flavour. I think the beer came across more, but overall I wasn’t impressed. There was a small biscuit on the side and it was ok, but definitely over cooked. My friends chose the Caesar Salad and the Shrimp Tostada, which everyone seemed to enjoy well enough.
The only vegetarian main option was a Truffle Mac & Cheese, which they claim to be the best in Toronto. This seemed to be poor menu planning on the chef’s part, as you don’t typically serve a cheesy appetizer followed by a cheesy main. The Mac & Cheese however was very very good. The portion size was significantly smaller compared to the other meals, but it felt appropriate considering the richness and heaviness of the course. The cheese blend was strong and the truffle oil was a great touch. And I was also happy it wasn’t traditional macaroni noodles as I am not a fan. The Smash Banq Burger was massive and devoured and the fish tacos were also a generous portion and well presented. Both meat/fish options were served with a side of duck fat fries and looked to be a beautiful cut.
Dessert was probably my favourite part of the meal as I was excited for the creative twist on a strawberry shortcake. Instead of the traditional biscuit, a cut in half glazed donut acted as the base for the whipped cream and strawberries. It was very good and plated beautifully. I had a bite of the Cherry Cheesecake and found it to be overly sweet. Definitely preferred my Donut Strawberry Shortcake 🙂
While I really appreciated the fact that they offered a vegetarian option on their Summerlicious menu (many restaurants do not), I don’t think it was well thought out in terms of balance of dishes and I don’t think this place is very vegetarian friendly. Are their some options for vegetarians, yes, but it feels limited and I can’t even eat the fries as they are fried in duck fat.
The summerlicious menu was a very reasonable price considering how many courses were included in it and the portion size for some of the meals. I think the meat/fish options had a bit more bang for it’s buck, but overall a fairly decent night out spending wise.
Time of Dinner: 7:30pm
Date: Tuesday July 12th, 2016
- WINE FLIGHT
- BEER CHEESE SOUP
- T.O’S BEST TRUFFLE MAC & CHEESE
- DONUT STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
Be sure to make reservations
Check out their website for more details at http://www.myprohibition.com/