4.25 Stars – Overall Experience
3.75 Stars – Price
3.75 Stars – Service
4.25 Stars – Food
4.25 Stars – Atmosphere
Sweet Potato Curry Soup
Baby Got Back Bacon Grilled Cheese
Located in the heart of Cabbagetown, The Irv Gastro Pub Restaurant is a great spot to partake in a delicious meal, meet friendly locals and enjoy a pint or two. With a focus on local produce and ‘from scratch’, we are thrilled to have dined at this gem of a restaurant.
I can’t comment too much about the inside (was a bit small but nicely decorated and very bright thanks to their many windows), but I can say that The Irv’s patio was lovely! The edges of the patio are lined with built-in benches with pillows on one side to enhance the comfort. The majority of the patio is next to a quiet street so you can enjoy your meal in relative peace. They have a few spots for larger groups and some more intimate dining spots as well. Strands of Edison light bulbs hang overhead so I can only imagine how beautiful it would look at night! Perfect for a family meal, date night or dinner with a small group of friends.
I was torn when it came to service. On the one hand, the restaurant is a “seat yourself” style pub, which I like as we got to choose a cozy spot on the patio. Our waitress was great – friendly, happy to chit chat and very helpful when it came to navigating our menu (were we ordering too little?…nope the perfect amount!). On the other hand, from the time we sat down to the time we got our food , about 40 minutes passed and, unfortunately, we were both starving. The food, however, was worth the wait, but perhaps I would recommend ordering a few snacks to enjoy while you wait for the main event.
There were many items on the menu that looked appealing, but when I heard an enthusiastic “they are so good!” from our waitress when I inquired about the Greek Fries I knew I had to give them a shot. I also got a bowl of Sweet Potato Curry Soup as it sounded too good to pass up.
Firstly, the soup was divine! The Chantilly cream added so much depth of flavour to an already delicious base of soup. And the mini sweet potato fries sprinkled on top added a great crunch/texture. It was a very large bowl of soup, too, (thankfully, as I was so hungry!) and I enjoyed ever single last drop.
Now, one key thing you should know, is the Pub’s fries are all freshly cut and you can taste the difference! Covered in Greek seasoning, fresh tomatoes, cucumber and delicious feta cheese, I had no regrets ordering this dish. I also liked that the tzatziki was on the side so the fries didn’t get soggy. Just dip as needed…oh and the sauce was great too. It was a ton of food and perhaps would have been better as a sharing dish, but I just ended up bringing my leftovers home (and eating them that same night as I couldn’t resist).
Last, but not least, was my husband’s Baby Got Back Bacon Grilled Cheese, which was served with a side of fresh cut fries as well. Served on fresh, thick challah bread, the grilled cheese was quite the sandwich undertaking. While he enjoyed it, he did mention that there wasn’t as much bacon as he would have liked.
There were so many options to choose from as a vegetarian and they all pretty much looked good. From soups, salads, grilled cheese, fries, homemade gnocchi, there menu was certainly not lacking in vegetarian fare.
The prices weren’t cheap for pub food, but not unreasonable either. The portions were large and the quality of food and local ingredients made me feel pretty good about our bill at the end ($40 for the two of us and we had some leftovers to take home). I would say this wouldn’t be an inexpensive meal out, but you most definitely won’t leave hungry!
Time of Dinner: 7:00pm
Date: Tues May 16th, 2017
For more information, please check out their website at http://www.theirvpub.ca