Boland's Open Kitchen is located on a fun commercial strip of Mt. Pleasant road in Toronto, about a 15 minute cab ride from the downtown King and Yonge area of the city.
We have tired of the 'over the top' TO 'big boy' restaurants in the Financial District and so decided to try some neighborhood places. One we found was Boland's Open Kitchen and, boy, did we find a change!
Run by owner/chef/greeter/busboy Chris Boland and his family, the restaurant lives up to its name. No matter where you are seated, you pretty much have a front row seat to Chris's kitchen and all that goes on there...which is a lot.
The food was worth the trip, too. Every bit as good as most we have had downtown, the place seems to be particularly good at the inventive seafood it is offering...I had a blue crab soufflé along with fresh halibut which were excellent; while my wife had the salmon special of the evening which was also very fresh and well prepared.
It also didn't hurt that Boland's has a 1/2 off sale on all wines, I believe every night, for remainder of the summer!
Anyway, if you are stuck in 'condoland' down by the Toronto lakeshore, and maybe tired of the glitz of the downtown TO places ...or perhaps the "buzziness" of West Queen, give Boland's a try. Very likely you will leave a happy customer.
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