Restaurant: Red Midtown Tavern
Address: 382 Yonge St
Price Range: $10~
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
* Wine Bar
* Takes reservations
* Private Parties
* Party room
* Open for lunch and dinner
Where do you go for dinner when you have to stick around Dundas square? We don't get that many options unless we are willing to walk couple blocks away from the busy intersection. All we are left with is franchise restaurants (not that there is anything wrong with them, my favorite is Joeys) like Joeys, Jack Astors, Milestones, Pickle Barrel and etc.
So when I heard Reds Midtown Tavern was opening a second location at Gerrald and Yonge, I was more than happy to check it out- especially since I had pretty good dining experience at the one located on Adelaide in Financial District. This location is much more 'hip and young' compared to the other location, filled with younger crowd from Ryerson and Eaton's Centre. Reds Midtown Tavern is led by Executive Chef Matt Robertson, who has created an impressive menu of reimagined classics with a unique selection of social sharing plates.
Ordered: Calamari Fritti Di Amalfi 5/5
Oven roasted tomato aioli, fresh lime and fried rosemary and lemon for $11.25. I loved this calamari, first of all I was surprised by how big the portion was- it was enough to share between 4 people. It was done perfectly, seasoned just right and crispy outside. Very often I find aioli served at restaurants to be too watery, but the oven roasted tomato aioli that was served with calamari was bursting with flavor. I will def get this dish again when I go back.
Ordered: Maine Lobster Guacamole 3/5
Guajillo chili dressed lobster, hand mashed avocado, fresh lime juice, serrano pepper and warm, crisp tortillas for $17.95. This was an appetizer that I was very excited about but didn't really live up to my expectation.
Crispy chips and guacamole was standard but the lobster on top didn't do much for me. Lobster pieces were big and fresh but it just didn't go together with the guacamole nor did it have much flavor.
Ordered: Cheeseburger Sliders 4/5
Classic mini burgers served with tangy American cheese, everything sauce and pickle for $14.50. 3 of these were served for us to share and they were surprisingly delicious. Patties were tender and juicy between Ace bakery mini slider buns and would be good even as a main dish.
Ordered: North Atlantic Seafood Chowder 2.5/5
Traditional New England chowder with cold water white fish, tender surf clams and a hint of smoked bacon, cup for $6 or bowl for $9. I ordered a cup to try and was satisfied with what it was. Creamy and filled with lots of seafood but it's not something I will remember to order again.
Ordered: Wild Mushroom Soup 2/5
Herb scented roasted chicken broth with woodland mushrooms, truffled enoki salad and crisp parmesan croutons, cup for $6 or bowl for $9. This is not your ordinary creamy mushroom soup! Some people might like this but I didn't really enjoy it.
Ordered: Baby Kale & Quinoa Salad 3/5
Tossed with sweet spiced pecans, dried cranberries, caramelized sweet potatoes, smoked Manchego cheese and a citrus vinaigrette for $9.50 (Starter size). This dish was ordered and shared as an appetizer and it was a nice light salad on the side.
Ordered: Avocado & Lobster Cobb
East Coast lobster with crisp pork belly, 63-degree egg, fresh croutons, cherry tomato and a poached shallot dressing for $26.95. Maybe I expected too much from this salad, but I was really disappointed with what was presented to me. There weren't much lobster on this Lobster Cobb Salad and even minus the lobster, it wasn't a good Cobb salad. I def didn't think this was worth $26.95
Ordered: Cioppino 5/5
Light tomato and white wine seafood stew with PEI mussels, calamari, shrimp and scallops served with crusty garlic rubbed baguette for $19.25. Another solid dish I was excited to find during this dinner. Tomato stew was nice and hearty, def a winter food that makes you all warm inside. I am drooling thinking about this dish I will def get this again when I go back.
Summary: Thank goodness Reds Midtown Tavern opened on Gerrald street where it is much more laid back without that stiff financial crowd. It is a nicer walk from where I live and love the wide wine selection. I've been back couple more times after my first visit and I've always had an awesome time here. Def check it out when you are in the area and make sure to try the Grasshopper Parfait for dessert if you have room, it is so awesome!