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The Abbot on Eglinton

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Reviewed on May 20, 2013 / review policy

Abbot on EglintonThe Abbot on Eglinton is the second outpost for this olde thymey pub. Reflective of the new address surrounded by sleepy residential streets it feels almost more like a family restaurant than watering hole.

Taking over the historic conversion from what was most recently a French bakery, Patisserie Cocoa, the interior space sanctions off two thirds of the floor plan for the dining room. The sparse decor feels a tad generic (or perhaps just dated) and seemingly tries to please everyone but ultimately loses any sense of distinguishing character.

Abbot on EglintonThe bar menu lists about a dozen draft beers including decent selections like Mill St. and Weihenstephen. There's also wines, single malts and martinis on offer, though nothing of the non-beer variety really gets me excited and I'm skeptical of any cocktail list still boasting green apple martinis.

The menu appears to be identical to the original Yonge Street outpost, listing off traditional pub staples like Burgers ($12), Fish & Chips ($13) and Shepherd's Pie ($13). In the area during lunchtime I opt to keep it light with the Apple and Stilton Salad ($11) while my dining companion goes for the Club Sandwich ($14).

Abbot on EglintonThe salad arrives in a deep bowl dressed in vinaigrette and covered with crumbled Stilton, green apples, candied nuts, sliced cucumber and red onion. I'm not disappointed until I've eaten past the top layer to see that nothing was mixed through and I'm left with just a bowl of greens.

Abbot on EglintonThe club sandwich looks like a better choice. It's loaded onto a sesame studded egg bun and features grilled chicken, cheddar, red onion, sliced tomato and grainy mustard mayo. It's served with a choice of fries, salad or the option to have half of each, and, is accompanied by a little side of creamy coleslaw that is sweetened up with the unexpected addition of raisins.

Abbot on EglintonThe service is friendly, the place clean and I can imagine that the massive stone fireplace is a cozy draw come colder weather. I'm sure nearby residents must be pleased to have a drinking establishment in their proximity, but for me, nothing really stood out as memorable. It's not my ideal lunch spot but I might be convinced to return for an after work pint or some Shepherd's Pie around the dinner hour.

Abbot on EglintonPhotos by Morris Lum

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whutman / May 23, 2013 at 09:42 am
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thymey?
hayley / March 5, 2014 at 02:37 pm
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I live right up the street from the Abbott on Eglinton, which makes it a place I visit frequently. The food and service is impeccable. They always have a great selection of specials, and everything is made fresh in house. The cheese crock pot appetizer is a must try, and my must try main course is the pork schnitzel! I had my 25th birthday there and Nancy ( the owner, or part owner) was so sweet, so excited to be a part of my celebration so it made it that much more intimate and special. I sort of thought i would just make the reservations and that would be it, but she even invited to me to sit down prior to my dinner and go over specifics with her. I had shots and appetizers ordered weeks in advanced that she brought out when all my guests arrived, and all my friends were so so pleased. The ambiance is low key with a fire place in the main dining area, and a bar setting in the front of the restaurant with a floor to ceiling window looking out on Eglinton avenue. I recommend it for family, a first date, or a small party.

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