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Goods & Provisions

Posted by Sarah Mackinnon / Reviewed on December 12, 2011 / review policy

Goods and ProvisionsGoods and Provisions is a well-kept secret in the heart of Leslieville -- our very own Prohibition-era speakeasy, complete with dim, globe-lit corners and black-and-white tiled floors. Dark stained oak paneling, sepia photographs, heavy wood tables and ancient misty mirrors complete the effect that we've fallen into a cozy 1930's tavern.

A pheasant presides over the sleek marble bar and deer antlers are mounted on a side wall, an aesthetic touch as requisite and necessary as the bearded, bespectacled bartender in any gastropub worth its weight on Queen Street.

Goods and ProvisionsWhile the interior had us expecting traditional pub fare, the menu selection was simple and refined, including: Duck rillette with daily dressings and toast; oysters, bone-marrow with parsley salad and a terrine board. Our waitress seemed so delighted to inform us of the daily offerings that even the house salad sounded irresistible: radicchio, shaved carrot, caramelized shallots with a champagne dressing.

We finally settle on Korean tacos, duck-fat fries, wilted greens, and Caesar salad with house-cured pork belly. To drink, we had a snappy and not-too-sweet ginger beer, although "provisions" abound, from Nova Scotia beers to a variegated listing of cocktails.

Goods and ProvisionsThe tacos (12$) were two mountains piled with bright red Kim Chi, fresh cilantro, pork jowls and belly garnished with lime. The sheer cultural collision of cornmeal and spicy cabbage, chewy pork and peppy lime put a whole new slant on North American immigration laws for me: There is nothing wrong with multiculturalism.

Deep-fried in duck-fat and served with a slightly spicy mayo, these fries (6$) should be Toronto's new poster-boy for comfort food. Sorry Smokes. The tongue chemistry of crisp, salty and fatty was simple, but so well done, that for this dish alone, I will gladly bundle up in -20 degree weather and walk the two kilometers from my doorstep to 1124 Queen Street East.

The wilted greens (6$) strategically appear on the menu just underneath those fries - a healthy, emerald swag of saintly Swiss chard, to redeem us from the devilish duck-fat. The sweet, fresh chard was garnished with lime, and serves as a nice counterpoint to the lightly greasy fries. Haven't you ever prayed that a large, healthy salad would balance out an equally large slice of cheesecake?

Goods and ProvisionsThe Caesar salad (10$) was fairly standard, though studded with particularly crispy, dark, croutons which (not surprisingly) also seemed to have joined the animal-fat party. What made this dish unique however, were the frizzled fatty bits of pork belly, an unexpected salty counterpoint to the crisp romaine and crunchy croutons. Once again, we had the sensation of one foot firmly planted safely in a Canadian tavern, and the other shanghaied into gastro-heaven.

Goods and ProvisionsThe single dessert on the menu was so simply named "Chocolate: vanilla whipped cream" ($7), that it piqued our curiosity. A small but promisingly-rich looking slice of chocolate terrine arrived, with a daub of whipped cream and a scattering of coarse salt. This is how chocolate should always taste. Cocoa-y, deep, dark and silky, played against the chunks of salt and sweet cream, flavored simply with vanilla. This was a satisfying finish to an honest meal in what is sure to become a neighborhood hub.

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Lauren / November 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm
Went to 'Goods & Provisions' for dinner last night and it was so incredibly good. To start we shared the terrine board, mussels, and oysters and each dish was an absolute delight. In particular, the mussels were so delicious that we had to have it twice! I've had both charcuterie + mussels countless times, and yet these dishes really stood out here!

For our mains, we all ordered the flat iron steak with duck fat fries and it was insanely good. The steak was a perfectly cooked medium rare and the fries were rich and flavourful.

The service was top-notch, our waiter was attentive but not intrusive.

A must-try for sure!
Sandman / December 12, 2011 at 01:26 pm
Nice to see the 'Korean Taco" idea move to the east end.
Now if the idea can spread further west, south and north!
Megan / December 12, 2011 at 03:40 pm
Nova Scotia beers? Like which ones? I need more East Coast beer in my life.
chocolate lover / December 12, 2011 at 08:14 pm
"There's nothing wrong with multiculturalism"? That's what I was thinking too when my i was being blown by my Guyanese gf!
Japhet / December 13, 2011 at 02:41 am
Shanghaied into gastro-heaven? WTF??
JR / December 13, 2011 at 11:08 am
Seriously poor taste here. It is possible to review a restaurant without a few nearly xenophobic quips.
Matt / December 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm
Does anyone know if their open on Tuesdays? And what their number is to make a reso?
Offended / December 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm
Wow! "There is nothing wrong with multiculturalism." is so ridiculous that I cannot believe I just read it in a restaurant review. That is the kind of thick-headed, unedited school of journalism that drove me away from blogto in the first place. If G&P didn't sound so good, I'd be sorry I ever followed this link recommended by my friend.

Ms. McKinnon should try some South American fare to get more experience in "sheer cultural collisions" before she should be allowed to write anymore food reviews.

FYI: Speakeasies are hidden and unmarked. Just because you never leave the west end doesn't mean that G&P is a speakeasy.
ratlips / December 13, 2011 at 04:40 pm
I went for a drink and was told that I would have to wait 30 mins for a seat at the bar when there was a table for two available.
They made no effort to accommodate me other than telling me to get a drink down the street at the Comrade. (1km away) I was looking forward to making this my local but now I'll never drop a dime here.
S. / December 13, 2011 at 05:49 pm
Dear 'Offended,'

Dear 'Offended,'

The New York Times. The Washington Post. The Chicago Tribune. Those are names that come to mind when one thinks of hard-nosed journalism, including the portion of said media that pertains to food reviews. Since when has BlogTO broadcast itself as a platform for reviews by the world's top food critics?

I enjoy reading the restaurant reviews on BlogTO, because as Torontonian, I feel they are experiences captured by people just like me, NOT some food critic with years of education/experience who I can't relate to at all. BlogTO is a website that is written by the people for the people, featuring personal reviews that provide the reader with enough information in order for the reader to get an idea of the restaurant to know whether or not it's worth trying. I was shocked to see that instead of contributing to a healthy conversation regarding the restaurant, 'Offended' used the opportunity to unproductively berate Ms. McKinnon.

FYI: For those of us who don't know the encyclopedic definition of a speakeasy, McKinnon's use of the word immediately brought to mind the a certain kind of atmosphere - probably what McKinnon meant when using the word and it indeed has the appropriate effect on the reader. I look forward to trying Goods and Provisions!

'Offended,' try to lighten up.
Sarah MacKinnon / December 13, 2011 at 07:11 pm
Dear Readers,
I do apologize. It was certainly not my aim to negatively portray the privilege we enjoy as Canadians to have access to a wide variety of authentic food options. I regret that my comment regarding multiculturalism was perceived as facetious--it was certainly written in sincerity.
Goods and Provisions, I do apologize for the unsavory buzz. My dining experience at your establishment was exceptional.
S. MacKinnon
Matt / December 14, 2011 at 01:41 pm
@SArah Mackinnon-Do you have the phone number for this place? Its literally not posted anywhere...thanks.
i love this 'hood / December 15, 2011 at 07:42 pm
The phone number is 647-340-1738. The tables are reserved for diners, but the bar is open for people who just want to have a drink.
Sarah MacKinnon / December 15, 2011 at 09:35 pm
G and P is open Tuesday-Saturday. They formerly served the Nova Scotia beer "Propeller".
Jabba the Gut / January 17, 2012 at 05:31 pm
I can't wait to try G&P! The only problem is it is packed every time I walk by. I am surprised they recommended Comrade (which I haven't tried) - Ceili Cottage is much closer and also phenomenal.
Nancy / January 30, 2012 at 04:36 pm
They recommended the Comrade because they own it, too.
Gth / February 16, 2012 at 06:44 pm
Simmer down now... It's a restaurant review not becket.
Tonia / February 23, 2012 at 06:27 pm
That phone number goes to a recording that says the owner hasn't set up the message service yet. Great first impression.
Melissa / February 27, 2012 at 03:18 pm
I went to 'Goods & Provisions' this past Saturday and was more than impressed. We got there around 6 and it was still empty, but filled up shortly after. We shared the rabbit rillettes starter and for our mains we ordered the game bird of the day, cornish hen with garlic mash + brandy jus and steak frites. We finished it off with the chocolate terrine dessert which was the perfect amount of chocolate at the end of the night. Amazing service and top-notch food, will definitely return to try the rest of the menu!
LeslievilleLocal / July 22, 2012 at 02:03 pm
Love this place! Have been here numerous times and it does not disapoint.
Food is of excellent quality. The tacos (selection is always changing) are a fantastic addition to the menu. Oysters are always fresh and delicious , although the addition of toppings (homemade sauces ie hot, seafood sauce would be welcomed).
Cocktails are always served with top quality juices/mixes etc.

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