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Hunters Landing

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Profiled on September 30, 2013 / review policy

Hunters Landing TorontoHunters Landing recently opened amidst the condos of CityPlace, one of the country's most densely populated high rise communities. The restaurant sits at the pedestal of the Luna condo complex overlooking Canoe Landing park on Fort York Boulevard. And it's already busy.

Hunters LandingOwned by Steve Pelton, Peter Brauti, John Young and Scott Manicom, it's the same team behind the much missed South of Temperance, as well as, Williams Landing, and a yet to open Oakville outpost; Harpers Landing. Operations manager Jesse Topliffe along with Pelton oversees the day-to-day and it's Topliffe who's on site today to give me the low-down; He even has his own unit in the still growing condo development and seems genuinely invested in the neighbourhood.

The menu from chef Dennis Palma-Cendeño is varied enough to appeal to pretty much everyone. There's a decent selection of vegetarian plates along with clearly marked gluten-free options. In the evenings there are apps, pizzas, salads, burgers, pastas, mains and desserts.

I try out the Classica Pizza ($14), a stone oven baked pie topped with melted fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes, finished with a criss-cross of balsamic syrup. It's an accomplished pie, particularly for a place that lacks a specialty focus.

Hunters LandingUnder mains, there's a 10oz Ribeye ($32) served with mascarpone mashed potatoes, bacon-chianti sauce, a house pickled cherry pepper and thoughtfully-chosen seasonal veggies, in this case; rapini and grilled tomato. While the steak is delicious, it's the potatoes that have me considering licking the plate, and, in spite of this year's CNE fiasco, I finally have my first taste of bacon preserves. I have to admit the sweet and salty preserve is delicious.

Hunters LandingThe AKA Chocolate Cake ($6) is a gluten-free dessert that's topped with cookies and cream icing, plum compote, mint syrup and a sprinkle of crushed sea salted hazelnut brittle.

Hunters LandingBrunch served weekends, features standards like eggs, bennies and yogurt parfaits - there's even a kids menu. Most impressive is the brunch-only, Absolut Cure ($16) caesar cocktail that Topliffe has made up for us special, out of hours. It's garnished to the max with an entire east coast lobster tail, brisket slider, strips of smoked bacon, a wedge of house smoked mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and a variety of house pickles. It's totally ridiculous, and also, totally awesome.

Hunters LandingOccupying a pretty corner lot, the restaurant spans two floors and boasts big open windows with direct sightlines of Douglas Coupland's fishing bobber-inspired installation (also the new city appointed food truck rally point). McMillan Design warmed up the industrial space with eclectic wood paneled walls, copper pipe lighting and a few cozy nooks for semi-private dining. A large wrap-around patio comes complete with its own bar.

Hunters LandingHunters Landing is a solid destination for those who live nearby, and once the nearby construction is complete, the area w̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶b̶e̶ could one day be accessible by a streetcar connecting Spadina to Bathurst along Fort York. The restaurant is open weekdays from 11:30am until 2am; on weekends, brunch is offered from 10am to 3pm and the kitchen keeps cooking 'til 1am.

Hunters LandingPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

12 Comments

Paul / September 30, 2013 at 08:51 am
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The restaurant sits at the bottom of the Parade condo, not Luna
citygirl101 / September 30, 2013 at 09:07 am
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Where did you get the information that a streetcar will run along Fort York between Spadina and Bathurst?
Phil / September 30, 2013 at 10:24 am
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I think the author is confused about the streetcar plans. Fort York Boulevard was built wide enough that it can accommodate an LRT or bus rapid transit lanes in the centre of the road, but no such plans exist right now.
Just a Guy replying to a comment from citygirl101 / September 30, 2013 at 10:48 am
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A streetcar along Bremner and Fort York to Bathurst was one of the additional proposals contained in the ill-fated March, 2007, "Transit City" report (R.I.P.)...
mr. hood / September 30, 2013 at 10:48 am
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cant anyone do an original caesar idea anymore? this caesar looks like a gimmick, and how long do you have to wait to get it because of the slider. if i wanted a slider, i'd just order one..

also good job of trying to rip off the lobster caesar i had somewhere else

the location is great though, but no streetcar will service that location, just that fort york will eventually open up to bathurst, thus there will be walking access to both the 511 and 509 routes..
Nothing New / September 30, 2013 at 02:07 pm
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Looks very familiar dosnt it....
http://gamedayr.com/gamedayr/milwaukee-brewers-bloody-mary/
J / September 30, 2013 at 04:15 pm
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Super slow service. My lamb pasta was very salty. Would go back for drinks not food. Same as Williams landing
cityho / September 30, 2013 at 06:20 pm
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maybe all those cityplacers will stop killing themselves now!
cityno replying to a comment from cityho / October 3, 2013 at 09:08 am
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wtf?
E12 / October 14, 2013 at 07:33 pm
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Really? You wanted to lick the plate? Lucky for you there wasn't a curly hair in your plate like I had in mine! And don't get me started on the service....

The presentation is decent and i'm pretty sure that's what has everyone so hyped, and but the food is absolutely horrific. Seriously, how do you ruin a burger and poutine (not to mention the flat coke)? Not too surprising since the food at hunter's pretty much falls in the same category as william's.


I guess this critic's review on the restaurant is as credible as his feedback on the streetcar...i'll stick to the fox - where to food is hands down 100 times better and the service is out of this world....
Lana / October 15, 2013 at 01:10 pm
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I totally agree with E12 - I get that the neighbourhood could use some variety but i definitely do not see what all the hype's about.

So they dumped a whole lot of money into the look of the place, but someone should have informed the owners that it's not some gallery where we're going to take in the scenery - they should have invested in their food, chefs, and staff!

My waitress got my drink order wrong 3 times, my food was undercooked, while my dessert was dry and overcooked - guess bad things do come in threes

Foodie / January 19, 2014 at 08:37 am
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Went there last night with a group of 6. The service was great, the food was quite good and the atmosphere was good. The key problem: we were in the dining area and the music was so loud we were literally yelling at the top of our lungs to hear each other speak (I woke up this morning with no voice). I really don't understand why they can't adjust the volume level in the two rooms. Also, the parking situation is quite challenging. I don't think I would return for the two latter reasons.

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