The Twisted Kilt has opened at Yonge and Davisville, replacing local haunt The Bow and Arrow which closed its doors last year. A new twist on an old favourite, the owners of the Twisted Kilt have retained the authentic, heart-warming pub atmosphere; extensive beer selection and hometown grub, but added some Brit-pub comfort food onto the menu as well.
Adorned with stone fireplaces, candles and glowing amber lanterns, The Twisted Kilt is the cozy escape from our wicked Canadian winter. Spacious enough to enjoy an intimate dinner or catch the game on one of the many flat screen TVs that overlook the main bar, there is also a dance floor for live entertainment.
Part of the experience is selecting a beer from the "drink library" menu. Filled with beer explanations and recommendations, the menu is divided by draught and packaged beers, red and white wine and a scotch list.
I order a Pilsner-style, slightly bitter beer, the Austrian Warsteiner Verum Bier ($6.50). Light and smooth, the slight bitterness and carbonation promises to cut through the greasy burger I have decided to order, and is very refreshing.
I crave a good burger on a cold night like this - well lets face it, I can always go for a burger - and the Roasted Chopped AAA Sirloin Burger with Smokey Bacon and Celery Root Remoulade ($13) fulfills my craving. The burger is a little too charbroiled for my taste, however once I bite into the celery root, I find the creamy remoulade compliments the bacon and sirloin nicely, balancing out the spices and moistening the burger up. The accompanying coleslaw is light and creamy with just a hint of lemon. As if that wasn't enough food, I "Poutine de Jour"-ed ($3) my fries, meaning they are topped with a hearty dose of finely ground beef, carrots, kidney beans, gravy and cheese and is actually more of a chili fries than a poutine.
But the British pub food is really where The Twisted Kilt takes you for a spin. Standard fare such as fish and chips ($11) comes with a side of mushy peas that are hearty and pleasantly not too mushy. The fish is battered in Sleeman Cream Ale and is soft and light, crumbling into a zingy tarter sauce. We are easily persuaded to order the bread pudding ($5) for dessert, a spongy, delicate mass swimming in a buttery light sauce with hints of chocolate, raisins and topped with whipped cream.
With many more tempting dishes on the menu - Yorkshire puddings ($5), corned beef & sauerkraut sliders ($9), and steak and ale pie ($13), I look forward to another freezing evening where I can retreat to The Twisted Kilt.