The Green Wood
The Green Wood has a motto, and that’s “eat goods well.” They’re serving the community with super long hours starting at 8 a.m., going til late night on weekends.
It’s owned by the team behind Distrikt 461 who also owns SPiN, a Toronto extension of a ping pong bar concept, who's joined by head chef Elisa Corrigan. Ping pong is bit of a far cry from local gastronomy, but Corrigan also had a hand in opening the Urban Herbivore Eaton Centre location.
The interior is long and industrial with a sort of cage-like element as you enter and plenty of metal and brick. It’s a few steps down from the street and mostly tiled.
Appetizer plate Issy’s Nosh ($12) can be made vegan, although my favourite thing on there is the Fisher Folk smoked salmon. Marinated olives, grilled veggies, hummus, cheeses, beets and a cucumber salad ring very firm and crunchy crostini.
You can’t have nibbles without a drink, so we go for the Ivy Ave ($12), a twist on a bourbon sour made with maple syrup and rosemary named after a local street. You can also put together your own drink right at your table for $8, with options like spring water and pear for mix.
The Greens ($12) is a zanier cocktail, a combination of gin, apple cider, kale juice, lemon and ginger garnished with a huge frilly kale leaf. I can moreso see myself getting this virgin for breakfast, but you’ll love it if you enjoy pairing naughty with nice.
Souk fries ($12) are hand cut and topped with grilled eggplant, the same cucumber salad (interesting), fried halloumi, a fried egg and a drizzle of spicy tahini.
Just like mom, they remind you to “Eat Your Greens” ($8), a salad of every vegetable they have tossed in a simple vinaigrette, which is actually clean and not too much of a hodge podge.
I recommend the celeriac root schnitzel sandwich ($12) to all vegetarians and people. The braised cabbage on top sweetens it and you get a ton of crunch and clean celery flavour.
TGWB (I know you can figure it out) goes for $15 and is a whopper of house ground chuck and sirloin with their house mac sauce and ketchup, plus all the standard toppings, on a milk bun.
Delicious apple fritters are stuffed to bursting with Ontario imperial apples and pastry cream, with a Norfolk county maple syrup glaze.
There’s table seating with pleasantly light wooden chairs on one side, and bar seating on the other. There’s also a table where the big front window is, and a spacious patio for summer.