Taylors Landing is part of the Williams Landing and Hunters Landing family. It's located at the Shops at Don Mills and the giant restaurant and bar is named after E.P. Taylor, the owner of Winfield Farms who raised one of Canada's most famous race horses, Northern Dancer.
It's a massive space with seating for over 250 inside and another one hundred on the patio. The eclectic interior incorporates raw concrete, custom metalwork and luxe, leather upholstered booths.
The menu offers a broad range of pub grub as well a few atypically healthy, superfood-studded dishes, like the Salmon Freekah ($14). A piece of Bay of Fundy salmon comes over a salad of green wheat with kale, chickpeas and apricots in a za'atar dressing.
Taylor's Greens ($14) is one of the vegetarian options that even a carnivore would find appealing. The medley of quinoa, barley, kale, avocado and seasonal veggies is dressed with lime ginger dressing and finished with cashews and a sprinkling of chia seeds.
On the other end of the spectrum there's the ultra indulgent brisket mac and cheese ($9). It's a slab of cheesy noodles with slow-smoked brisket served with a smoked onion aioli and poblano BBQ sauce.
The burger ($14) starts with house-ground beef grilled on the flat top and nestled into a fresh brioche bun. A slice of cheddar, house-made pickle chips and a thick slice of beefsteak tomato to top it off.
In a neighbourhood that's kind of taco-challenged, options like the El Chapo street corn ($4) and a trio of tacos ($5 each) fill the void.
These cobs rolled in lime crema and ancho peppers are an excellent accompaniment to tortillas (flour or corn both available) topped with selections like basa fish with grilled pineapple, slow-roasted pork with pico and beef cheeks with charred corn.
At the central bar, beer is the big seller. Find 16 taps pouring local brews by the pint or growler (as opposed to pitchers. There's at least one cider and wine on tap too, plus cocktails like the honey-sweetened Honey Smash ($12) with strawberries, raspberries, mint and vodka.
A pared-down menu is offered late night and brunch is served on weekends. Like all the other Landing restaurants, the brunch-time Caesar features eye-popping garnishes, like a mini corn on the cob to snack on while you wait for your breakfast skillet ($12) to arrive.
Photos by Hector Vasquez.