Monthly Archives: July 2013

Morgans on the Danforth

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Morgans on the Danforth
Summerlicious is here! So was the annual street festival in Little India, but by the time I went to it with food in mind, there was torrential rain, a fire truck and, from what I hear, a ruptured/blown up propane tank. Nice. I was at Morgans on the Danforth on Saturday when it was nicer [and by that I mean 39 Celsius with the humidity, ironically very close to New Delhi weather]. So I can’t review the festival this year, sadly, but then there’s the Taste on the Danforth, God there’s a lot of stuff going on the minute school stops.
Morgans interior
Anyways, Morgans on the Danforth is a pub that could easily pass as a restaurant or family place, but also one that has a very large menu of alcohol, maybe even enough to tide over a citizen of The Czech Republic [they drink the most beer in the world, and some people literally bathe in Guinness], but it looked good. So did the classy, air-conditioned seating and the talented singer/guitarist who was also a friend of someone in our group named Dan.

The waitress was lovely, and one of the owners, I always love it when the owners/managers start serving because it shows they really care, was also quite polite [rhyme time!]. Morgans was apparently having some trouble with all the orders, since this was their first Summerlicious, but they took it with grace, I didn’t even notice til they told us.
Two versions of their Caesar salad.  The top accommodating Dan's no dairy and the bottom one accommodating Callum's no bacon

Two versions of their Caesar salad. The top accommodating Dan’s no dairy and the bottom one accommodating Callum’s no bacon

Dan and I had the Caesar salads, and mom had the tomato soup. Both were delicious, and appetized without filling up. I noticed that while the salads were on small plates, they filled them and were bigger portions than some other places’ salads. The dressing was perfect, the veggies ultra-fresh, and the cheese the perfect touch.
great flavour and the crostini was like a biscotti to coffee

great flavour and the crostini was like a biscotti to coffee

The soup was smoked, which was far superior than the bland taste associated with tomato soup usually.
Next up were the main courses, by the way mom was the only person who ordered something different, so you’ll only see two menu items from each course [men like the same things I guess, which probably explains the success of The Fast and Furious saga, using the mid-life crisis theorem].
image courtesy of dbcovers.com

image courtesy of dbcovers.com

The men had the Angus burgers with fries, and mom had the pizza. The burgers could rank in some of the best I’ve had, along with Big Smokes, Burger Stomper’s and The Works.
Morgans' Pizza Frita Margherita   the lightly fried dough was a fantastic twist

Morgans’ Pizza Frita Margherita the lightly fried dough was a fantastic twist

What makes them different from a lot of Toronto’s super-modern burgers is that instead of bizarro combinations and recipes, some of which are simply gross, Morgans uses top-quality ingredients to make good food. That includes everything from the juicy, flavourful beef to the home-made fries and smoked ketchup.
Editor’s note: Callum is still not eating pork, he took the bacon off before diving in.
I will never be fully happy with bottled ketchup again

I will never be fully happy with bottled ketchup again

I’m telling ya Morgans, you’re wise to avoid that store-bought stuff, burn Heinz at the stake if you have to, the do-it-yourself brand is way better.
Last but not least are the just desserts. I had the apple-cake [not pie, cake] and mom the {creme-boo-le type stuff she had}, we think she likes lighter courses that you can eat with a spoon.
like the crumbly part of an apple pie on top of a moist sponge cake

like the crumbly part of an apple pie on top of a moist sponge cake

The apple cake had a wonderful crunchy apple pie layer on top, and a delectable cake underneath: perfect with the ice-cream. Mom’s pudding was nice too, but I’m not the kind of person to comment on that sort of dessert, I like really filling stuff.
Burnt Sugar Bundino - basically a really nice caramel pudding

Burnt Sugar Bundino – basically a really nice caramel pudding

This is the part of the review where I conclude and try to lend advice to anyone who works at the restaurant who is reading this. I hear that Morgans is struggling with Summerlicious (just a bit overwhelmed with the demand, but very gracious about it), and I do worry about how the full portion sizes are worth quite a lot more than the 15 dollar bill, but I also say that it might pay off with positive reviews like this one, and word-of-mouth. All I can say is that you might feel a little panicky with huge amounts of customers, but you really just look extremely professional. Keep it up, in other words. I whole-heartily recommend Morgans on the Danforth with an extra helping of acclaim.
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