Summerlicious – PROHIBITION Gastrohouse and Oyster Bar ★★1/2

Price: Over $15+

I went with a group of my foodie friends for a $15 Summerlicious lunch at PROHIBITION Gastrohouse. Decided to try this place out after seeing the popular reviews on Urbanspoon. It was a bit far for me to get there though, the restaurant is located near Queen and Broadview.

Entering the bar, I saw a lot of dark green walls, small booths, wooden tables and a little patio area for you to people watch. Our server was nice and polite but I noticed some attitude from one or two staff members. I thought I was paranoid but one of my friends even commented on it. So with the exception of our server, the service was a bit meh for me.

Onto my meal, I chose the Caesar Salad (romaine, balkan yogurt caesar dressing, crisp bacon, foccacia croutons, parmesan-reggiano) as my appetizer and it was pretty standard in taste for a caesar salad so no complaints there. I did inquire about the Soup du Jour but it was apparently unavailable. My main was Mac et Fromage (vesuvio pasta, black truffles, 4yr cave aged gruyère, aged cheddar, st. agur bleu, shallots, harmony organic cream, truffle oil, crumb crust), sounded so good to me. Sadly, I was disappointed with the dish. I found it overly oily with too many herbs. For dessert, I chose a nice Chocolate Mousse (callebaut chocolate mousse, house baked shortbread, Isigny St-Mere whipped cream, fresh fruit). The mousse worked well with the shortbread and whipped cream, it was sweet and the presentation was kind of cute.

Most of us tried similar dishes so I only got to sample the Haute Poutine (duck fat frites, duck confit, marinated pq curds, duck gravy, red wine jus) on the Summerlicious menu. It thought it was yummy and would recommend it out of the main dishes offered. One of my foodie friends did enjoy the Strawberry Shortcake (house baked scone, stasis Ontario strawberry jam, Isigny St-Mere whipped cream) but I didn’t have the opportunity to try it. Two of my other friends also ordered from the regular menu. Unfortunately, I only remember what one of them ordering a pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries. It was tasty!

Based on my experience, I can’t really recommend Prohibition as a must-visit for their Summerlicious menu but the regular menu would be worth a try. I think coming for drinks, poutine and sandwiches would be okay. Good place to check out if you’re in the area and want a quick lunch or drinks after work.

Location: 696 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON
Telephone: (416) 406-2669
Hours: Monday to Friday – 11:00 to 2:00am and Saturday & Sunday – 10:00 to 2:00am

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