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My Place – A Canadian Pub is a relatively new (opened in 2009) pub in Bloor West Village (well, almost, but close enough). Last Thursday was our third time, and likely the last. We were fortunate enough to have our good friend Paul up for the evening, and what better way to celebrate than some Canadian Pub Fare? We made reservations, although we clearly did not need to, the place was empty. I’ve always found this place a bit pricey for exactly what you got, but when I went on line I had noticed that they had lowered their prices, so we thought we’d give them another go.

The pub is retro-fitted from a very badly designed sports bar of yester-year. The new décor is OK, but with all of Brad Long’s design connections, I would have expected better. The bar and area is very nice, old mini school-house lights, dark wooden shelves, great tin ceilings. The restaurant area still has too much of a European bad sports bar décor for my taste (angled wood surround brick on walls which looks kinda churchy, and there are some stained glass windows). School house lamps continue in the main dining area, but there are some weird ‘taps’ protruding from the wall which may have been booth lighting in years past, but are now just strange taps. The back dining room has the ugliest fluted glass and brass lamps hanging from the ceiling (why not school house lights here too?). The booths are OK, no big impression. I do recall that the place was freezing cold, and it was only November 4! Both front and back stairs have seen better days, broken tile, rickety stairs.

The place is huge, but broken up into smaller spaces which is nice. The restrooms downstairs are fine, Toto toilets (although mine wouldn’t stop filling!).

The food. The portions are a good size – although a bit pricey. Paul started with the cup of chili, which was about 2 cups worth. It was delicious, lots of cumin. Mains: I had the Grilled Vegetable Tortilla with Sour Cream and Guacamole, JT had the fish and chips and Paul had the pulled Berkshire Pork. My tortilla was delicious and huge, I finished only half of it. JT’s fish batter was soggy, personally, I would have sent it back, but he didn’t want to make a scene; Paul’s pulled pork (which we’ve had before, first time was great, second time was so so, too much fat, not enough meat and too much sauce) had no comment. I brought my Tortilla home and JT had it for lunch the next day. They forgot to put in the sour cream and guacamole (yes, there was enough left over).

Overall, this place is not drawing me back anytime soon. There are far too many new places to try in Toronto.

My Place – A Canadian Pub: Overall rating (in my opinion): Decor 2.5/5, service 2.5/5, food 2.5/5, Value 2/5, Noise: 4/5 (1 being very noisy, and 5 being very quiet)

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