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Weekly Lunch Pick: the warming venison chili at Bannock

(Image: Andrew Brudz)

Bannock, the latest addition to the Oliver and Bonacini empire, serves hearty Canadiana that’s a good foil for this wet fall. The restaurant is split into a eat-in dining room adorned with salvaged wood and a modern grab-and-go counter. Both menus include a few incarnations of its namesake flatbread—including pizza-style entrees and even a sweet version—along with burgers, sandwiches, and a pulled pork tourtière. An order of Ontario venison chuck chili ($15) delivers a generous bowl of rich, smoky venison chuck mixed with a rich tomato sauce and kidney beans, then topped with sour cream, green onions and finely shredded five-year-old Quebec cheddar. And, of course, a semicircle of herb and garlic bannock, perfect for dipping.

The cost: $27, including tax, tip and a 12 oz. glass of Mill Street Tankhouse Ale ($5.5o).

The time: 1 hour and 10 minutes to sit down; grab ’n’ go lunchers are in and out in a few minutes.

Bannock, 401 Bay St., 416-861-6996, bannockrestaurant.ca

  • Sandra

    Yep, the chili is a winner but so is the fish and shrimp cake, and you HAVE to try the duck poutine pizza to share.

    Read about my visit here:

    http://www.torontobites.net/?p=1418

  • danny

    LOOKS LIKE TURD ON A PLATE……CONGRATS OLIVER BONACACA

  • Restos in TO

    We agree. Chili’s hearty and smoky, and a relatively good value for $15 (although the same chili is available for about the half the price at the takeout window). We didn’t really taste the venison and it definitely could have passed as beef without us knowing.

    In any case, here’s the rest of our review of Bannock:
    http://restosinto.tumblr.com/post/10700562707/bannock

    Enjoy!

    Cheers,
    Restos in TO

 

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