Friday, March 23, 2018

Peter Pan Bistro: A Queen Street Icon Reborn

A Queen Street West landmark since the 1930s, Peter Pan has been reborn under chef Noah Goldberg, serving bistro-style French and Canadian comfort food in a newly restored space. Thankfully, many of original elements were kept: the wood banquettes, vintage tin ceiling, 20-foot marbletop bar, the façade’s stained-glass windows and iconic pendant lights — and of course they kept the name. Some new elements were introduced to modernize the space, with wall sconces salvaged from Toronto’s defunct Captain John’s seafood restaurant and funky wall tapestries created by London-based English multimedia artist Debbie Lawson, depicting heads of deer, moose and bear fashioned from resin and sandwiched between pieces of carpet. 
Goldberg describes his cuisine as "contemporary Canadiana," with dishes such as Croque Madame, French Onion Soup, Duck Cassoulet with duck confit, pulled pork, toulouse sausage and white beans, and Salt Spring Island Mussel Bouillabaisse with tomato, fennel and sea asparagus. Brunch is served daily on the lunch menu featuring the usual suspects with a twist: Eggs Benedict with Lox, hollandaise, potato latke and salad greens, Roasted Beet Salad with za'atar spiced goats yogurt, puffed rice, watercress, beet chips, Leek Omelette with goat cheese and tomato, and Shakshuka with eggs, tomato, roasted peppers, labne and za'atar. Of course, there's also a burger — The Pan Burger with cheddar cheese, tomato chutney, carmelized onion, worcestershire mayo and frites, and British stalwart, Fish and Chips with beer battered cod served with mushy peas and housemade tartare sauce. With a terrific wine list featuring 'Women Winemakers' and friendly efficient staff, arriving for an early lunch before heading to the AGO to see the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors installation, a quick bite at Peter Pan hit the spot.

Peter Pan Lunch on Queen Street in the 1950s

Many of the original design details of the original Peter Pan were retained during the restoration such as the tin ceilings, polished oak booths, the marble bar top and the gorgeous glass entry

A vase of beautiful yellow forsythia on the marble bar is a sign 
that Spring is just around the corner

Wall hanging shaped like a deer head complete with antlers made from Persian rugs
by English artist Debbie Lawson

Bistro-style table setting with Laguiole knife and dish towel napkin

Wine list with wines by the glass features women winemakers 

Tiberio Trebbiano d'Abruzzo was one of the wines featured on the Women Winemakers menu

A delicious crisp clean wine with a lovely aroma and flavours of flavors of green apple, 
anise and almond

Brussels Sprout Caesar Salad with raw and roasted brussels sprouts, caesar dressing, 
bacon lardons and croutons

Bacon lardons served on the side for the Caesar

Goat Cheese, Tomato and Leek Omelette with potato latke and greens

Eggs Benedict with lox, hollandaise, potato latke and green salad

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